Spring programme includes:
- bestselling Chocolat author Joanne Harris with her new book; poet & controversial critic,
- Robert Crawford; theatre critic & journalist,
- Joyce McMillan; poets from around the UK;
- the usual book-panel but with a different focus
- creative-writing class;
- all-day bookstall from No Alibis;
Friday 16th May
Creative Writing with John Glenday
Writer's Block vs Reader's Block: John Glenday leads this intimate writing workshop, looking at strategies for increasing creativity and output & how to hone their poetry to appeal to readers. No advanced preparation is required.
Saturday 17th May
The Great Scottish Novel
Our annual Great Northern Novel panel debate takes on a Scottish flavour in light of the upcoming Scottish Independence referendum. Poet John Glenday, theatre critic & cultural observer Joyce McMillan and Lagan Press poet Damian Smyth debate the merits of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, James Hogg's Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Alexander Trocchi's Young Adam.
Tae Think Again! With Robert Crawford & Joyce McMillan 2.15pm £8
Have Scotland's writers signed-up to cultural independence? Or like Scotland's footballers, are they playing on a UK-wide pitch? Join Joyce McMillan, theatre critic for The Scotsman, and Robert Crawford, author of
Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and the Literary Imagination, 1314-2014 in discussion with poet and broadcaster C.L. Dallat
Children of the Devolution! 4pm £8
Poetry from across the dis-United Kingdom, representing nations that have defined their own political & imaginative independence. John Glenday (Scotland) will be joined by Paula Cunningham (Northern Ireland) and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch (Wales).
Joanne Harris & Robert Crawford 5.30pm £8
A poet with a strong regional voice , followed by a best-selling novelist who has made provincial France her fictional heartland.
Introduced by Anne-Marie Fyfe