Barrhead author Christopher Brookmyre is among those who will be appearing at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival this autumn.

The talented crime writer will be joined by his wife, Marisa Haetzman, to discuss the books they have released under their nom de plume, Ambrose Parry.

A Corruption of Blood, the third instalment in a series of thrillers set in Edinburgh in the 1850s, was released in August.

Chris and Marisa will give Tartan Noir fans an insight into their work when they take centre stage at the festival on Friday, November 5.

The festival is moving temporarily from its usual base at Harmony Garden to Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, whose 250th anniversary is being celebrated during 2021.

Others appearing at next month’s event include crime writers Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin, as well as former prime minister Gordon Brown.

The festival is welcoming audiences back for the first time since 2019, after last year’s event was effectively cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the programme taking place online.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the book-loving public back.”

More than 60 events will take place over the course of the festival, which runs from November 2 to 7.

The event featuring Chris and Marisa starts at 6.30pm and ticket prices are from £9.

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