Best-sell­ing au­thors splash­down in Tar­bert

Campbeltown Courier - - FEATURE -

Travel tales and crime ca­pers trip off the pages in the lat­est chap­ter of Tar­bert’s book fes­ti­val next week.

Head­lin­ing, the fifth fes­ti­val, at 11am on Satur­day at Tar­bert Arts and Leisure Cen­tre, is travel au­thor and BBC Grand Tours pre­sen­ter Paul Mur­ton.

He is mak­ing waves with his west coast ex­plo­ration ex­trav­a­ganza – The He­brides, which in­cluded voy­ages to 80 is­lands.

One of the fes­ti­val founders, Lisa Tut­tle of Tor­in­turk, head­lines the fi­nal ses­sion on Sun­day af­ter­noon

The Amer­i­can au­thor, who moved to Ar­gyll 22 years ago, has writ­ten in many gen­res from sci­ence fic­tion to his­tor­i­cal de­tec­tive fic­tion. Her lat­est work is set in 1890 – The Cu­ri­ous Af­fair of Jes­per­son and Lane.

On Tues­day Lisa told the Courier: ‘The fes­ti­val has grown from a con­ver­sa­tion at a Loch Fyne Christ­mas party.’

The is­lands theme is car­ried into the af­ter­noon when Alan McKirdy, au­thor of Ar­gyll and the Is­lands and Land­scapes in Stone,

digs up the re­gion’s ge­ol­ogy in an hour­long talk.

Car­tog­ra­pher and ge­og­ra­pher royal for Scot­land, Charles With­ers, au­thor of Map­ping Scot­land’s Is­lands, con­tin­ues the day’s theme, but brings the fes­ti­val back to the sur­face, in mid-af­ter­noon on Satur­day, in his il­lus­trated trip of the maps of the is­lands.

Ear­lier, on Fri­day, at Tar­bert Academy, Dr Ken MacTag­gart, from In­ver­aray, au­thor of the best­selling Haynes Man­ual for As­tro­nauts, will take a gi­ant leap for the fes­ti­val when he gives pupils’ tips on travel to the outer edges of the so­lar sys­tem.

Dr MacTag­gart is joined by Theresa Bres­lin, whose lat­est book, of about 40, The Rasputin Dag­ger, is set in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary times of the Ro­manovs.

The flavour changes at Spring­bank dis­tillery’s Stone­field Ses­sion on Satur­day evening. Af­ter the whisky tast­ing at 7pm, the fes­ti­val takes a darker turn into the murky world of Christo­pher Brook­myre’s fic­tional in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, Jack Par­la­bane. Crime and Nour­ish­ment at the Isth­mus on Sun­day morn­ing starts with an early brunch be­fore Charles E McGarry un­mask’s Leo Moral.

In McGarry’s novel The Ghost of He­len Ad­di­son Ar­gyll ac­tion in a ma­jes­tic land­scape forms the back­ground for his de­tec­tive to weave his magic.

Lisa Tut­tle added: ‘The fes­ti­val is dif­fer­ent ev­ery year and it is a mat­ter of get­ting the bal­ance right.

‘There are many book fes­ti­val’s in Scot­land, but it is a great chance to meet the au­thors and the end of Oc­to­ber is a much bet­ter time for Tar­bert.’

Au­thor and Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val founder Lisa Tut­tle.

Above: As­tro­naut’s man­ual au­thor Dr Ken MacTag­gart. Above right: The As­tro­naut, Own­ers’ Wor­shop Man­ual cover.

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