Meet the Scot Lit Fest lineup, including Judy Murray and Jackie Kay
- Kirstyn Smith
- 4 July 2017
Who to expect at the second virtual literary festival
Scotland's first virtual literary festival, Scot Lit Fest, launched last year as part of the Saltire Society's 80th birthday celebrations. Michel Faber, A L Kennedy, Louise Welsh, and Vic Galloway were among a host of bookish talent presenting live video streams, Twitter and Facebook chats, collaborative events and exclusive content that reached millions across the world. This year, the lineup is just as stellar; here's a look at who to expect on your screens across the weekend of 21–23 Jul.
The Scottish Makar is a much-loved poet and author, having released a number of collections, including The Adoption Papers, Maw Broon Monologues, and The Empathetic Store, as well as the Guardian-Fiction Prize-winning Trumpet, her 1998 novel. Kay will be in conversation with up-and-coming poet Nadine Aisha.
Tennis coach Murray will discuss her new book, Knowing the Score. A woman who needs no introduction, Judy Murray is, of course, mother to Scotland's tennis stars Andy and Jamie, and was awarded the OBE this year for services to tennis, women in sport, and charity. You (or your Mum) will remember her, also, from her time on Strictly Come Dancing.
A young writer who demonstrates the power of knowing, and growing, your audience, Estelle Maskame began writing on online writing community Wattpad, which is where she created her Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy. The books' popularity meant it wasn't long before she grabbed the attention of the press, and then came a book deal with Black & White Publishing. She'll be talking about her soon-to-be-published standalone novel, Dare to Fall.
Kathleen Jamie is a multi-award winning Scottish poet and essayist, best known for The Overhaul and The Bonniest Companie, a collection of poems that came about after Jamie set herself the challenge of writing one poem per week. Jamie will participate in a live event at the Saltire Society offices, which will be recorded and broadcast over the weekend.
The Gaelic strand of Scot Lit Fest explores old and new Gaelic writing and its continuing importance and relevance in Scottish literature. Stornoway-based publisher Acair talk about their 40 years in the business and celebrate their achievements in Gaelic lit. There's also an event with Calum MacLeod, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and Emily McEwan to discuss the LGBT+ voice in Gaelic writing.
Scot Lit Fest Live
Taking things off-screen for a bit is a spoken word party hosted by Flint & Pitch's Jenny Lindsay and featuring Rachel McCrum and Annie George.
Scot Lit Fest runs from Fri 21–Sun 23 Jul, see scotlitfest.scot for more.