Taynuilt turns out for Book­ends pop-up event

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

A crisp and clear sunny Satur­day in Taynuilt was the set­ting for the first Book­ends pop-up event which or­gan­is­ers said was a huge suc­cess.

The event in Taynuilt Vil­lage Hall saw lo­cals and vis­i­tors browse a great se­lec­tion of preloved books as well as hav­ing a cuppa and a piece of home bak­ing.

Last year saw the in­au­gu­ral Ben­der­loch Book­ends Fes­ti­val which drew 1,000 vis­i­tors dur­ing the last week in Septem­ber.

Joy Cameron, one of the or­gan­is­ers, ex­plained: ‘The idea is to cre­ate a warm and com­fort­able space for book lovers to ex­change, share and en­joy a vast range of books from ro­man­tic and crime thrillers to books giv­ing ad­vice on how to run a small­hold­ing.

‘Dur­ing the main fes­ti­val in­vited au­thors came to read po­etry and prose and share the ex­pe­ri­ence of cre­at­ing a piece of writ­ten work from the first glim­mer of a story to pub­li­ca­tion.

‘There were also work­shops on yo­gic chant­ing and tap­ping to gain emo­tional freedom.

‘Many vis­i­tors to the orig­i­nal fes­ti­val re­turned over the days to sam­ple the Reading Room in the Vic­tory Hall, Ben­der­loch, and were dis­ap­pointed when the fes­ti­val drew to a close.’

Joy con­tin­ued: ‘We so en­joyed shar­ing the space which Book­ends cre­ated that it seemed a shame not to re­peat it and a year seemed a long time to wait.

‘A team of am­bas­sadors helped to make the fes­ti­val stand out from oth­ers by man­ning book bins and boxes around the area where sec­ond-hand books could be stored and ex­change in ad­vance of the fes­ti­val.

‘The book boxes in Taynuilt and Bar­cal­dine as well as one in Hope Kitchen, con­tinue to be used so it seemed nat­u­ral to bring a pop-up event to where there was in­ter­est in do­ing a lit­tle more book shar­ing.’

Taynuilt pop-up vis­i­tors had a visit from the au­thor Rus­sell Camp­bell, orig­i­nally from the vil­lage.

Rus­sell came to share and chat with vis­i­tors and meet two of the lo­cal au­thors who are al­ready signed to ap­pear at the Book­ends Fes­ti­val in Ben­der­loch in 2017.

They are Lind­say Camp­bell, au­thor of Ane

Com­pact of Vil­lany and who is in the process of re­search­ing her next book Now Pris­oner With

in which she de­scribes as ‘mur­der, riot and crime in old Ar­gyll’.

Other book­ings for Book­ends Fes­ti­val Ben­der­loch 2017 in­clude Alas­dair Satchel with an ex­cit­ing story-telling ses­sion for all ages, and a one-man play based on the writ­ing in a Rus­sian ex­plorer’s diary.

Book­ends Fes­ti­val Ben­der­loch runs from Septem­ber 23-30, 2017.

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