Time For Another Write Highland Hoolie
What better way to brighten up a dreich November weekend?
THE Scots Magazine is proud to be media sponsors of Mallaig’s very own book festival, A Write Highland Hoolie. The inaugural event, held two years ago, was the idea of the magazine’s regular contributor Polly Pullar and Sine Davis, owner of the village’s West Highland Hotel.
Since then it has hosted some of Scotland’s literary elite and has become one of the most popular book festivals in the country. The fact it takes place in one of the most scenic corners of Scotland is an added bonus.
“We are delighted that, once again this year, The Scots Magazine is our media partner for our forthcoming event,” says Polly. “The magazine’s editor, Robert Wight, will be holding two special feature writing workshops.”
Polly and Sine have arranged a star-studded line-up of literary superstars for the packed weekend which starts on Friday, November 9.
Val Mcdermid, Sally Magnusson, Jackie Kay, Barry Hutchison and Paul Murton will all be there and for younger readers, Bookbug makes a welcome return, providing stories, songs and rhymes.
“It is important to us that we include people of all ages and from all walks of life so that we can continue to create what we feel is a truly unique atmosphere,” continues Polly.
As well as the drama of the written word, there’s a dram to go with it. The event will open with worldrenowned whisky expert Charles Maclean holding a tasting session and special talk on illicit distilling and illegal smuggling.
Every Hoolie needs music too, and the Mallaig event will enjoy contributions from well-known local musicians and the hope is that some of the audience, or even the authors themselves, will join in.
“Val Mcdermid has been making her mark all around the country with the band, Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers,” continues Polly. “We cannot wait to see if she will sing for us at this year’s festival.”
Fine books, fine food and drink, and fine music – all under one roof. Can you think of a better way to spend a November weekend?
All set for the Hoolie are, clockwise from top left, Jackie Kay, Robert Wight, Barry Hutchison, Charles Maclean, Sally Magnusson and Val Mcdermid