Winter Words Festival: Alistair Moffat


Winter Words Festival 2023

Sunday 12 February

12.30 – 1.30pm


Fourteen centuries ago, Irish saints brought the Word of God to the Hebrides and Scotland’s Atlantic shore. They sought solitude in remote places where they could move closer to an understanding of God. Columba was the most famous of these pioneers who rowed their curraghs towards danger and uncertainty in a pagan land, but the many others are now largely forgotten.

In his book Alistair Moffat travels by foot, boat and ferry in search of these elusive men and the world they inhabited; from the barren Garvellachs and the ‘great garden’ of Lismore to the haunting calm of Iona and the grandeur of Applecross. He finds their traces not so much in tangible remains as in the spirit and memory of places that lay at what was then regarded as the very edge of the world.

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Director of Programmes at Scottish Television and founder of the Borders Book Festival, he is also the author of a number of highly acclaimed books. From 2011 he was Rector of the University of St Andrews. His previous books include The Reivers, The Borders, Scotland: A History from Earliest Times and To the Island of Tides.


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Sunday 12 Feb 2023
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom