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Events 21st Aug 2017

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Dunoon Book Festival

28th October 2016 - 12:00 am - 30th October 2016 11:59 pm

A full weekend of top Scottish literary talent will be on offer all weekend on the beautifully refurbished Dunoon Pier, including the Scots Makar, Jackie Kay. The full programme with something for all ages, for this year’s exciting event is as follows :

 

 

Friday 28 October

6.45pm

Libby McArthur

From the Page to the Stage: acting and directing for stage and television

Tickets  £4

Libby is perhaps best known for her role as Gina Rossi in the popular BBC Scotland drama series River City.  She will be sharing her experience of taking writing from the page to the stage and screen, as actor, playwright and director.

 

Born into a large working class family, Libby was raised in Castlemilk, a housing scheme in the South of Glasgow. Her father a fireman and her mother a nurse, there was a strong element of, ‘service to others’ in her upbringing. Her desire to follow this lead was strong. She realised early she had the ability to entertain and found her first audience by putting on plays and telling stories in the backcourts. She knew there was healing to be had in stories. Reading everything she could get her hands on from the library and Grimms fairytales on a loop, her writing became her passion.  Now Libby draws on all of her thirty-odd years of experience as a storyteller, actor, singer, stand up comedian, writer, director, presenter and teacher to share that passion through talks and workshops.

 

Friday 28 October

8.00pm

Denise Mina

Previewing ‘The Long Drop’, a fictional account of the Peter Manual story

Tickets £4

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed Scottish writer, Denise Mina to Dunoon to give us a sneak preview of her newest work, a fictional account of the notorious Peter Manual story.

 

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School.  Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, misusing her student grant to write her first novel. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. She has now published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

 

Saturday 29 October

11.00am to 1.00pm

Creative Fun for Children

Suitable for under 8s (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Free

Join storyteller, Julie Cowin, and art worker, Alyson Dawes, for some creative fun with stories, perhaps with a Hallowe’en twist.  Prepare to have fun and get messy!

 

 

Saturday 29 October

11.00am to 2.00pm

Illustration and Graphic Novel Workshop

Age 10+

Free

Images are an important part of telling a story, and can help bring the words to life.  Come along and have a shot at illustrating your own story and learn about different visual storytelling techniques with professional illustrator Gillian Stewart. Provided in partnership with Argyll Youth Arts Festival argyllyoutharts.org at Dunoon Burgh Hall Pop up Shop

 

Saturday 29 October

12noon

Debi Gliori

Hebridean Alphabet

Age 5+  (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

We are delighted to welcome Debi back to Dunoon to tell us all about her Hebridean Alphabet, and perhaps to draw us some of her beautiful illustrationsThis is a beautifully conceived picture flat in which Debi Gliori describes and illustrates all kinds of things you might see over the course of a single day in the Hebrides. Inspired by the landscape, seascape, weather, animals and birds, this is not simply an exquisite alphabet book, but also a wonderful celebration of some of the most magnificent scenery in Britain.

 

Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She published her first book in 1990 and since then has published so many successful books that she has lost count. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?, Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bath and Alfie in the Garden for Bloomsbury.

 

Saturday 29 October

12noon to 2.00pm

Creative Writing – A practical and inspirational workshop with Scottish published crime author Lisa Ballantyne

‘Wurds’

Tickets £4 – please book in advance, as places are limited

Introduction to creative writing, fiction, memoir, poetry, a fun and accessible workshop to help “unleash the muse” led by Lisa Ballantyne.  USA Today best selling author of ‘Redemption Road’ and Edgar- Nominated ‘The Guilty One’.

 

Saturday 29 October

1.30pm

Paul Bristow

‘The Superpower Project’

Ages 9 to 13

Tickets £3

Come and meet Paul and hear all about The Superpower Project.  With the help of a wisecracking, steampunk robot, two accidental superheroes discover that they have inherited some amazing, if unusual, abilities. Computer whiz Megan can fly (mostly sleep-flying, but she’s working on it) while her best friend Cam can (in theory) transform into any animal, but mostly ends up as a were-hamster. Together they must protect the source of their ancestral powers from a wannabe evil mastermind and his gang of industrial transformer robots who’ve disguised themselves as modern art installations on their Greenock estate. It isn’t easy to balance school and epic super-battles, not to mention finding time to search for other super-talents and train with their Mr Miyagi-esque were-tiger coach. Can Megan and Cam beat the bad guy, defeat his robot transformers and become the superheroes they were born to be? Kelpies Prize shortlisted author Paul Bristow creates a hilarious tongue-in-cheek superhero mash up with a dangerous twist!

 

Saturday 29 October

1.30pm

Vagabond Voices : Three Poets

Vicki Husband, Gerry Loose & Allan Cameron

Tickets £4

Vagabond Voices: publisher of translated novels, political polemics and indeed unbridled rants, provide us with three poets for the price of one!

