Few people are as well qualified to talk about contemporary Russia and Vladimir Putin as Angus Roxburgh. He has covered the Moscow beat for the Sunday Times and for many years as the BBC correspondent there. He has also worked on award winning documentaries about Russia and Putin as well as writing a number of books.
MOSCOW CALLING is a wonderfully evocative account of his time in that capital city, and of his journalistic life before and since.
Chaired by Ruth Wishart
12 noon –1pm
Alex is one of Scotland’s most popular crime writers. Born and educated in Glasgow, she was a visiting officer for the DHSS and a secondary school teacher, roles she says, which provided a rich source of character studies. (Make of that what you will!) But she had immediate success when she turned to fiction in the early 90’s and has won awards for her novels which feature regularly on the best seller lists. Alex is also the co-founder of the crime writing festival Bloody Scotland which takes place every September in Stirling.
Chaired by Faith Liddell
The popular broadcaster first came to our Book Festival with her touching memoir about her mother’s struggle with dementia. Now she returns with her debut novel, THE SEALWOMAN’S GIFT, a compelling read woven around the Icelandic legend of the 400 islanders kidnapped by Barbary Pirates and sole into slavery in Algiers. Sally vividly imagines what might have happened thereafter giving a powerful voice in particular to the kidnapped pastor’s wife Asta.
Chaired by David Robinson
Glasgow born Andrew O’Hagan is a celebrated novelist, playwright and essayist who has been a Man Booker prize nominee no fewer than three times and has won both the James Black prize and a Glenfiddich Award.
He has recently written at length on the Grenfell Fire for the London Review of Books, and was the author of an unauthorised biography of Julian Assange. A story from his latest book THE SECRET LIFE is about to become a Netflix series.
Chaired by James Robertson
JAMES ROBERTSON WITH RAB NOAKES
One of the most unusual biographies recently published is acclaimed writer James Robertson’s memoir of the legendary singer songwriter Michael Marra. Marra and Robertson were friends and neighbours in Angus and this hugely affectionate tribute to Marra features songs and stories, letters and conversations as well as detailing a life in Scottish song and tradition. Joining James to help bring this book and its subject alive is another legend from the Scottish folk scene, singer songwriter RAB NOAKES, Hands Up for Trad Hall of Famer, who has produced more than
20 albums in his illustrious career and is touring with his latest, ANNIVERSARYVILLE.
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