We are delighted to announce that our next author event will be with Johnny Scott, a well-kent face in the Borders. He will be joining us at Mainstreet on Tues 14th May talking about his new book, The Countryman.

There is something for everyone here, whether you are a country dweller; an urban nature lover; an amateur historian or a budding naturalist, the variety of subjects covered is a real treasure trove.

What are the origins of Oak Apple Day and when and where is it still celebrated? What do you know about Morecambe Bay shrimps or gulls’ eggs – how do they make the journey from harvest to plate? What is a hag stone and what is its connection to a horse brass? Do you know what marl is and where would you find it? Answers to these questions and so many others are to be found within these pages.

Johnny’s acute powers of observation and fluent style enable him to convey his lifelong experiences and knowledge of the natural world in an informative but accessible way. His understanding of the origins of country customs and celebratory festivals is extensive, and his affection for them and all that the countryside has to offer shines through.

EVENT DATE: May 2019