Organisers of the 8th Inverness Book Festival have today unveiled full programme details for this year’s festival. Between Wednesday 10 and Saturday 13 August, Eden Court will play host to a veritable feast of literary personalities, events and entertainment with a distinctly Scottish twist. Programme strands such as ‘Historic Scotland’ and ‘Local Authors’ will draw together the artistic direction for the event, the last under the present Director, Brid McKibben.
Andy Wightman will look at the story of Scotland’s land-grabbing landowners and lawyers (THU 11 AUG). Black Watch veteran Tom Renouf will join Inverness Courier Editor Robert Taylor for a discussion about the history and tradition of Scotland’s most respected? Other highlights include Rob Gibson’s examination of the role that the Highland Cowboys played in shaping the culture of North America (WED 10 AUG).
Crime fiction plays a big part in Scottish readers’ lives. Happily, we’ll be joined by both Gillian Galbraith and Shirley McKay, who will be chatting with Eden Court’s General Manager, Paul McLaughlin about their latest works. MFR’s Nicky Marr will be speaking to crime writer Louise Welsh (WED 10).
Nairn’s very own playwright, artist and designer John Patrick Byrne will join cultural big-hitter Bryan Beattie for an afternoon reading of Byrne’s brand new children’s book, Donald & Benoit – The Story of a Cat and a Boy (SAT 13 AUG)
There will be a chance for brainiacs to test their knowledge of Scotland, as the Inverness Book Festival quiz turns distinctly Scottish with author John Eunson hosting a quiz based on his book, Caledonia Dreaming.
In addition to ‘on the page’ interest, Eden Court’s Cinema Programmer, Paul Taylor has programmed a special season of ‘Great Adaptations’ of novels which have been notably and successfully translated to the big screen. Featuring in the Great Adaptations season are The Colour Purple, American Psycho, All The President’s Men, Vertigo, and Les Diaboliques. The season kicks off on 23 July and runs up to and into this year’s Festival.
There will also be a very special screening of a documentary on the Mills & Boon phenomenon. Guilty Pleasures (Sun 14 Aug) looks at the worldwide success of these often under-rated literary creations. The documentary’s Director, Julie Moggan will join romantics of all ages from across the Highlands for a special Q&A session after the screening. Although outwith the core Festival, the opportunity to screen this documentary was too good to miss!
Kids are well looked after at this year’s Inverness Book Festival, with a return visit from the magical Eden Court Planetarium, daily stories and rhymes from the Bookbug Gang, smashing Scottish stories and songs from Sonsie Music, plus Lilian Ross, Kenneth Steven and more.
Closing the festival this year (on the same double-bill) are the author Christopher Brookmyre and singer-songwriter Billy Franks (SAT 13 AUG) who will join forces for an evening of witty repartee, chat, music and song.
For further information please contact Laurie Piper, Eden Court Marketing Manager on 01463 732 673 / 07795 260 953 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
The Inverness Book Festival is grateful to sponsors and supporters, The Inverness Courier as the main Event Partner, and local VW dealer HAWCO, who are supplying the official event vehicle. Thanks go also to local booksellers Waterstones and Charles Leakey