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2017 Book Festival Line-Up Announced

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.

Performance Poet ~ Ewan McNicholl

This year’s festival is set for a lively start with Edinburgh-based rapper and performance poet, Ewan McNicholl, giving us a taste of his wit, rhythm and rhyme (see festival section for more details).

NOT TO BE MISSED!  9pm Friday 22nd April in the hotel bar.

 

Writing Workshop ~ Festival 2016

Don’t miss your chance to take part in this year’s exciting writing workshop.

Led by writer Mike Smith, the workshop will focus on reading your work aloud and what you can learn about your writing from this process (see festival section for more details).  This workshop is open to anyone who has some writing they would like to explore, whatever their level of experience.

Participants are asked to bring along 6 copies (clearly typed) of up to three pieces of writing of any genre.  Prose, 250-500 words per piece; poetry max. 40 lines per poem.

Places are limited to 15 so, come on all you budding writers, book your place today!

The workshop will take place at 10.30 on Sunday morning in the hotel.

2015 Festival News

Unfortunately, Lin Anderson has had to withdraw from the festival this year, due to family illness. However, we are happy to announce that the highly regarded Scottish crime writer, Aline Templeton, has kindly agreed to step in at short notice,and will be talking about her latest book, ‘The Third Sin.’

Line-up revealed for Colonsay Book Festival 2015

Organisers of the Colonsay Book Festival today announced the line-up of authors for the fourth 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 25 and 26 April 2015.

This year’s programme stars celebrated Scottish crime writer and screenwriter Lin Anderson, roofer-turned-poet William Letford, cookery writer Mary Contini, novelist Sara Maitland, nature writer and poet Jim Crumley and award-winning author James Buchan, grandson of The 39 Steps writer John Buchan.

In addition, acclaimed composer and musician Mike Vass will provide entertainment of a musical and literary flavour on Saturday 25 April, in the Colonsay Village Hall. Joined by some of Scotland’s finest musicians, his In the Wake of Neil Gunn suite celebrates Scotland’s coastal communities, the inspirational joy of sailing, and Neil Gunn’s outstanding contribution to Scottish literature.

Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “With just over three months to go, excitement is building ahead of the fourth instalment of the Colonsay Book Festival. Yet again, we’ve lined up a fantastic programme with something for everyone to enjoy.

“On behalf of all the organisers, we can’t wait to welcome our visitors and authors to Colonsay in April.

“Tickets are on sale now, with a special early bird rate available until 14 February. 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 Val McDermid, Jackie Kay, Andrew Greig, Christopher Brookmyre, Lesley Glaister and Patrick Richardson.

Tickets for the 2015 Colonsay Book Festival are on sale from www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk.

Val McDermid Counts Down to her Debut CBF Appearance

 Thursday 27 March 2014

VAL MCDERMID COUNTS DOWN TO HER DEBUT CBF APPEARANCE

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 www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk

Writers’ Workhop

Writers’ Workshop
Lesley Glaister author

Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister, who teaches creative writing at the University of St Andrews, will lead a workshop at the hotel on Sunday 27th April, between 10.30 and 12 noon.  Tickets cost £10, and places will be limited to 8 people. First come, first served!

Another Stellar Line-up for Colonsay Book Festival

ANOTHER STELLAR LINE-UP FOR COLONSAY BOOK FESTIVAL

It may be six months away, but excitement is already building ahead of the third annual Colonsay Book Festival (CBF).

A stellar line-up of authors has been announced for the two-day event – dubbed a “literary lock-in” – which will take place on the enchanting Isle of Colonsay (population: 130) in the Southern Hebrides on 26 and 27 April 2014.

The programme stars top Scottish crime writers Christopher Brookmyre and Val McDermid, acclaimed poet Jackie Kay, author and poet Andrew Greig, travel writer Patrick Richardson, and novelist and playwright Lesley Glaister.

Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “With another terrific line-up of authors confirmed for the programme, we’re already raring to go for next year’s Colonsay Book Festival.

“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!

“Tickets will be on sale from January 2014 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 will go on sale from www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk in January 2014.

 

Visitor Information:

Ferries to Colonsay during the summer period (April to October) typically run from Oban on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with additional services from Kennacraig (via Islay) on Wednesdays. Check www.calmac.co.uk for up to date timetable information.

Colonsay offers a range of accommodation options, from hotel, B&B to hostel and self-catering:http://www.colonsay.org.uk/hotelghouse.htmlhttp://www.colonsay.org.uk/otheracc.html

For more information about this news release, please contact Katie Spence on 07904 519779,colonsaybookfestival@gmail.com.

You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Rankin Hails ‘Magical’ Colonsay Book Festival

RANKIN HAILS ‘MAGICAL’ COLONSAY BOOK FESTIVAL

Top international crime writer Ian Rankin has lead the tributes to the organisers of what is arguably Scotland’s most boutique literary celebration, the Colonsay Book Festival (CBF)

There was standing room only when the creator of Detective Inspector Rebus brought the second-ever CBF to a close by reading an excerpt from his forthcoming novel Saints of the Shadow Bible.

The whole weekend was declared a roaring success by audience members and participating authors alike, with visitors coming from as far afield as Germany and Canada to attend.

Ian Rankin, whose CBF appearance coincided with his birthday, 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!!”

At the close of Ian Rankin’s in-conversation event, he was presented with a birthday cake inspired by the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed album cover, together with 12 special bottles of Colonsay IPA, labelled “Ian Rankin’s Bierthday Brew”.

Also appearing at the CBF on 27 and 28 April were Candia McWilliam, Sara Sheridan, Ron Butlin, Maggie Fergusson, Angus Peter Campbell, Mairi Hedderwick and Tom Pow.

Poet Tom Pow, who stood in at the last minute after John Burnside cancelled, added: “The expert organisation was accompanied by genuine warmth and interest from organisers, helpers and audience. This is definitely a festival that has so many reasons for the book lover and book writer to attend. All that and in the beautiful island of Colonsay!’

Meanwhile, famed Scottish illustrator and writer Mairi Hedderwick, creator of the Katie Morag series, said: “Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality – and opportunity to revisit old thoughts and places on Colonsay 25 years! on since Eye upon the Hebrides was published.”

Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “We really couldn’t be happier with how the second ever CBF went, it was just brilliant. The Hall was full or nearly full for every single event and the feedback we’ve had from audience members was absolutely fantastic.

“We couldn’t do this without the tireless hard work and enthusiasm of our festival committee, who should be very proud of what they have achieved. Huge thanks must also go to all our supporters, especially Caledonian MacBrayne, who entertained the authors royally on their voyage from Oban to Colonsay.

“Plans are already afoot for next year’s CBF – it’ll be the last weekend of April again, so save the date!”

Last year’s inaugural festival saw Colonsay play host to Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead, Alexander McCall Smith, James Robertson, Margaret Elphinstone, Kenneth Steven and Sophie Cooke.

For more information about this news release, please contact Katie Spence on 07904 519779,colonsaybookfestival@gmail.com.