Month: March 2014

Val McDermid Counts Down to her Debut CBF Appearance

 Thursday 27 March 2014


With exactly one month to go, bestselling author Val McDermid has spoken of her excitement ahead of making her debut at one of Scotland’s most unique literary celebrations.

From 26 to 27 April, the tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay will once again become a mecca for booklovers as the third annual Colonsay Book Festival (CBF) takes centre stage.

stellar line-up of authors has been announced for the two-day event – dubbed a “literary lock-in” byBrighton Belle author Sara Sheridan at last year’s CBF.   

Fellow top Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre joins Val McDermid, acclaimed poet Jackie Kay, author and poet Andrew Greig, travel writer Patrick Richardson, and novelist and playwright Lesley Glaister for the 2014 festival.

On the eve of her re-imagining of Northanger Abbey being published as part of the ongoing Austen Project, Val McDermid said she was looking forward to engaging with the Colonsay Book Festival audiences next month.

Val McDermid said: “Counting the days till the Colonsay Book Festival – what could be better than being marooned on a Scottish Island with a bunch of writers and readers?”

Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “In exactly one month’s time, Val McDermid will be ‘in conversation’ in front of what I know will be a rapt audience for her inaugural Colonsay Book Festival appearance – we can’t wait.

“The event has been a huge success in its first two years, with many audience members now making an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Colonsay to take in the festival. This year sees another fantastic line-up of writers preparing to make the ferry crossing from the mainland.

“Tickets have been selling fast since they went on sale in January and you can keep up to date with all our news on our website and via Twitter and Facebook.”

Conceived and produced entirely by the island’s residents, the Colonsay Book Festival has carved its own niche in Scotland’s busy book festival calendar since launching in 2012.

Many of Scotland’s best loved writers and poets have now made the journey by ferry to experience Colonsay’s literary celebrations, with audiences flocking from all over the world to join them.  

Ian Rankin, whose Colonsay Book Festival appearance in 2013 coincided with his birthday, summed up the event’s appeal. He said: ‘It is no mystery – take a wonderful island, add readers and writers, sprinkle the whole with outstandingly good organisation … and a magical festival results!!”

Last year’s event featured Ian Rankin, Candia McWilliam, Tom Pow, Sara Sheridan, Mairi Hedderwick, Ron Butlin, Angus Peter Campbell and Maggie Fergusson.

The inaugural Colonsay Book Festival in 2012 saw the island play host to Liz Lochhead, Alexander McCall Smith, James Robertson, Margaret Elphinstone, Kenneth Steven and Sophie Cooke.

Tickets for the 2014 Colonsay Book Festival can be purchased from