Tickets still up for grabs at Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival this weekend

With Christmas drawing rapidly nearer, would a signed copy of a book be the ideal gift for someone you know?

Tickets are still available for several speakers at the fifth Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival this weekend, with topics ranging from orchestral music to whisky.

The talks by Jon Snow and Ian Rankin are sold out, but places are still up for grabs at appearances by a wide variety of other speakers.

At 10.30 on Saturday, Sara Trevelyan, who founded the Gateway Centre in Edinburgh with her husband Jimmy Boyle, will open the event.

  • From 12-1 Glasgow’s Makar Jim Carruth will talk about his poetry and its link with his farming upbringing.
  • Paul MacAlinden, the conductor who was the inaugural director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, will be on stage from 2-3pm.
  • Sunday will see a food and drink theme, launched at 10.30 by former Masterchef winner Sue Lawrence, author of The Scottish Soup Bible – and a novelist whose latest work, based around the Tay Rail Bridge disaster is The Night He Left.
  • Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, will appear from 12 noon to 1pm.
  • And after lunch there will be Cracking Curries – Aasmah Mir, co-presenter of Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme will take the stage with her sister Uzma Mir-Young, a television and radio producer/director.
  • Finally at 3.30pm the aromas of chocolate and whisky will fill Cove Burgh Hall as Rachel McCormack, author of Chasing the Dram, brings with her free samples of both.

Tickets for each event cost £6, or £2.40 for children under 14, and they can be booked via the burgh hall website for Saturday here and Sunday here.