Book and Literary festivals in Scotland 2010
We round-up the best of Scotland’s literary fests
With Glasgow’s Aye Write! and Aberdeen’s Word behind us for another year, Scotland’s book lovers are now holding their breath for the real heavyweight of the nation’s literary calendar, the Edinburgh Book Festival (Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Sat 14–Mon 30 Aug, www.edbookfest.co.uk), to commence. Yet those with a nose for an author event will know that these aren’t the only summer dates for their diary.
Coming up first is the Nairn Book & Arts Festival (Community Centre and Little Theatre, Nairn, Sat 5–Sun 13 Jun, www.nairnfestival.co.uk), which welcomes poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, AL Kennedy, Andrew O’Hagan and Christopher Brookmyre, closely followed by the Borders Book Festival (Harmony Garden, Melrose, Thu 17–Sun 20 Jun, www.bordersbookfestival.org), a short but concentrated event packed with literary and celebrity names. Hilary Mantel, Kathy Lette, Robert Harris, Kate Adie, Victoria Wood and Rory Bremner will be appearing, while the announcement of the Walter Scott Prize winner and a series of family events for all ages are also attractions.
Dundee Literary Festival (various venues, Dundee, Wed 23–Sun 27 Jun, www.literarydundee.co.uk), meanwhile, is now into its fourth year and will once more be based primarily around the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee, featuring a cast which includes Yann Martel, Iain Banks, Alan Warner, John Carey, Rosamunde Pilcher and rockstar and The Death of Bunny Munro author, Nick Cave. Finally, for those whose reading appetites haven’t been satisfied come autumn, there’s Off the Page (various venues, Stirling, Sat 11–Sat 18 Sep, www.stirling.gov.uk/offthepage), whose Scot-focused roll call this year will include Christopher Brookmyre, Iain Banks, Louise Welsh and Denise Mina.