Book Festival 2018

Book Festival - Day 2


We’re thrilled to be having another visit from Scotland’s Makar. Jackie is a novelist and poet whose work has garlanded many tributes including a Guardian Fiction Prize, and a Saltire First Book Award. Brought up in Bishopbriggs by her adoptive parents, her autobiographical RED DUST ROAD brings her characteristic humour and insight into her story, not least the journey to meet her Nigerian birth father.
Her volumes of poetry are immensely powerful and she will be reading from her latest BANTAM as well as talking about life on the road as our third Makar.
Chaired by Ruth Wishart


Allan Little is a distinguished, multi award winning BBC correspondent whose dispatches from outposts as varied as the Middle East, South Africa, the Balkans, Moscow and Paris illuminated some of the major conflicts and political upheavals over several decades. Brought up in Dumfries and Galloway he has returned to his Scottish roots and, in addition to his latest role as BBC special correspondent is chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Gavin Francis is a rather extraordinary GP in Edinburgh whose book Empire Antarctica was Scottish Book of the Year while his memorable Adventures in Human Being won the Saltire prize for non fiction. A regular contributor to the Guardian and the London Review of Books, his latest work is SHAPESHIFTERS, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHANGING HUMAN BODY which explores, in his customary elegant prose, the transformation from birth to death.


What is there left to say about the polymathic, multi talented writer Val McDermid whose 40 crime novels have sold  worldwide in their millions, whose dedication to the life and times of Raith Rovers football club knows no bounds, who pops up on Radio 4 in all kinds of guises, and who is probably not going to make a fortune as the lead singer of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers band which also includes Chris Brookmyre, and Doug Johnstone among other scribes.
We’re absolutely delighted that she’s making a return visit to Cove Burgh Hall.
Chaired by Faith Liddell


Jane’s world war two novel is of special interest to all of us who live on the Rosneath Peninsula as that’s partly where her adventure takes place.  Set both here and in Egypt, it tells the tale of one woman whose life is turned upside down by the advance of Rommel in North Africa and another who lives on the Firth of Clyde but dreams of becoming a front line nurse.  And, such are the vagaries of wartime, the lives and  fates of the two become intertwined. Inspired by the author’s own family experiences in World War two it features the French hospital in Knockderry Castle and the American base at Rosneath where Jane did much of her research.
Chaired by Rosemary Burnett

Details of Day 1 here!

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