About the authors

Bella Bathurst

Most of the time Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist, though she is also a talented designer and furniture-maker. She is the author of four books including The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2011. Her most recent work – Sound – charts her experience of losing and then regaining her hearing and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.


Ann Cleeves

Sometime child care officer, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard and probation officer, Ann Cleeves is the award-winning author of more than 30 works of crime fiction, and was the inaugural winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award in 2006 for Raven Black, the first of her Shetland series featuring DI Jimmy Perez. She is also the author of the books behind ITV’s VERA, now filming its 8th series.  Her latest book in the Vera Stanhope series, The Seagull, was published in September, 2017.


Janice Galloway

Janice Galloway is the author of a wide range of award-winning works of novels, short stories and non-fiction, including Clara, This is not about Me, All Made Up and The Trick is to keep Breathing which was recently republished inVintage Classic Edition. Her collaborative work includes texts for typographers, visual artists, sculptors, musicians and videographers. Her latest book, Jellyfish, is a collection of short stories inspired by the separate but connected worlds of sex and child-rearing. First published by Freight, Jellyfish will be published in paperback edition by Granta.


John Glenday

One of Scotland’s best-known working poets, John Glenday was born in Broughty Ferry and has said in interview that his mother gave him the words for his poems, and his father provided the silences. Over the past 30 years, he has published four collections  – The Apple Ghost (1989), Undark (1995), Grain (2009) and The Golden Mean (2015) – and won and been nominated for more awards than can be mentioned here.  As his citation by the Griffin Poetry Prize put it, ‘His highly crafted lyrics are like wrought iron, strong but delicate, with a care for assonance and cadence. He listens carefully to the language he works in…. It’s refreshing to discover a poet whose work is earthly, full of rivers and hills and islands, but where old ideas like ‘love’ and ‘soul’ have not been banished.’


A L Kennedy

Subject of an increasingly unreliable Wikipedia entry, A L Kennedy does not own a parrot, or a Luwak. In fact, she doesn’t own a pet. Born in Dundee, she is the author of 21 books: 7 literary novels, 1 science fiction novel, 7 short story collections, 2 books for children, one fable about a snake and 3 works of non-fiction.  She was twice included in the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list and has won many awards including the 2007 Costa Book Prize and the 2016 Heinrich Heine Prize. She is a dramatist for the stage, radio, TV and film, as well as an essayist and regular reader of her work on BBC radio. In recent years, she has also moved into writing and performing one-person shows.


Malachy Tallack

Malachy Tallack is a writer and musician from Shetland, currently based in Glasgow. He won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2015, and the Robert Louis Steven Fellowship in 2016. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a personal exploration not just of a latitude, but also of the meaning of loss and the idea of home. His second, The Un-Discovered Islands, told the stories of islands of myth and imagination. His first novel, The Valley at the Centre of the World, will be published in May 2018.


2018 Festival Programme

All events take place in the Village Hall unless noted.

Light lunches & refreshments will be served on Saturday and Sunday in the hall.

Programme details and timings will be announced in late January 2018

Saturday 28th April 2018
1.30pm  tba
3pm  tba
4.30pm  tba
Sunday 29th April 2018
10.30am tba
1.30pm tba
3pm tba
4.30pm tba
5.30pm Conversations @ The End –  a chance to meet informally
with the authors, and enjoy a glass of wine.


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