Lennoxlove Book Festival
Michael Morpurgo, Alistair Darling, James Naughtie and Julia Donaldson among highlights
Set in the East Lothian woodlands is a five-star luxury accommodation dubbed by Historic Scotland as one of the country’s ‘most ancient and notable houses’. While renowned for its golfing breaks and wedding parties, Lennoxlove (full name: ‘Lennox’s Love to Blantyre’) now plays host to Haddington’s annual literary bash. Despite competition across the month from festivals in East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Linlithgow, Dundee and Edinburgh, Lennoxlove is more than capable of standing up to the challenge.
Opening night features a fireworks display (officially one night early), Claire Tomalin talks about the phenomenon of Charles Dickens, soon to be celebrating his 200th birthday, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling muses over his long career in politics with a focus on the financial woes of 2007 and Michael Morpurgo brings his acclaimed War Horse to life in the Festival Marquee.
On Saturday 5, Vivian French delivers an introduction to children’s writing, Sarah Brown talks about her time living in No 10, Adam Hart-Davis brings us a brief history of Time, James Naughtie looks back at his career in print and broadcast journalism, there’s a debate about the hacking scandal and James and the Giant Peach celebrates its half-century. The three-day event concludes with awkward squad parliamentarian Tam Dalyell, renaissance man John Byrne, Sally Magnusson discussing the story of urine, Tom Devine poring over Scottish history and Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson acting out stories about fairies, rodents and gruffalos.
Lennoxlove House, Haddington, Fri 4–Sun 6 Nov.