Words: North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing 2011

Dennis Canavan, Mark Millar and James Robertson feature on line-up

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Words: North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing 2011

Dennis Canavan

At locales in places such as Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Bellshill and Wishaw, the sixth annual North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing unveils a raft of top authors and events for the family which will have the area buzzing for a full month. From the world of politics, Dennis Canavan discusses his long career in that arena from his election in 1974 as MP for West Stirlingshire to his retirement in 2007, and in comics, Mark Millar will be chatting about his own fresh take on icons such as Superman, Captain America and Spider-Man.

Julian Baggini will be talking about egos, Ken MacTaggart tackles those who believe the moon landings were an elaborate hoax and Roddy Martine pokes about spooky Scotland. Among the top bracket of contemporary novelists are Jane Harris, whose Gillespie and I was described by this very organ as a book which ‘dazzles in every possible way’ while our admiration for James Robertson has been constant since his breakthrough in 2000 with The Fanatic. He’ll be at Motherwell Library to chew some fat over the relationship between fiction and history.

For kids and parents, top events include a Halloween puppet workshop with Flotsam & Jetsam, some Tales from an Enchanted Forest with Allison Galbraith and Maggi Gibson reads from her Seriously Sassy series.

Various venues, North Lanarkshire, Mon 3–Mon 31 Oct.

Words: North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing

The focus of literary activity in North Lanarkshire, Words presents a mixture of high-profile and emerging authors. Storytellers visit rural Lanarkshire in mobile libraries, there's a range of children's events, a short-story writing competition and the Catalyst Book Award.

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