Glittering line-up for first Cove and KIlcreggan Book Festival

Details have been revealed of the impressive line-up for the first Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival, which takes place later this month.

The events in Cove Burgh Hall on November 29 and 30 will be part of Book Week Scotland and Saturday will see some serious literary glitterati.

James Robertson, author of And The Land Lay Still and Professor of Truth, will read from his new book of short stories 365.

Each is exactly 365 words and he’s writing one for every day of the year.

He is first up on the 29th at 10.30, although there will be an introduction and general welcome at 10.15.

Each event will last for an hour, and there will be a half hour break between when the small hall will function as a cafe bar.

This will open at 9.30 on the 29th, and as well as the drinks, tea coffee and snacks in the intervals, there will be light meals available from 5.30pm until the evening event at 7.30 to accommodate travelling visitors.

At 12 noon Kirsty Wark will be in conversation with Janice Galloway – a top flight broadcaster talking with an award winning author about novel writing. (Kirsty is at work on her second).

Light lunches will be available from 1pm till the next event at 2.30.

Then it’s Sally Magnusson talking about Where Memories Go, her touching memoir of a mother with dementia.

At 4pm local author Ian Nicolson will speak about his experiences of sailing and boat building – he’s written more than 20 books about them.

After each session the authors will be available to chat and sign books in the library.

The main evening event on Saturday will be the Great Tapestry of Scotland – the designer of the original panels, Andrew Crummy, will talk about this astonishing work which had hundreds of stitchers involved all over Scotland.

Many of them will be featured on a large screen thanks to Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society loaning its equipment.

On Sunday the festival concentrates on young readers.

At 10am James Robertson will be reading from a number of children’s books re-published in Scots, including two Gruffalo books and Room on the Broom.

At 11.30 Lari Don will read from her Chronicles series on Fabled Beasts.

The first session is mainly aimed at five to eight year olds, and the second at eight to 12 year olds, though all are welcome.

Adult tickets are £5 for each event, and children are £2.50

The first 150 attendees will be given a small book of stories about Scotland, courtesy of Book Scotland, which has also generously given the festival a grant, matched by local sponsor Jim Auld.

Local supporters have volunteered to run and supply the cafe while there will be a cash bar running throughout.

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