Is­lay Book Fes­ti­val

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Is­lay Book Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 11th year from Septem­ber 27-30 in its most am­bi­tious fes­ti­val to date. Nine­teen au­thors will of­fer a range of events for adults and chil­dren of all ages in an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme that in­cludes storytelling, poetry, is­land fic­tion, a tar­tan cat, and much more. The Scot­tish Book Trust will also be film­ing the fes­ti­val. The star-stud­ded line-up in­cludes Bernard MacLaverty, who will dis­cuss how his se­ri­ous writ­ing started – in a bun­ga­low in Bow­more. Crime writer Lin An­der­son will show­case her lat­est thriller with soil foren­sics ex­pert Lorna Daw­son. Reflections on the 100th an­niver­sary of the First World War, and its im­pact on Is­lay and Jura, will be headed up by pro­lific au­thor-his­to­rian Trevor Royle and award-win­ning film­maker Les Wil­son. Gaelic chil­dren’s au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Ca­tri­ona Black will be there. Her ex­hi­bi­tion, For­radh: Sly Cook­ing, is cur­rently on dis­play at Is­lay’s Gaelic Col­lege. Ian Stephen, Malachy Tal­lack, Don­ald S Mur­ray and Ja­nis Mackay are among the other well-known au­thors mak­ing their way to this year’s fes­ti­val.

Bernard MacLaverty. Pho­to­graph: Robert Burns

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