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Posted on: 21st Sep 2017

BOOKMARK Festival Shop

BOOKMARK's 2017 Festival Shop will open  at 10.00 on Monday 25th September at 17 High Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6ET

Opening hours: 10.00-4.00 Monday to Friday; 10.00-12.00 Saturday, from 25th September until Friday 6th October, when it will close at 12 noon.

Come and visit us there for more information about BOOKMARK 2017's Festival.


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Posted on: 20th Sep 2017

BOOKMARK Festival Dinner

BOOKMARK is delighted to confirm that The Provost of Perth and Kinross will be attending BOOKMARK's Inaugural Festival Dinner on Saturday 7th October at The Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus.

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Posted on: 20th Sep 2017

BOOKMARK at Blairgowrie Community Market

BOOKMARK will be at the Blairgowrie Community Market in the Wellmeadow on Saturday morning, 23rd September.


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Posted on: 17th Sep 2017

BOOKMARK at Tesco

BOOKMARK will be at Tesco Superstore Blairgowrie on Wednesday 20th September from 10am-2pm with information and tickets for BOOKMARK 2017, 6-8th October.

Tesco Superstore is on Welton Rd, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 6NQ.


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Posted on: 13th Sep 2017

BOOKMARK 2017 Interviewers

BOOKMARK is delighted to announce that the interviewers for BOOKMARK 2017 in October will be:

Fiona Armstrong -  for Rachel Crowther, Lin Anderson and Alan Johnson

Lin Anderson - for Ron Butlin

Cate Devine - for Flora Shedden


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Posted on: 7th Sep 2017

BOOKMARK's Fringe Event at Straloch on Saturday 9th September is sold out!


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Posted on: 29th Aug 2017

BOOKMARK is delighted to announce its Authors in Schools Programme for September 2017.

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Posted on: 24th Aug 2017

BOOKMARK at Waterstones and Perth Farmers' Market

BOOKMARK will be at Waterstones Perth and Perth Farmers' Market on Saturday 2nd September.


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Posted on: 23rd Aug 2017

BOOKMARK at Blairgowrie Community Market

BOOKMARK will be at the Blairgowrie Community Market in the Wellmeadow on Saturday morning, 26th August.


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Posted on: 2nd Aug 2017

Waterstones 'Meet and Greet'

BOOKMARK will be at Waterstones Perth for a 'Meet and Greet' event on the morning of Saturday 5th August, from 10 o'clock onwards.


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Posted on: 23rd Jul 2017

New pre-festival event just added - Tales of Don Roberto

BOOKMARK presents an additional pre-festival event and fresh from Borders Book Festival, 'Tales of Don Roberto' - a talk by Jamie Jauncey.

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 7pm

St Catherine's Community Centre

George Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6HA

 

Tickets available online 

 

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Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

Tickets for BOOKMARK's book festival are now available from Horsecross, Perth

BOOKMARK Festival tickets may now also be purchased via the Horsecross website and from the Horsecross Box Office in Perth Concert Hall.

Details of all BOOKMARK festival events can also now be viewed on Horsecross' What's On page.

View a full list of BOOKMARK Festival Ticket outlets here.


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Posted on: 26th Jun 2017

Tickets for BOOKMARK's book festival are now available from Waterstones Perth

BOOKMARK will be at Waterstones Perth for a 'Meet and Greet' event on the morning of Saturday 1st July, from 10 o'clock onwards.


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Posted on: 24th Jun 2017

A very warm welcome to BOOKMARK 2017

Here in Highland Perthshire, BOOKMARK has been busily building the programme which we present to you now with our compliments, and with every best wish for an inspiring and rewarding book festival experience.

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Posted on: 23rd Jun 2017

Only 1 day to go until BOOKMARK Festival tickets are on sale and the 2017 programme is revealed!

BOOKMARK 2017 Festival Programme and tickets will be available online from 5pm on Saturday 24th June 2017.


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Posted on: 24th May 2017

News just in

Audrey Mattner’s musical ensemble, Campus Strings, will provide a little light music at BOOKMARK’s Launch “A Taste of BOOKMARK”.


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Posted on: 24th May 2017

BOOKMARK 2017 Fundraising Launch

Be a part of our Fund Raising Launch - A Taste of BOOKMARK with Graeme Pallister, Chef-Patron of 63 Tay Street in Perth.

Saturday 24th June, 1.30-4.00pm

Blairgowrie Town Hall

 

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Posted on: 8th Feb 2017

Dates for your diary

24 June 2017 - BOOKMARK Launch and Fundraiser

9 September 2017 - BOOKMARK event at Straloch

6-7 October 2017 - BOOKMARK Book Festival is back

8 October 2017 - BOOKMARK Blairgowrie Players

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Posted on: 10th Jan 2017

BOOKMARK AGM 2017

The AGM of BOOKMARK will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2017, 14.00 at Newton Castle Barn, Newton Street, Blairgowrie PH10 6SU – to which all are invited.

This will be followed by a Members' Event – 'A Conversation with Richard Holloway' a very popular guest at this year's Festival, finishing with afternoon tea.  Richard is a prolific writer and broadcaster whose latest book 'A Little History of Religion' topped the best seller lists this year.

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Posted on: 24th Oct 2016

Spies, Saints & Stovies!

Read People's Friend magazine blog about BOOKMARK 2016

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Posted on: 19th Oct 2016

Over for another year!

