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BOOKMARK 2014 Programme

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Friday 10th October

£6.00

Christopher Trotter - Beef in Blair

The Laird's House, Blairgowrie
3.00 - 4.00 pm

Christopher's presentation will include a cookery demonstration and talk on sourcing and using local produce

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Friday 10th October

£3.00 (Age 10+) OR £3.00 (Adult)

Lari Don - Pen and Pizza

The Dome Restaurant, Blairgowrie
4.30 - 6.00 pm

The perfect event for keen young writers – a chance to meet author Lari Don, discuss how to write a thrilling story, and grab a slice of pizza. An award-winning writer for younger readers, Lari has just published her first novel for teen readers, YA thriller Mind Blind. She will share her techniques for creating tension, drama and excitement. She will inspire you to create your own (possibly criminal) characters, and she might even try to steal slices of your pizza.


Sponsored by Blairgowrie & Rattray Business Association

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Friday 10th October

£10.00 (to include Drinks Reception)

Ron Butlin and Tom Pow - Poetry and Place

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
7.00 - 8.00 pm

Place has always been an important element in the work of Ron Butlin and Tom Pow. Both have travelled widely. In this session they will read about places they have enjoyed and that have resonated with them - and the places they have shared.

Drinks Reception and Book Signing

8.00 - 9.00 pm

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Linda Cracknell
Chaired by Ron Butlin

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
10.00 - 11.00 am

Linda Cracknell's writing arises from specific place, their physical realities and mythic resonances, mainly experienced through walking. She will read from her novel, Call of the Undertow, and non-fiction book Doubling Back - Ten paths trodden in memory, and talk about these preoccupations and the importance of place to both.

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Saturday 11th October

£3.00 (Age 5 and under) OR £3.00 (Adult)

Debi Gliori - The Scariest Thing of All

St Catherine's Centre, Blairgowrie
10.00 - 11.00 am

Calling all little bunnies with BIG imaginations. Alfie is a little rabbit who discovers jungle creatures in his garden and Pip is a little rabbit who finds that The Scariest Thing of All isn’t so scary after all. Join Alfie, Pip and Debi Gliori in a feast of storytelling, imagination and drawing rabbits.

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Saturday 11th October

£10.00 (to include tea/coffee)

Fiona Thackeray - Wish You Were Here (writing workshop)

Conference Room, Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
10.15 - 1.15 pm

A strong sense of place is important for transporting your readers to the world of your story. A well-crafted sense of place is often said to be like another character in the story, adding depth and a unique atmosphere. This workshop will explore ways of creating a strong sense of place in prose fiction, learning from masters of the art and trying out various methods.

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Christopher Trotter - Game in The Glen

Session House, Kirkmichael
10.30 - 12.00 pm

Christopher's presentation will include a cookery demonstration and talk on sourcing and using local produce.

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Gavin Francis - Empire Antarctica
Chaired by Andrew Greig

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
11.30 - 12.30 pm

Empire Antarctica is a new sort of book about the Antarctic. Describing the author’s year at a profoundly isolated research station, it interleaves narratives that explore different aspects of the isolation and austerity with those that highlight the extraordinary beauty of the continent. Join the author, chaired by Andrew Greig, for an exploration of Antarctica through words and images.

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Saturday 11th October

£3.00 (Child Age 6+) OR £3.00 (Adult)

David MacPhail - Yeti on the Loose

St Catherine's Centre, Blairgowrie
11.30 - 12.30 pm

Anarchic fun as David MacPhail, author of Yeti On The Loose, talks about taking a famous legend and giving it a comedy makeover.

Sponsored by The Proctor Group

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Lesley Glaister - Little Egypt
Chaired by Fiona Armstrong

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
2.00 - 3.00 pm

Lesley Glaister is the prize-winning author of 13 novels, the most recent of which, Little Egypt, she will be reading from and discussing. The Little Egypt of the title is a crumbling old house, surrounded by roads, railways and a huge supermarket. Inside live two relics, the twin children of obsessive Egyptologists. In Little Egypt, we travel in time from the 1920s to the early 2000s, and in space from England to Egypt, to find out why the twins are still there, what happened back in the 20s and what terrible secret they are hiding.

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Saturday 11th October

£0.00 (Free)

Nick Hesketh - How to Write a Chiller

St Catherine's Centre, Blairgowrie
2.00 - 3.00 pm

An informative and amusing session on how to build a Gothic story.

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Frances Law - Words and The Page

Village Hall, Bridge of Cally
2.30 - 4.00 pm

During this workshop, Frances will demonstrate how to make a small concertina book. You will then be encouraged to fill your book with an interesting variety of pictures, words and marks, creating a unique and personal outcome.

 

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Saturday 11th October

£6.00

Bruce Sandison and Fiona Armstrong - Reel Them In

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
3.30 - 4.30 pm

Bruce and Fiona talk about the Scotland they both love, countryside matters, salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing, hill walking, Scottish history and whatever else comes up during their discussion, including answering questions from the audience.

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Saturday 11th October

£0.00 (Free)

Joan Lennon - Place Settings

Conference Room, Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
3.45 - 4.30 pm

Join us for a celebration of East Perthshire talent, as young and old and in-between share their vision of what the festival theme of Place means to them. Later in the year, their words will be published in an anthology and displayed on the walls of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, but today is your chance to hear them reading live!

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Saturday 11th October

£8.00

Ian MacMillan - Whisky Tasting

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
5.00 - 6.00 pm

Head of Distilleries and Master Blender with Burn Stewart Distilleries Limited, In MacMillan, shares his expertise over a dram or two.

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Saturday 11th October

£0.00 (Free)

Saturday evening entertainment

Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie
7.00 - 11.59 pm

A ceilidh music celebration in the bar.

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Sunday 12th October

£10 (half day) OR £15 (full day)

Writing Workshop

The Hub and Conference Room, Royal Hotal, Blairgowrie
10.00 - 3.30 pm

Option 1 (The Hub)

Is there a Novel in You?

10.00 - 12.00 Marion Duffy

A  light-hearted exploration of inspiration, and how to translate your ideas into a finished product.

Option 2 (Conference Room)

Proprioceptive Writing

10.00 - 12.00 Angela Jeffs

An introduction to a form of ritualised meditational writing that has been described by many as soul searching on paper. It can help develop your creativity and find your authentic voice. Angela Jeffs, recently returned from living in Japan, will lead the workshop.

Option 3 (Conference Room)

The Road Map to Publishing

13.30 - 15.30 Bruce Crichton and Fraser Ross Associates 

This session will focus on The Road Map to Publishing, looking at the options of finding an agent or self-publishing. A writer's agent from Fraser Ross Associates will outline how best to pitch your work. Local writer, B. R. Crichton, will then describe the many routes to self-publishing including web-based alternatives. Local authors will share their experiences of using a variety of different publishing options.

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Sunday 12th October

£0.00 (Free)

A Poem and a Pint

The Ericht Ale House, Blairgowrie
4.00 - 11.00 pm

BOOKMARK's Writer in Residence, Joan Lennon, hosts a celebratory festival finale: an open mic session for all. A range of local poets will read from their work while you enjoy a refreshment from the bar. Feel free to bring some of your own poems to share.

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I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was well organised in a friendly heart-warming way. Congratulations on pulling it off yet again!

Richard Holloway


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