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New Lanark Book Festival 2015

#NLBookFest: Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October 2015, Across Site. 

Download a PDF copy of the Book Festival programme.

New Lanark Book Festival 2015

The historic setting of New Lanark will host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015, with a host of well-known Scottish authors, such as Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and Christopher Brookmyre, speaking at the 4-day event.

There will be a rich programme of sessions on offer designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of literary tastes, the themes of which all have a link to New Lanark in some way. From Scottish Fiction and History, to Whisky, Food and Drink – there will be a session for everyone to enjoy!

Purchase tickets now:

Session pass: £6 Adults, £4 Concessions (Senior/Student) (children under 12 go free to sessions when accompanied by a paying adult. Excludes 2 x Children's Sessions on Sunday which are £3 per person)

Thursday evening pass: £10

Friday evening pass: £10

Saturday pass: £20 

4-day pass: £40 

Limited parking for the Book Festival is available within New Lanark Village. Subject to availability, tickets will be available to purchase at the New Lanark Book Festival ticket desk. (ticket desk is open 4.30-7.30pm Thursday & Friday, 10-2pm & 4.30-7.30pm Saturday, 9.30-2pm & 4.30-7.30pm Sunday)

Book Festival visitors can also receive 25% off tickets to the award winning New Lanark Visitor Centre, giving them the perfect opportunity to explore the history of the site. (Valid on Adult and Child tickets from 1st-9th October 2015)

If you have any enquiries regarding our Book Festival please feel free to call us on 01555 661345 or email trust@newlanark.org  (Office open to receive calls & read emails open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri) If you have an enquiry outwith this time please email marketing@newlanark.org where emails will be checked when possible. 

 

 

Main event sponsor: Border Biscuits

Event sponsors: Royal Bank of Scotland, Friends of New Lanark

Thursday 1st October: Scottish Fiction

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Jonathan Whitelaw

Jonathan Whitelaw

6.00 - 7.00pm  River Room

From the laptop to the bookshelf 

"...in this session he uses examples from his own writing experience to explore the leap from self-published scribe to paperback writer and the trials, tribulations but also great fun that can be had on this journey."

Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre

7.30 - 8.30pm  River Room

Dead Girl Walking 

"Acclaimed crime novelist Christopher Brookmyre will be talking about the return of journalist Jack Parlabane in his most recent novel, Dead Girl Walking, a thrilling story of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and murder. Chris will also be offering a sneak preview of his forthcoming book Black Widow, which will be published early 2016."

Session sponsored by Tartan Ink.

Tartan Ink 

 

Friday 2nd October: Exploring Scotland

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Mandy Haggith        

Mandy Haggith      

6.00 - 7.00pm  River Room

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

Billy Kay

Billy Kay

7.30 - 8.30pm River Room

The Scottish World  

"Billy Kay, charismatic and eloquent writer and broadcaster, is one of the great chroniclers of Scottish language and culture and author of books such as The Scottish World and Scots The Mither Tongue. In this special talk he will tell stories from his travels and detail the incredible influence the Scottish diaspora has had in far flung countries of the world, from Hawaii to Malawi, Poland to Brazil. Billy will illustrate the presentation with clips from the many radio features he has made for the BBC on Scots abroad."

Session sponsored by The Open University in Scotland 

The Open University in Scotland

 

 

Saturday 3rd October 

New Lanark & Textiles

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Janet Renouf-Miller

Janet Renouf-Miller           

10.00 - 11.00am River Room

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

C A Hope

C A Hope

11.15 - 12.15pm  River Room

Telling the Story  

"C A Hope’s trilogy of historical novels, New Lanark Spinning New Lives, New Lanark Living with a Visionary and the upcoming New Lanark In Search of Utopia (pub. 17 Nov 2015), tell the personal stories of David Dale, Robert Owen and their workers during the first forty years of the mill village. C A Hope will describe her method of research and why she chose to weave fictional characters with real people and events..."

David McLaren

David McLaren

12.30 - 1.30pm  River Room

David Dale - A Life

"David McLaren will talk about his new biography of the founder of New Lanark. Based on more than 30 years research, the book offers the fullest possible account of Dale’s life and times. The talk will cover some of the issues encountered in writing a biography of this kind, including changing social attitudes towards slavery, child labour and philanthropy." 

Session sponsored by The Open University in Scotland 

The Open University in Scotland

 

Scottish Food & Drink

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown  

12.30 - 1.30pm  Musicians' Room

 Making Better out of Good: Scotland's Changing Food Culture

"A talk and tasting event with Catherine Brown who became well known for her food columns in The Herald and as a presenter of STV and Grampian's Scotland's Larder. In 2001 she was the Guild of Food Writers' Food Journalist of the Year and a 4th, updated edition of her classic Scottish Cookery was published in 2013..."

Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Tom Bruce-Gardyne

 

        

2.00 - 3.00pm  Musicians' Room

The Scotch Whisky Treasures: A journey of discovery into the world’s noblest spirit

"Whisky or uisge beatha - Scottish Gaelic for “the water of life” - remains one of the world’s most popular spirits and Scotch is the most famous and recognisable version. The Scotch Whisky Treasures is a celebration of whisky-drinking and Scotland, covering every facet, from the distilling process to guided tours of the best-loved distilleries of the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands. Beautifully illustrated and containing 20 pieces of removable memorabilia, you will be able to hold items of Scotch whisky history in your hands, including letters, posters, licences and advertising art. Tom Bruce-Gardyne is an award-winning drinks journalist and author with a passion for Scotch whisky and a fondness for his adopted city of Edinburgh. He is a regular columnist for the Herald, and his books include The Scotch Whisky Book and The Deuchars Guide to Edinburgh Pubs. Tom is also a Master of the Quaich."
 

