Exciting Tarbert Book Festival ahead

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A school visit by a top children’s writer will raise the curtain on a fantastic Tarbert Book Festival later this month.

The fifth edition of this popular festival opens on Friday October 27 the with a visit from Theresa Breslin to Tarbert Academy. Local writer Ken MacTaggart will also give a presentation to the pupils about his new book, The Haynes Astronaut Manual.

On Saturday, writer and presenter, Paul Murton, to talk about his recent BBC Grand Tours series ‘The Islands’. Continuing the island theme, geologist Alan McKirdy will talk about his book Argyll and the Islands, a fascinating insight into the rocks beneath us.

Islands included are Islay, Jura and Colonsay. The afternoon concludes with an appearance by the Geographer Royal of Scotland, Charlie Withers, whose book Mapping the Islands is a beautiful volume in which the history of Scottish map-making is explored. These sessions will take place in TALC, Tarbert.

Saturday evening sees the welcome return of celebrated novelist Chris Brookmyre, who will appear for the Springbank Sessions at the Stonefield Castle Hotel.

On Sunday, the guest  appearances at the ‘Crime and Nourishment’ event include Charles McGarry who will introduce his new novel The Ghost of Helen Addison, the first in the Leo Moran series of detective fiction, and, Lisa Tuttle, who will talk about her latest novel The Strange Affair of Jesperson and Lane. The venue for this event is The Isthmus.

For the second year, a writer’s workshop will be led by writing competition judge, Anne Hamilton. This year’s winner is due to be announced as the festival begins.

Full details of the varied programme are available on the festival website at www.tarbertbookfestival.org.uk or call 07827636799 to book. Tickets are also available at the Loch Fyne Gallery and Ian Y MacIntyre’s shop.


Edinburgh judge Anne Hamilton will return to decide the winner of this year’s writing competition. 06_a45tarbbooks05