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Walter Scott 250 Launch

Smailholm Tower is adjacent to Sandyknowe Farm where Scott lived as a boy, and his early experiences here were a great source of inspiration his whole life and fed into his novels, histories and folkloric works.

From his boyhood at Smailholm to his maturity in Abbotsford, the entire story of Scott’s life and death is written on the Borders landscape, so Smailholm’s intimate link with Scott gives it a particular potency and magic as we begin the celebrations of his 250th year.

Presented by Brian Taylor, former BBC correspondent and past president of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, this broadcast features well known Scott fans including award-winning author and presenter Damian Barr, Scottish history Professor Sir Tom Devine, TV present, author and journalist Kirsty Wark and Outlander author Diana Gabaldon.