If you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms now that Aye Write! is over for another year, fear not, the book worm in you can feast to its hearts content at three more of Scotland’s best book festivals happening this May.
1. Ullapool Book Festival :: 10 – 12 May
The Ullapool Book Festival 2013 has something for every literary lover. Running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May, the Festival proudly presents an impressive line-up of authors including, best-selling Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, award winning poet and non-fiction writer Kathleen Jamie who has just won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize and Ewan Morrison who won the 2012 Glenfiddich Writer of the Year. This year’s overseas authors for 2013 are Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian writer and lawyer whose “Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape,” won the Orwell Prize in 2008, and Wayne Johnston from Canada.
2. Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words 2013 :: 13 May – 1 June
Now in its 11th year, Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words brings you its most exciting line-up yet. A major highlight is The Steamie Reunion which brings the popular actresses Dorothy Paul and Eileen McCallum back together to reminisce about their roles as Dolly and Magrit. Booked! also welcomes back Alasdair Gray who first came to prominence with the ground-breaking Lanark in 1981. Alasdair, a noted artist whose books are full of wonderful illustrations, has won several major prizes including the Whitbread Novel Award and The Guardian Fiction Prize for Poor Things.
3. Boswell Book Festival :: 17 – 19 May
This year, Boswell Book Festival held at Auchinleck House, Ayrshire brings you a stellar cast of best-selling authors and a jam packed programme which will definitely make 2013 a year to remember! Celebrated authors include; John Byrne, John Sessions, James Naughtie, Steve Jones, Lindsey Davis, Ewan Morrison, Artemis Cooper and James Robertson among many others. If you’re tempted to make a weekend of it you can take your tent to Boswell’s home and camp in the beautiful parkland that surrounds Auchinleck House but if camping isn’t your thing you can hire a Tipi or Yurt and Glamp in style! And it doesn’t stop there. The world’s only biography festival goes one step further with a couple of magical music nights with performances from The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra’s Ceilidh Band and Moishe’s Bagel.
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