Books hitlist

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  • 4 November 2009
Books hitlist

A strong looking line-up for this East Ayrshire book festival with the likes of James Kelman, James Robertson and Jackie Kay in attendance.
Various venues, Sat 7–14 Nov.

James Ellroy
Borders Books and GFT, Glasgow, Thu 5 Nov; Century.

David Eagleman and Richard Holloway
Nick Cave and Stephen Fry give us some recorded readings in this event to punt Sum, Eagleman’s tales from the Afterlives.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 11 Nov.

Alasdair Gray
Here comes the launch of A Gray Play Book, an anthology of short plays, an unused opera libretto, a film script and excerpts from the pictorial storyboard of the novel Lanark.
Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Nov.

Anthony Horowitz
With his ITV drama Collision about to hit screens, Horowitz seizes the moment by dropping by to chat about his vastly popular Alex Rider series.
Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Nov.

Frankie Boyle
He may have recently quit Mock the Week, but the Glasgow stand-up star is unlikely to slip from our minds for very long. Especially when he has a memoir to promote.
Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Wed 18 Nov.

Attica Locke
A stirring debut comes in the shape of Black Water Rising, about ethics and race during the US civil rights struggle.
Serpent’s Tail

Ryan David Jahn
The brutal real-life slaying and the attendant ‘bystander effect’ results in another fine debut with Acts of Violence.

Drama Workshop

A workshop where you can let your imagination run wild and act out what might happen if your favourite characters from literature met up. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Frankie Boyle: I Would Happily Punch Every One Of You in the Face

The razor-tongued and ever-so-slightly controversial comedian, now best known as star of 'Mock the Week' and '8 out of 10 Cats', heads out on an almighty tour of Britain. If you can't wait until the show, fill the time by swotting up on his new autobiography, 'My Shit Life So Far'.

An Introduction to the Art of Bookbinding

Isabelle Ting, professional bookbinder and co-founder of the Owl & Lion Gallery in Edinburgh leads a workshop that will show you all the basic techniques necessary to make your own, very special books. All participants will make at least five books, which they can take home. Cost includes all materials. 'Part of Imprint…

Professor Fred Freeman: Poetry and Song Gang Thegither

Professor Freeman, Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, investigates the Scots tradition of poetry and song across the centuries and 'the constant fruitful cross-fertilisation in the fields of literature and folk poetry in the Scottish cultural tradition'. Hosted by Stirling Literary Society.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Been inspired by the BBC TV show to learn more about your family history? Come along and get started on your family tree with the aid of a wealth of expert advice.

Sue Lawrence

Food writer Sue Lawrence's new book 'Taste Ye Back' features favourite recipes and foodie memories from prominent Scots including Ewan McGregor, Gordon Brown, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Andy Murray. The lucky audience members at this event will hear all about her experiences writing the book, as well as getting to sample…

James Kelman & Stuart Kelly

Stuart Kelly, Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday, recently edited 'Headshook', a collection of writings by Scottish authors imagining possible futures for Scotland. James Kelman was one of those writers and now the two meet on stage to discuss the book and the issues at stake. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz celebrates his latest thrilling instalment of the Alex Rider series, 'Crocodile Tears'.

Bookstart Rhymetime

Rhymes and songs for toddlers and their parents to join in with, and make new friends in the process. Ages 0-4.

Alex Nye

The popular Scottish author of mysteries for children, Alex Nye, reads from her work, answers questions and signs copies of her books. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Happy Birthday Blue Kangaroo

A treat for fans of the blue marsupial, created by Emma Chichester Clark. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Andy Hall

Photographer Andy Hall talks about his work.

GJ Moffat and Caro Ramsay

There's been a murder! Two crime fiction writers discuss their trade. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Alasdair Gray

Launch of 'A Gray Play Book', an anthology of short plays, an unused opera libretto, a film script and excerpts from the pictorial storyboard of the novel 'Lanark'. Tickets from 0131 622 8222 or

Frankie Boyle

The caustic and belligerent Scot signs copies of his memoir, 'My Shit Life So Far'.

James Ellroy

The so-called 'Demon Dog' of American crime fiction launches the final part of his Underworld USA trilogy, 'Blood's a Rover'.

Jackie Kay & Liz Lochhead

Performances, readings and questions from two of Scotland's finest poets. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

Willie Robertson and Robert Douglas

An audience with two authors who depict the everyday life of people in Glasgow's Maryhill district during the middle of the last century. 'Part of the Winter Words Festival'.

Imprint Festival Finale

An evening of music, verse and readings to round off the 2010 Imprint book festival. Writers appearing include William McIlvanney, Rab Wilson and Ian Buxton. 'Part of Imprint Festival'.

Bookstart Wee Ceilidh

Loads of fun in the shape of Scottish music, food, rhymes, stories, songs and games is in store for lucky wee ones and their parents or carers at this fun hour-long session. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.

David Eagleman and Richard Holloway

The author of 'Sum: 40 Tales From the Afterlives' joins former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway to discuss his bestselling book. Nick Cave, Clarke Peters and Stephen Fry lend their recorded readings to the proceedings.

Anthony Horowitz Event

Hugely popular author Anthony Horowitz launches 'Crocodile Tears', the eighth book in his action-packed Alex Rider series.

Alasdair Gray On Stage & In Conversation

Launch event of Alasdair Gray's 'A Gray Play Book', a collection of his dramatic works for stage and radio as well as storyboards for the as-yet-unmade film of 'Lanark'.


A literary festival with a community feel. With local authors William McIlvanney and Zoe Strachan as patrons, Imprint attracts a range of writers and performers while workshops and The Imprint Writing Award allow up-and-comers to test their talents.

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