 

Vicki Husband’s debut collection,  This Far Back Everything Shimmers, is as inspired by quantum physics as it is by domestic drama: the shape of the universe is mimed during a game of charades; a woman’s domestic arrangements take on a cosmic dimension; a man stands on the corner selling black holes and property on the moon. Her nature poetry stands at an odd angle to her subjects, not merely content to observe or eulogise landscape or animals: she wants to know what police horses patrolling Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street on Saturday night make of the drunken revellers or why jellyfish are flashmobbing a nuclear power station.. With sympathy, humour and an idiosyncratic eye, Husband reveals herself to be a unique and cherishable talent.

 

Allan Cameron’s second collection of poetry, A Barrel of Dried Leaves, contains a wide variety of subjects, not all of which are commonly associated with poetry: a weak man is interviewed by angels and devils, an Afghan mystic tell us why he became one, a riposte to Scott’s “Breathes there a man with soul so dead”, taking the side of the man with a dead soul, the English language, a lesson on Italian viticulture, and another on Italian anatomy amongst others.  “A barrel not of laughs, but of contortions, confusions and the occasional dry chortle – and of metre adorned with irregular, sometimes internal rhymes, assonances, alliterations, awkwardnesses and other such trickery unfashionable to the current academic ear, and not a murmur of the poet’s inner angst, failed loves or fortitude.”

 

Gerry Loose’s sixth collection, Fault Line, maps the fault line dividing man from his environment. His territory is the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute, its outstanding beauty at odds with the Faslane submarine base on its eastern shore, home of the UK’s nuclear arsenal. The beauty of the area coexists uneasily with the knowledge that it also harbours weapons that can reduce their target to radioactive ash. This tension has inspired a book-length poem that probes the delusions of the political and military classes. Not content merely to evoke the landscape’s charms, Loose reconnects with the political roots of romanticism. Blending psychogeography with Tom Leonard’s radicalism, Fault Line reinvigorates the tradition, finding in it, as Burns and Wordsworth did, a radical critique of the present.

 

Saturday 29 October

3.15pm

Karen Campbell

Rise

Tickets £4

Fact to Fiction: Karen Campbell will read from her most recent novel Rise & talk about the writing process – in particular,  how her books are often born from wee nuggets of truth.

‘Pin in a map, pin in a map. Anywhere at all. Don’t care, as long as it’s not here. …She thinks of places she’s been, places she’s read about, and, all the while, she is walking away from home. Definitely not running because that makes folk think you have something to hide.’

Justine is running for her life. She heads north to the mountains and the valleys of the Highlands. Michael and Hannah are also running. With their two sons and their tattered marriage they’ve come to the village of Kilmacarra, looking for home. In a place of standing stones – an ancient landscape in a Scotland on the brink of change – an accident causes these three lives to intertwine, even as the darknesss Justine fled is drawing closer. Rise is a novel about faith, freedom and finding your place in the world.

 

Scottish writer Karen Campbell is the author of six novels, most recently Rise and This is Where I Am, both published by Bloomsbury Circus. Her previous books include The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life – all Hodder & Stoughton.  A graduate of Glasgow University’s Creative Writing Masters, Karen also teaches creative writing and carries out freelance communications training.

 

Saturday 29 October

4.30pm

Marian Pallister

The Crinan Canal plus Cowal Stories

Tickets £4

Known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’, the Crinal Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne nine miles across the Kintyre peninsula to the west coast of Scotland.  In this book Marian Pallister tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used.  As a special treat Marian will also pick out some Cowal stories from her previous books.

 

Marian Pallister has worked as a feature writer and commentator covering social issues in Scotland and round the world, particularly in disaster and war zones. She previously taught journalism at Napier University and is currently tutor in English subjects at Argyll College. She also founded a charity, ZamScotEd, which supports the education of vulnerable young people in Zambia.

 

Saturday 29 October

7.00pm

Tom Russell in conversation

Legendary rock DJ, Tom Russell, gives us a behind the scenes look at his life in rock and radio. He uncovered some of the great rock bands to come out of Scotland and has interviewed and spent time with some of the absolute legends: Robert Plant, Ozzy, ACDC, Genesis, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Rush, Motley Crue, Journey, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Black Stone Cherry, Alterbridge and many many more.

The Godfather of Rock is a fantastic read and great insight into the emergence of rock through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Tom is still immersed in the business and remains a major influence right up to the present day.

Followed by a short live set from local rock band, Vemodalen

 

Sunday 30 October

10.30am – 12.30pm

Book Sculpture Workshop with Anthea Gage

for adults and teens

Tickets £4 – please book in advance, as places are limited

Join Anthea for fun, creative session turning unwanted books in to folded sculptures.  Bring along an old, unwanted, hardback book and learn how to transform it in to something fabulous.

