2018 Festival Programme

All events take place in the Village Hall unless noted. Tickets for all events are £10 unless noted, and available at the door.


Saturday 28th April 2018


Free for children, adults £5

Children’s session by AL Kennedy, reading from Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure, as well as other unpublished stories.
12.00pm Light Lunch and refreshments  available
1.30pm Bella Bathurst will talk about Sound, which explores her experience of hearing loss, as well as discussing her historical works The Lighthouse Stevensons and The Wreckers.
3.00pm Poet John Glenday will read from Grain (2009) and The Golden Mean (2015)
4.30pm Lin Anderson will be reading from Follow the Dead, latest in the Rhona MacLeod series of novels, as well as talking about her new title – Sins of the Dead – which launches at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August.

Hotel Bar


 Literary Pub Quiz
Sunday 29th April 2018



As Others See us: Scotland to the World. Literary agent Jenny Brown talks about contemporary Scottish literature which reaches an international readership, and discusses why some books travel, and others stay in Scotland.
12.00pm Light Lunch and refreshments  available
1.30pm Malachy Tallack will lead us on a journey through The Un-Discovered Islands, before reading from his first novel The Valley at The Centre of the World, due for publication early May 2018.
3.00pm Janice Galloway will be reading from Jellyfish, her latest collection of short stories.
4.30pm AL Kennedy will be reading some new, as yet unpublished, short stories.
5.30pm Conversations @ The End –  Festival close – with a glass of wine and some chat!

About the authors

Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson has published several novels and one novella featuring forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod, which have been widely translated. Her short story Dead Close was chosen for the Best of British Crime 2011 and is currently in development as a feature film. Also a screenwriter, her film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Film Festival best fiction award. Formerly Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, she is also co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

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.


Jenny Brown

Probably Scotland’s best known literary agent, Jenny Brown established her eponymous agency in 2002, having previously been Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, a presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television, and a founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (of which she is now a Board member). She is also Chair of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival.

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.

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