Books, Books, Books

Well smack my gob but I was truly amazed by the local talent that was uncovered on local author’s day!

I had imagined sitting round listening to someone presenting for the first time ever a wee poem or a short “I’d just be interested to know what you think of it” story. Instead we had a series of highly professional readers, most of whom had actually published books. So I thought it would be nice to summarise those books and let you know where they can be found.

In order of presentation:

Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavour by Fiona Malkin is beautifully produced and available in the Loch Fyne Gallery.

Catherine Wilson of Ailsa Press on Islay presented her own children’s stories and those of Joan Porter. These can be obtained from the Loch Fyne Gallery or from

Sound of Gigha came hot off the press by Ed Tyler, beautifully illustrated by artists Julia Love-Griffiths and Anne Thomas. For details of how to obtain a copy, contact Ed on

When Viv Dobbie wrote her book The Harlequin Triangle, the agent she sent it to suggested she make it into a trilogy. The first two books are available on Amazon and the third will be out by Christmas both as paperbacks or e-books.
Colouring In and More Colouring In

Lindsay Campbell’s historical story Ane Compact of Villany: The History of Argyll’s Outlawed Gang is also available as a paperback from Amazon here.

Malcolm Trott from Carradale has written a story within a story called a Sense of the Past, which is available as an e-book on Amazon

Evelyn Smithies from Bute treated us to a synopsis of her planned novel The Saliera. Watch this space!

Marian Pallister spoke about her history of the Crinan Canal which, along with others such as Cruachan,can be found in the Loch Fyne Gallery.

And Roddy Regan entertained us by using the story of the Lady on the Rock to demonstrate how fickle historical reports can be.

Some books from other authors at the Festival can still be found in the Loch Fyne gallery, including some by Chris Brookmyre which would make a great Christmas present for someone.


We are delighted to be able to announce the shortlist for our first Writing Competition. The shortlisted entrants have already won a weekend pass to the Festival and a critique of their work from judge Anne Hamilton. Now six talented writers are biting their nails as they wait to discover who has won the fantastic main prize of a week’s course at Moniack Mhor.

Continue reading “Congratulations!”