Scot­tish au­thors, past and present, cel­e­brated at Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LEISURE -

There are still tick­ets avail­able to at­tend the var­i­ous work­shops of the long-awaited Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val.

In its sixth round, the an­nual pro­gramme of lit­er­ary and po­etic ex­pres­sion will run from Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26 to Sun­day Oc­to­ber 28 and host writ­ers from all over Ar­gyll.

On Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27, Robert Louis Steven­son is the sub­ject of the open­ing ses­sions of this year’s week­end with Liz Shaw bring­ing her his­tor­i­cal novel, No Safe An­chor­age, fol­lowed by Bella Bathurst talk­ing about The Light­house Steven­sons, and Joseph Far­rell con­cen­trat­ing on a new ac­count of the fi­nal years the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde au­thor spent in the South Pa­cific, with his book Robert Louis Steven­son in Samoa.

Clos­ing the Satur­day pro­gramme is an ap­pear­ance by Bella Bathurst when she will dis­cuss Sound: A Story of Hear­ing Lost and Found, which is her ac­claimed ac­count of the ex­pe­ri­ence of go­ing deaf in adult­hood and how she even­tu­ally re­cov­ered.

Tar­bert Academy will host vis­its from Scot­tish poet Stu­art Pater­son and from the cre­ator of the Sandy Seal books, He­len Cor­mack.

Fri­day evening sees the award­ing of the an­nual writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion prizes in Loch Fyne Gallery. With en­tries from across the globe, this year has seen two com­pe­ti­tions for writ­ers, an open cat­e­gory and a new novice sec­tion.

Satur­day evening sees the wel­come re­turn of one of Scot­land’s top crime writ­ers, Denise Mina, to the Stone­field Cas­tle Ho­tel for an in­sight into The Long Drop, her semi-fic­tion­alised ac­count of no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer Peter Manuel and the events of one night in the Glas­gow of 1957 in­ter­wo­ven with a por­trayal of his trial.

Re­fresh­ments will greet those head­ing to Tar­bert’s Starfish Restau­rant on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 28 for cel­e­bra­tions of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie nov­el­ist, Muriel Spark.

Brian Mor­ton is in con­ver­sa­tion with Alan Tay­lor, dis­cussing Tay­lor’s book Ap­point­ment in Arezzo, a mem­oir of his friend­ship with Muriel Spark in the ’90s.

In the clos­ing ses­sion of the week­end, Struan Steven­son will talk about The Course of His­tory: 10 Meals that Changed the World.

With ac­com­pa­ny­ing recipes de­vised by Tony Singh, this fas­ci­nat­ing book looks at how some of the great events of his­tory have been shaped by food and links the menus of the past with the his­toric hap­pen­ings.

Tick­ets to each event in the pro­gramme are avail­able at tick­et­source.co.uk/ tar­bert­book­fes­ti­val

Denise Mina will be a guest on Satur­day night with her semi-fic­tional novel about se­rial killer Peter Manuel.

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