Organisers of the Colonsay Book Festival today announced the line-up of authors for the sixth annual Hebridean literary celebration.
The two-day event – dubbed a “literary lock-in” – will take place on the enchanting Isle of Colonsay (population: 130) in the Southern Hebrides on 29 and 30 April 2017.
This year’s programme marks the return of Alexander McCall Smith, million-selling author of at least three successful series – The Ladies’ Number One Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and the Isabel Dalhousie books – who helped launch the Colonsay Book Festival in its inaugural year in 2012.
Joining him are Masterchef winner and cookery writer-turned-novelist Sue Lawrence, crime writer and novelist Karen Campbell, historian and journalist James Hunter, Glasgow Makar Jim Carruth and his Edinburgh Makar counterpart Christine de Luca.
Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “We’re delighted to announce another excellent line-up for our sixth annual book festival on the beautiful island of Colonsay next April.
“The Colonsay Book Festival brings something a little bit special to the ever-growing calendar of literary events happening across the UK each year. It’s a chance to meet and mingle with some of the country’s leading writers in an unspoilt and inspiring Hebridean setting. Audiences and authors agree that this makes for a hugely enjoyable weekend!
“Tickets are on sale now, with a special early bird rate available until the end of January 2017. 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, who starred at the 2013 Colonsay Book Festival, 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!!”
Previous events have starred Val McDermid, Andrew Greig, Mhairi Hedderwick, Christopher Brookmyre, Jackie Kay, James Robertson, Professor Sir Hew Strachan and Liz Lochhead, to name but a few.
Tickets for the 2017 Colonsay Book Festival are on sale from www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk.