Time For An­other Write High­land Hoolie

What bet­ter way to brighten up a dre­ich Novem­ber week­end?

The Scots Magazine - - Contents - By GARRY FRASER

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

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