Book­ends Fes­ti­val opens for its sec­ond chap­ter

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Ben­der­loch’s sec­ond Book­ends Fes­ti­val launched its week-long pro­gramme to­day ( Thursday).

This year’s fes­ti­val of the writ­ten and spo­ken word, which runs from Septem­ber 23-30, fea­tures au­thors read­ing books rang­ing from King Arthur to free out­door fit­ness.

‘ Last year was the first Book­ends and we hadn’t en­vis­aged it would be so pop­u­lar,’ writes or­gan­iser Joy Cameron.

‘ We trans­form the Vic­tory Hall in Ben­der­loch into a sump­tu­ous read­ing room where most of the action takes place. The 100-yearold, wood-lined hall is filled with couches and comfy arm­chairs, the walls lined with tall book­shelves crammed full of books on all sub­jects. The chil­dren’s area was very pop­u­lar last year and we’re hop­ing to have more teen lit­er­a­ture and in­ter­est this year.’

The read­ing room’s doors will be of­fi­cially opened by Kenneth Steven on Satur­day Septem­ber 23 at 3pm, fol­lowed that evening by a talk from au­thor Adam Ar­drey, who will share sto­ries of King Arthur, and where he walked in Ben­der­loch, from his book Find­ing Arthur.

Kathleen An­der­son will then read from her book Sweaty Hugs, which de­tails her discovery of free out­door fit­ness in the USA, which is now spread­ing world­wide. Lind­say Camp­bell from Kilmelford will re­veal Ar­gyll’s acts of skull­dug­gery from her book, Ane Com­pact of Vil­lany.

Graeme Pa­gan is well known for the marvel­lously en­ter­tain­ing tales in Once Bit­ten Twice Fined, and he and Ali­son Pringle have co- writ­ten a book on be­reave­ment, which he as­sures isn’t all doom and gloom. Graeme and Ali­son will read from Don’t Men­tion the Coal Scut­tle, and talk about how they came to write this book and how it has helped them and oth­ers over the years.

To com­ple­ment the Book­ends Fes­ti­val, Oban’s Phoenix Cinema will also show films The Help, The Ship­ping News and Dead Poet’s So­ci­ety.

You can find the fes­ti­val’s full pro­gramme at its web­site www. book­ends. scot, which goes ac­tive on Thursday, and fur­ther up­dates on its Face­book page, Book­ends Fes­ti­val Ben­der­loch.

The Book­ends Fes­ti­val read­ing room.

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