An­other new chap­ter in the BOOK­MARK story

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col­leagues, Kath­leen Walker and Rhona Christie, the com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers for all their sup­port through­out 2017.

“I would also like to wish Gail and all of the BOOK­MARK team for ev­ery pos­si­ble suc­cess in 2018.”

Gail is ex­pected to be of­fi­cially c o n f i r me d i n t h e r o l e a t t h e BOOK­MARK AGM in Jan­uary.

Speak­ing to the Blairie she said that she was keen to get in­volved with what she de­scribed as an “ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic event for the town”.

She ex­plained: “I first ap­proached the BOOK­MARK team in my ca­pac­ity as chair of the Muriel Spark So­ci­ety about per­haps do­ing a Muriel Spark event next year to mark the cen­te­nary of her birth, and was asked to be chair of the book fes­ti­val com­mit­tee.

“I was de­lighted to be asked to take on the role. I have been in­volved in teach­ing lit­er­a­ture all my work­ing life and to have the op­por­tu­nity to in­vite writ­ers to this part of the world is one I didn’t feel I could pass up.”

Gail con­tin­ued: “I have been to a num­ber of BOOK­MARK events over the years and have been very im­pressed by the cal­i­bre of writ­ers that come to the book fes­ti­val and am rel­ish­ing the chance to be able to build on that.

“I t hi nk i t i s v e r y i mpor t a nt that lead­ing writ­ers break out of Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow. There are en­thu­si­as­tic read­ers all over the coun­try – in­clud­ing in Blair­gowrie and the sur­round­ing area – will­ing to give a very warm wel­come to authors.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the com­mit­tee, who have a lot of en­ergy and a pas­sion of this event and have put on ex­cel­lent fes­ti­vals over the past five years.

“And yes, there will be a Muriel Spark event in Oc­to­ber!”

The BOOK­MARK AGM takes place on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 24 at 2pm, in St Cather­ine’s Hall in Blair­gowrie.

The AGM will be fol­lowed by a talk by Alas­dair Dou­glas-Hamil­ton on his grand­fa­ther, “De­voted Lyon: The Life, Let­ters and Diaries of Lt Col The Hon Mal­colm Bowes Lyon” and af­ter­noon tea. Ever yone is wel­come to at­tend. Tick­ets for the talk will be on sale soon at £7 or £6 for mem­bers.

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