Suc­cess­ful chap­ter for Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LEISURE - By Emily Jami­son

Tar­bert book­worms had a chance to en­joy talks and sign­ings from some of Scot­land’s most tal­ented writ­ers, in­clud­ing award-win­ning au­thor Chris Brook­myre.

The week­end be­gan with the launch of the fes­ti­val on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 27, fea­tur­ing a closed pre­sen­ta­tion from Theresa Bres­lin, who has more than 40 books pub­lished, and chil­dren’s au­thor Ken MacTag­gart.

Fi­nal­ists in the sec­ond Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val short story writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion were also an­nounced, in­clud­ing Si­mon Cow­droy who had trav­elled from Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, for the cer­e­mony.

Satur­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off with a talk from BBC Grand Tours pre­sen­ter Paul Mur­ton, who spoke about his ad­ven­tures sail­ing to more than 80 is­lands in Scot­land’s Outer Hebrides.

A talk from ge­ol­ogy au­thor Alan McKirdy fol­lowed, with a pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cused on the ge­ol­ogy land­scape of Ar­gyll and the Is­lands. Alan’s book ‘Land of the Moun­tain and Flood’ was nom­i­nated for the Saltire Re­search Book of the Year award for his work in pro­mot­ing the study of en­vi­ron­men­tal ge­ol­ogy in Scot­land.

Charles With­ers, a ge­og­ra­pher for Royal Scot­land, fol­lowed the theme of re­search with his il­lus­trated talk on the his­tory of map­ping the Scot­tish is­lands.


Re­view­ing the map­ping of Scot­land and its is­lands from as far back as the 15th cen­tury, Charles’ talk in­cluded the his­tory be­hind some of the small­est is­lands - Min­gu­lay and Ailsa Craig.

A high­light for many across the week­end, award-win­ning au­thor Chris Brook­myre took to the stage at the Stone­field Cas­tle Ho­tel to talk about the ideas be­hind the books that ce­mented him as one of Scot­land’s great­est crime writ­ers.

With an ex­tra hour in bed thanks to the time change, book­worms were ready for an­other day of book fes­ti­val fun.

Sun­day’s event kicked off with au­thor Charles McGarry speak­ing to fans about his book ‘ The Ghost of Helen Ad­di­son’, the first book in his fic­tion de­tec­tive se­ries based on Leo Moral. Based lo­cally, the novel’s pro­tag­o­nist trav­els across Ar­gyll fol­low­ing the rit­u­al­is­tic mur­ders of sev­eral young women.

Sci-fi, hor­ror and fan­tasy au­thor Lisa Tut­tle, orig­i­nally from Texas, gave her talk on her novel se­ries ‘ The Cu­ri­ous Af­fairs of Jeper­son and Lane’. Dis­cussing the idea of her 1890s-based novel se­ries, Lisa ex­plained the idea be­hind the mys­tery novel set in re­al­is­tic his­toric set­tings.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Su­san Con­nor said: ‘ We were de­lighted with all our guest au­thors and their presentations which were all var­ied in style and con­tent.

‘All the Satur­day ses- sions were sell-outs, or al­most. We sold more tick­ets this year than ever be­fore.

‘ The com­mit­tee would like to thank our guests, our au­di­ence and our main spon­sor Blue En­ergy. Again, Tar­bert Arts and Leisure Cen­tre was an ideal venue, with our fes­ti­val ex­hi­bi­tion on the ground floor, the main writer events on the mid­dle floor and the top floor for Writ­ers’ Work­shop.

‘ The Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a lit­er­ary event not to be missed.’


Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, left to right, Liz Scott, Su­san Con­nor, Lil­lias Ma­cAl­is­ter and Suse Coon.


Bar­bara Pauly from Falkirk and Kate Mun­dell from Ari­saig with Charles With­ers, one of the au­thors of ‘Map­ping Scot­land’s Is­lands’.

Si­mon Cow­droy flew in from Aus­tralia to read his short story ‘Click.’

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