 

Sunday 30 October

11.00am to 12.30pm

Creative Fun for Children

Suitable for under 12s (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Free

Come along and get creative with art workers, Sam Jones and Alyson Dawes.  Have some fun with words and letters and make something funky to take home.

 

Sunday 30 October

11.00am to 2.00pm

Illustration and Graphic Novel Workshop

Age 10+

Free

Images are an important part of telling a story, and can help bring the words to life. Come along and have a shot at illustrating your own story and learn about different visual storytelling techniques with professional Illustrator Gillian Stewart. Provided in partnership with Argyll Youth Arts Festival argyllyoutharts.org at Dunoon Burgh Hall Pop up Shop

 

Sunday 30 October

12.30am to 1.30pm

Scoular Anderson & Marie Graham

Stories & Illustration for Children

Suitable for under 12s (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Free

Meet Scottish author and illustrator, Scoular Anderson and storyteller, Marie Graham for a fun session of stories and drawings.

 

Scoular Anderson is one of Scotland’s foremost illustrators. He studied graphic design at the Glasgow School of Art before moving to London to work for London University. During this time, he also worked as an illustrator and writer for various children’s publishers. As well as illustrating other authors’ works, he has written over seventy books himself, including Space Pirates and the Treasure of Salmagundy

 

Sunday 30 October

12.30am to 1.30pm

Marion McCready & Tariq Latif

Poetry Reading

Tickets £4

We are delighted to welcome local poets, Tariq Latif and Marion McCready to read from their latest works.

 

Marion McCready lives in Dunoon, Argyll. Winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the Melita Hume Prize, her first full-length collection is Tree Language (Eyewear Publishing, 2014). She also has a sequence of poems titled The Birth Garden in Our Real Red Selves published by Vagabond Voices (2015).

MURRAY

 

Tariq Latif was born in Pakistan. He studied Physics at Sheffield University before joining the family printing business in Manchester, where he worked for fifteen years. He now works part-time in telephone sales on the West Coast of Scotland, where he takes the landscape as inspiration for his verse. His most recent collection is The Punjabi Weddings.

 

Sunday 30 October

1.30pm

Michael Allaby

Plant Love: The Scandalous Truth about the Sex Life of Plants

Tickets £4

Get ready for the shocking truth about botanical sex. Who knew that bee orchids trick insects into having sex with them, avocado flowers are female one day and male the next, and some flowers are the insect equivalent of nightclubs where males and females meet and mate?

 

Bestselling popular science author Mike Allaby reveals over 200 of nature s most unseemly creations in this sensational exposé. The sexual antics of plants are far more varied than those of people and plants have preferences and techniques for which we have no equivalent. Being rooted to the spot, many rely on pollinators for assistance and forget birds and bees, we re talking kangaroos, giraffes, and vampire bats. Botanical illustrations throw light on the gallery of pimps, hookers and gigolos who may be lurking in your back garden and spice up this compendium of scurrilous botany which be warned may shock the worldliest of gardeners.

 

Sunday 30 October

3.15pm

Paul Kerr

Mega Stubborn

Tickets £4

Former marine and local man, Paul Kerr writes about his shock MS diagnosis and how a positive outlook has helped him grab every opportunity. Multiple sclerosis is the commonest chronic nerve disorder that occurs in young adults. It is characterised by progressive disability. The features of the disease include weakness, sensory disturbance, pain, and impairment of balance. Paul’s book tells the story of the impact of the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis on a young fit man. It chronicles his determination to realise his potential in life by utilising his personal strengths and drawing on the ethos of ‘smiling through adversity’ that was instilled during his training as a Royal Marines Commando. I hope that his book will serve as an inspiration to all, but in particular to those who are challenged by multiple sclerosis or other chronic disease in early adult life.

 

Sunday 30 October

4.30pm

Jackie Kay – The Makar

Tickets £4

As the perfect finale to this year’s Dunoon Book Festival we are totally thrilled to welcome the Makar, Jackie Kay, to Dunoon as part of her extensive tour of Scotland.

 

Jackie Kay is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays, whose subtle investigation into the complexities of identity have been informed by her own life.

Jackie was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted by a white couple at birth and was brought up in Glasgow, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Stirling University where she read English.  The experience of being adopted by and growing up within a white family inspired her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers (1991). The poems deal with an adopted child’s search for a cultural identity and are told through three different voices: an adoptive mother, a birth mother and a daughter. The collection won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a commendation by the Forward Poetry Prize judges in 1992.  Jackie was appointed as Makar, National Poet for Scotland, by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in March 2016 and will hold the position for five years.  The role of the Makar is to advance the role of poetry in the lives of the people of Scotland, from all ages and walks of life.

 

 

 

 


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