Scottish Book of the Year Award announced at Lennoxlove Book Festival 2013
High-profile literary line-up rounds off Year of Natural Scotland programme of events
The Lennoxlove Book Festival hosted a number of famous authors in the picturesque grounds of Lennoxlove House over this past weekend, with the likes of Kate Mosse, Richard Dawkins and Jeremy Paxman all making their way to East Lothian to talk about their latest releases.
The weekend of events was opened with a talk by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington on how to keep the beauty of the Scottish Highlands intact, a topic in keeping with the fact that the festival was the last in Visit Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland calendar of events.
Helen McGinn, authors of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club hosted a wine-tasting session, and BBC Radio 4’s James Naughtie spoke about Barack Obama’s time in office so far, offering unique insights into the life of the American president based on years of reporting.
There were also a number of children’s events over the Saturday and Sunday, with a How To Train Your Dragon-themed party allowing kids to design their own dragon, as well as learning how to speak Dragonese.
Edinburgh GP Gavin Francis collected the Scottish Book of the Year award for Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins his personal account of what he experienced working as the base camp doctor in an isolated research centre in Antarctica. The £30,000 prize was voted for by the public, and was the first time the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards was hosted at the East Lothian festival.