BOOKMARK’s big names re­vealed

Bake Off’s Flora and for­mer MP Alan are on bill

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - INTIMATIONS - Clare Damodaran

This year’s Blair­gowrie, Rat­tray and the Glens book festival pro­gramme was un­veiled at a spe­cial Taste of BOOKMARK event in Blair­gowrie Town Hall on Satur­day.

Seven well-known and re­spected writ­ers will be com­ing to Blair­gowrie in Oc­to­ber for the festival, which is now in its fifth year.

Award-win­ning nov­el­ists Christopher Brook­myre and Rachel Crowther, Lin Anderson - the co­founder of the very suc­cess­ful crimewrit­ing festival, Bloody Scot­land for­mer MP Alan John­son and Great Bri­tish Bake Off contestant Flora Shed­den are all on the bill for the au­tumn event.

And this year’s festival also sees the re­turn of two pop­u­lar word­smiths, with Martin Bell OBE and for­mer Ed­in­burgh Makar Ron But­lin both mak­ing their sec­ond ap­pear­ances at BOOKMARK.

An­nounc­ing the pro­gramme, chair of the BOOKMARK festival Janey Lam­bie said: “We are de­lighted to be able to an­nounce the line-up for this year’s festival.

“We’ve got quite a few in­ter­est­ing au­thors lined-up.

“Chris Brook­myre will be open­ing the festival talk­ing about his lat­est novel, and emerg­ing au­thor Rachel Crowther will be talk­ing about the com­plex­i­ties of fe­male life.

“We are so pleased to be able to an­nounce that Martin Bell, who was hugely pop­u­lar when he last ap­peared at BOOKMARK, is mak­ing a re­turn visit to our festival, and that Ron But­lin will also be re­turn­ing to Blair­gowrie.

“And Lin Anderson, Perthshire’s own Flora Shed­don and for­mer MP Alan John­son all look set to be big draws as well.”

The taste of BOOKMARK launch event also fea­tured award-win­ning chef and lo­cal lad Graeme Pal­lis­ter, who gave a talk and cook­ery demonstration at the event.

There was pro­duce from lo­cal food pro­duc­ers - in­clud­ing Ali­son’s Kitchen, Cairn O’Mohr, Drum­turk Cheese and Euan McIntyre Berries - at the launch and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by Cam­pus Strings, a mu­si­cal en­sem­ble of pupils from St Stephen’s and Ne­whill pri­mary schools, led by tal­ented mu­si­cian Au­drey Mat­tner.

Graeme said: “It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to be back in my home town and to be in­vited to dis­cuss my pas­sion for well­be­ing and its con­nec­tion with food - and in par­tic­u­lar the ef­forts of ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers in this re­gard - at this event.

“The BOOKMARK pro­gramme looks very ex­cit­ing and ev­ery­one was buzzing about it.

“It’s good to have some big names com­ing to the area and I’m su­per-ex­cited for them, it looks as though it’s go­ing to be an awe­some week­end.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor for the Blair­gowrie and Glens ward Tom McEwan was at the launch.

He said: “It was good to be at the launch of an­other ex­cel­lent BOOKMARK festival pro­gramme, it’s a great event for the area, bring­ing lots of big-name au­thors to Cat­eran coun­try to dis­cuss their work.

Janey added: “Ev­ery­one seemed to have a great af­ter­noon, and we sold quite a few tick­ets for Oc­to­ber.

“Hope­fully this will get the word out there that it’s go­ing to be an­other fan­tas­tic festival and to make sure you that get your tick­ets in plenty of time.”

The fifth an­nual BOOKMARK festival takes place at Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Cam­pus on Oc­to­ber 6 and Oc­to­ber 7.

Tick­ets are avail­able now from Blair­gowrie Li­brary, tele­phone 01250 871305, Water­stones in Perth, tele­phone 01738 630013 or on­line at www.book­mark­blair.com.

Thought-pro­vok­ing Award-win­ning chef and lo­cal lad Graeme Pal­lis­ter talked about his pas­sion for well­be­ing and its con­nec­tion with food

Tasters D Mac­far­lane from Cor­ner­stone Deli, pic­tured right, with Catriona Innes at Taste of BOOKMARK

En­ter­tain­ment There was mu­sic from the Cam­pus Strings group

An­nounce­ment Chair of the BOOKMARK festival, Janey Lam­bie

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