Ian Rankin and Jon Snow on the menu at Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival


Ian Rankin and Jon Snow are among the authors taking the stage at Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival this year.

And for the first time there will be food and drink theme at the two-day event in November, which will be held in Cove Burgh Hall for the fifth year.

Jon Snow, the legendary Channel 4 news anchor, will appear on Saturday November 25; it is currently unknown whether the author of autobiography Shooting History is planning to treat the peninsula to his trademark colourful socks and ties.

Sarah Trevelyan, the former wife of Jimmy Boyle, who has written a memoir about their meeting, their prison romance and their marriage, will also appear on Saturday.

And Ian Rankin, the king of Scottish crime writing, is visiting the Rosneath Peninsula as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Inspector Rebus.

And Jim Carruth, the Glasgow Makar and ‘agricultural’ poet who I now poet in resident at the Royal Highland Show, will discuss his verse focusing on rural and farming life.

Paul Macalinden, the Scots born conductor who formed the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in the midst of its war, has written about its birth and untimely death – he will also discuss his latest venture – setting up a chamber orchestra in Govan.

On Sunday the burgh hall will host a food and drink special. with a range of Scottish chefs and writers on the menu.

Rachel McCormack is a regular on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, a chef who spent many years in Spain. Her new book however is about whisky and is called Chasing The Dram.

Aasmah Mir, the host of R4’s Saturday Live and her sister Uzma – a BBC Scotland producer – were brought up in Glasgow where they enjoyed their mother’s curry recipes.

These have spawned a website, Cracking Curries, whose proposition is that you don’t need 101 ingredients to get delicious results.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals, the innovative project which uses small donations from here to feed hungry children in schools worldwide, most especially places like Malawi with strong Scottish connections.

When he’s at home he lives in Argyll with his wife and six children.

His book The Shed That Fed A Million Children is a bestseller and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

And finally Sue Lawrence is a well kent Scottish food writer (and now novelist) who has just produced The Scottish Soup Bible.