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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