Another new chapter in the BOOKMARK story
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.