Festivals Galore!

  08 Oct '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Autumn is always a busy time for authors, festival programmers, booksellers and publishers alike, and we’re so happy that this year has been no exception – despite the fact that we’re still cooped up in our respective homes. Sure, we have missed the feeling of being all together under one roof (or tent!), but digital events are doing a great job of connecting book lovers from all four corners of the world. Whether it’s been a Never-Ending Panel of Scotland’s crime-writing masterminds, a virtual trip to the Scottish Borders, or events streamed live from Scotland’s National Book Town, there really has been something for everyone. And the good news is that plenty of these events are still available to watch on catch-up. So, without further ado, here is our autumn events round-up…

Bloody Scotland

Look out for Polygon authors Sandra Ireland and Morgan Cry (aka Gordon Brown, who helped found Bloody Scotland) in this rather impressive and possibly record-breaking Never-Ending Panel from Sunday 20th September. Featuring over 25 authors from across Scotland, and only a couple of technical mishaps, this was a truly remarkable feat!

Tidelines Book Festival

Continuing on the crime-writing theme, Douglas Skelton took part in the fabulously fun ‘Crime Wave’ event to close out Tidelines Book Festival on Sunday 27th September. This one is sure to cheer you up on a bleak autumn evening.

Borders Book Festival

After an impressive run of thirteen consecutive Sundays of online events, and a smattering of midweek events, the team at Borders Book Festival deserve a pat on the back and a dram or two. Here, Festival Director Alistair Moffat gives a fascinating insight into his new book, In Search of Angels.

Wigtown Book Festival

Folks, this is a busy one! Wigtown Book Festival have once again stepped up to curate a fantastic series of events featuring many Birlinn and Polygon authors, including:

The world premiere of Ninian’s Gift, composed by Tom Cunningham with words by Alexander McCall Smith:

The annual McNeillie Lecture, this year given by Patrick Laurie, followed by a discussion with fellow Birlinn author Polly Pullar:

The one and only Stuart Cosgrove discussing the transformation of Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali:

A poignant and timely exploration of the climate crisis with Alastair McIntosh, in conversation with Stuart Kelly:

And a beautiful trip along the Solway shore with Ann Lingard, in conversation with Polly Pullar:

Phew! We might all be exhausted right now, but literary events are always a great pick-me-up. We couldn’t be more grateful to the festival teams for shining a light on our brilliant authors and we’re looking forward to returning in our droves to festivals across the land in 2021.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our Events page for more upcoming digital events – there are plenty more to come. Thank you for tuning in!

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