The Islay Book Festival is gearing up for its most ambitious edition yet with events across the island from Thursday to Sunday (27-30 September). Top crime writer Lin Anderson and acclaimed author Bernard MacLaverty, a former Islay High English teacher, are among the big names headed for the four-day literary fest that has become an established part of the island's cultural and events calendar.
Local children's author Mary McGregor and Lynn MacDonald, editor of the Islay Gaelic Songbook, are also on a programme that ranges from sea-themed storytelling in An-Tigh Seinnse pub in Portnahaven on Thursday night to a "Get-it-written" poetry workshop with Chrys Salt at Islay House on Sunday morning.
Kids highlights include an appearance by Alan Dapre's much-loved Porridge the Tartan Cat at the Gaelic college, detective fun and games at the Museum of Islay Life with "Museum Mystery Squad" writer Mike Nicholson and Mary McGregor reading stories at Gruinart RSPB on Sunday afternoon. Read more....
There will be three special events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and its devastating impact on Islay, Jura and Scotland. At the Round Church in Bowmore on Saturday evening, poets Chrys Salt and Brian Johnstone will perform "The Fields of War", a production combining original photographs and memoir extracts with music, poetry and film in a reflection on the Great War and subsequent conflicts. That's followed on Sunday by talks in the Cyber Bistro, Port Ellen from leading historian Trevor Royle, Les Wilson, who recently published "The Drowned and the Saved" about the 1918 troop ship disasters off Islay, and Stuart Graham, author of “These Men are Worth Your Tears.”
All the WWI events will be "attended" by silhouettes representing fallen soldiers as part of the nationwide www.therebutnotthere.org.uk remembrance campaign.
More info & full programme: www.islaybookfestival.co.uk. Twitter: @IslayBookFest Facebook: Islay Book Festival
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