Session sponsored by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Scotch Whisky Association

 

Exploring Scotland 

Author & Session title Session time New Lanark location Session title

Ian Crofton    

Ian Crofton                 

2.00 - 3.00pm  River Room

Scottish History Without the Boring Bits 

"In his book Scottish History without the Boring Bits Ian Crofton presents a host of little-known tales that you won’t find in more conventional works of history....In this irreverent illustrated talk, Crofton revisits some of the more unlikely episodes from our nation’s story."

David Spaven  

David Spaven

3.30 - 4.30pm  River Room

 

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

Daniel MacCannell

Daniel MacCannell

5.00 - 6.00pm  River Room

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

 

Scottish Fiction

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Kerry Hudson

Kerry Hudson

5.00-6.00pm  River Room Lives on the Margins

"Kerry Hudson is the author of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (winner of the Scottish First Book Award and shortlisted for several awards including the Sky Arts Prize and Guardian First Book Award) and Thirst. In this lively Q&A with author reading find out how Kerry draws on real life experiences, from growing up in Coatbridge to travelling across Siberia by train, to write her novels." 

Peter Ranscombe

Peter Ranscombe

6.15 - 7.15pm  River Room

Burke and Hare: Fact and Fiction 

"Journalist and author Peter Ranscombe will discuss his debut novel, an historical thriller called Hare, which takes the story of Burke and Hare - Scotland's most notorious murderers - and asks what happened next to Hare after Burke was hanged for their crimes...Peter dipped into the archives of The Scotsman newspaper during his research for the book and will discuss where the facts about Burke and Hare end and where the fiction begins."

James Robertson        

James Robertson  

7.30 - 8.30pm  River Room

 Where the Truth Lies?

"James Robertson’s fiction ranges from Enlightenment Edinburgh and the slave trade, in Joseph Knight, to political, cultural and social change in modern Scotland in The Testament of Gideon Mack and And the Land Lay Still. He has written about civil and religious strife in the age of the Covenanters in The Fanatic, and terrorism and grief in his Lockerbie-inspired The Professor of Truth. In this session he uses examples from his own writing to explore whether fiction falsifies or illuminates the events of history, and to ask when history stops and the past becomes the present."

 

 

Sunday 4th October

Children’s / Young People’s Fiction & Storytelling

Author         Session time New Lanark location Session title

Chae Strathie

Chae Strathie                            

10.00 - 11.00am  River Room

Stories & Songs

"Join award-winning children's author Chae Strathie for stories, songs and join-in activities. Sing along to the Loon on the Moon song, use your imagination to create a Jumblebum monster, find out how a story goes from Chae's head into a book and help him get his fabulous picture books from the StoryBot! Ideal for ages 3-7."

Gerry Durkin          

Gerry Durkin      

11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30pm Institute

Fantastic Creatures! 

"A mixture of Scottish tales and songs about fantastic legendary creatures, told in a fun and family friendly style."

Keith Gray

Keith Gray

11.15 - 12.15pm  River Room

Discovering a love of books 

"Keith Gray grew up in a house without books and at school was labelled a ‘reluctant reader’. But as a teenager he surprised everyone, including himself, by discovering a love of books and deciding he wanted to become an author. Keith’s latest book, ‘The Last Soldier’, is a tale of carnival ghosts and battling brothers set in 1920s dustbowl America...Join him as he talks about discovering a love of books and of how he became an author. Along the way he’ll also be giving plenty of advice for any aspiring authors out there too."

 

Exploring Scotland 

Author Session time New Lanark location Session title

Roger Hutchinson  

Roger Hutchinson      

1.30 - 2.30pm  River Room

A People's history of St.Kilda 

"St Kilda is the most romantic and most romanticised group of islands in Europe. Their inhabitants, Scottish Gaels who lived off the land, the sea and by bird catching on the high and precipitous cliffs, were long considered to be the Noble Savages of the British Isles, living in a state of natural grace...Roger Hutchinson, a bestselling author with 40 years’ experience of Hebridean islands, digs deep into the archives to paint a vivid picture of the life and death, work and play of a small, proud and self-sufficient family. 'St Kilda: A People's History"

Ed Hollis

Ed Hollis

3.00 - 4.00pm  River Room

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

Ken Cockburn

Ken Cockburn

4.30 - 5.30pm  River Room

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled. 

Peter Ross

Peter Ross

6.00 - 7.00pm  River Room

Daunderlust - Dispatches from Unreported Scotland 

Peter Ross is an award-winning reporter, recently shortlisted for the George Orwell journalism prize in recognition of his writing on the Scottish independence referendum. His book Daunderlust - Dispatches From Unreported Scotland is not about politics, but instead tells compelling stories of the country’s unsung characters...Peter will read from the book and talk about some of the incredible people and situations he has encountered in the course of his work."

Session sponsored by The Open University in Scotland 

The Open University in Scotland

Alistair Moffat

Alistair Moffat

7.30 - 8.30pm  River Room

Scotland: A History from Earliest Times

“From the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, historian and author Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish nation. As well
as focusing on key moments in the nation’s history such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite Risings, Moffat also features other
episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented. From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat’s tale explores the drama of battle, change, loss and invention interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.”

“Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes
at Scottish Television, he now runs the Borders Book Festival and the DNA testing company, BritainsDNA (www.britainsdna.com). He is the
author of a number of highly acclaimed books and is currently Rector of St Andrews University.”

Session sponsored by PLANterra

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