Tarbert played host to a feast of literary events over the weekend as its fourth Book Festival, sponsored by Blue Energy, took place.
On Friday, Tarbert Academy Primary Department welcomed children’s writers Joey Porter, with her stories of Terry Tiddlemouse, and Angela Proctor, bringing the magic of Thumble Tumble to the pupils. In the Secondary, well-known comic artists Stevie White and Fin Cramb revealed the art of the graphic novel as they showed how their new version of ‘Peter Pan’ was designed, drawn and coloured. A terrific afternoon all round!
On Saturday, well-known writers took the various audiences on fascinating journeys. Catherine Czerkawska, with her historical novel ‘The Jewel’, took us to the world of Robert Burns and gave a fascinating insight into his life as researched for her novel.
Janice Galloway, one of Scotland’s favourite writers, talked about her new collection of short stories, ‘Jellyfish’ and about how she writes. The life of crime writers’ favourite Josephine Tey is the subject of Jennifer Morag Henderson‘s new biography; the extraordinary life of the modest Inverness woman who also became a playwright and Hollywood scriptwriter in the 1930’s and 40’s had the audience charmed. Finally, Shirley Mckay enthralled in a session about her new novel in five books ‘1588:A Calendar of Crime’.
In the evening, Christopher Brookmyre gave a hilarious and well-received insight into his writing and spoke too about his latest book ‘Black Widow’. One of the UK’s most popular writers of fiction, Chris was the guest for the Springbank Session at the Stonefield Castle Hotel, an annual Book Festival event which is supported by Springbank Distillery and which is preceded by a whisky-tasting in the Drawing Room.
This year, the Festival was pleased to announce a new writing competition; the winner, Francis Ainslie, received her prize donated by Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre at an event in Loch Fyne Gallery. A Writers Workshop was well-attended on Saturday morning at which judge, Anne Hamilton , offered advice and inspiration to budding authors.
On Sunday, the emphasis switched to some of our local writers: Marian Pallister talking about her book on the Crinan Canal; archaeologist Roddy Regan of Kilmartin and Fiona Malkin, amongst others.
Organisers have been delighted at this year’s success. An outstanding group of writers and very appreciative audiences! Thank you to all who supported the events. We are looking forward to seeing you next year for another great line-up at what will be the fifth Tarbert Book Festival! Coming soon!