BOOKMARK book festival, celebrated its fourth birthday in style by moving to a new and larger venue at Blairgowrie Community Campus and selling more than double the number of tickets than in previous years

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Posted on: 27th Sep 2016

FOOD,GLORIOUS FOOD!

Available at Blairgowrie Community Campus during Festival Saturday

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Posted on: 27th Sep 2016

TRANSPORT TO BOOKMARK VENUE

Shuttle bus service to and from Blairgowrie Community Campus on Saturday 8th October

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Posted on: 19th Sep 2016

BOO! - A SHRIEK FROM US ALL

Suddenly Ross shouted 'boo' which shot the audience into fright then laughter, which was perfect to demonstrate his point!

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Posted on: 12th Sep 2016

BOOKMARK Children in Schools Festival - first event hailed a great success!

  Author Bob Harris a big hit with over 200 children at Blairgowrie Community Campus!

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Posted on: 12th Sep 2016

BOOKMARK Children in Schools Festival

The BOOKMARK Children in Schools Festival is being funded directly by BOOKMARK to ensure that the festival reaches the widest possible children's audience.

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Posted on: 10th Sep 2016

The Hunterian Poems at Straloch Garden Studio, Enochdu

 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW SOLD OUT ***

Some of Scotland's finest poets come together at this scenic Perthshire venue, to read their poems inspired by some of the paintings in Glasgow University's Hunterian Collection.

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Posted on: 5th Aug 2016

The tale of the driverless minibus

Would you like to be involved with our Bookmark Festival this year? We are looking for a qualified minibus driver to help out on Saturday, 8th October.

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Posted on: 1st Jul 2016

Rotary Club of Blairgowrie sponsors BOOKMARK

 

A whole day’s events at this year's Festival to be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie!

 

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Posted on: 26th Apr 2016

Toasting The Spirit of BOOKMARK – A Fund-Raising Fiesta!

When? Saturday, 25th June – 12.30 - 4pm

Where? Lairds of Blairgowrie, Lower Mill Street

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Posted on: 9th Feb 2016

Laugh Out Loud! - BOOKMARK author short-listed for the Lollies Prize.

David Macphail, a local children's author and BOOKMARK favourite has had one of his titles short-listed for the Lollies Book Prize.

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Posted on: 27th Jan 2016

Radio Heartland's BOOKMARK Christmas Special

Listen to a review of BOOKMARK 2105 in Radio Heartland's BOOKMARK Christmas Special, featuring interviews with BOOKMARK Patron, Fiona Armstrong, BOOKMARK author, Joan Lennon and Chair, Christine Findlay.

 

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Posted on: 19th Jan 2016

BOOKMARK's 2015 Report

BOOKMARK 2015 was another very successful festival. You can see how we've measured this success by taking a look at BOOKMARK's 2015 Report.

 

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Posted on: 18th Jan 2016

Aliens descend on Blairgowrie

Young writers from Perth & Kinross Council's No.5 project were presented with the first printed copies of their book 'Alien's at No.5' on Tuesday, 12 January 2016.

The No. 5 Project is a community resource based in Blairgowrie which offers informal support to local young people and families.The main focus of the scheme is on young people and their families having fun and learning through activities in informal surroundings.  The project also offers residents from the local community opportunities to undertake achievement awards to support access to education and employment.

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Posted on: 11th Nov 2015

'Silver Skin' Voted in Top Ten for Teens

Delighted to see that a BOOKMARK favourite, Joan Lennon, has had her latest Young Adult novel, 'Silver Skin', voted by BookBag as one of their Top Ten Books for Teens, 2015. So well-deserved!

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Posted on: 17th Oct 2015

Points in Time - Collage Poem recording

As part of BOOKMARK's Outreach programme, author and creative writing tutor, Joan Lennon, collected a selection of writings from The Glens into an anthology entitled Points in Time. The booklet, with wonderful artwork from pupils at Blairgowrie High School, was launched at this year's festival. Joan picked out words and phrases from the written contributions and wove them into a wonderful collage poem which was recorded by Radio Heartland.

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Posted on: 17th Oct 2015

Radio Interview with Fiona Armstrong

Listen to this fascinating interview with BOOKMARK's delightful patron, broadcaster and journalist, Fiona Armstrong.

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Posted on: 12th Oct 2015

BOOKMARK Brings the Best to Blairgowrie

Locals and visitors to BOOKMARK 2015 were treated to a magical feast of books and book talk over the festival weekend. From Janice Galloway's witty, sometimes poignant conversation about her new collection of short stories, 'Jellyfish' to Alex Gray's fascinating insights into how she brings her Lorimer detective stories to life to Martin Bell's knowledgeable and compelling analysis of 'The End of Empire', the programme served up a colourful and satisfying array of dishes.

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Posted on: 29th Sep 2015

Judge Impressed with Beautiful Bookmarks

Local Author, David MacPhail had a difficult task ahead of him on Saturday when he sat down to judge the winners of BOOKMARK's 'Design a Bookmark' competition. The ten best entries from each school had already been selected and it was now David's challenge to find an overall winner from each of the three schools which submitted entries: Kirkmichael, Rattray and St Stephen’s Primaries.

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Posted on: 18th Sep 2015

Fun-filled Storytelling with Nick Hesketh

Children’s author, Nick Hesketh had his audience laughing and learning at the same time when he visited Blairgowrie’s Newhill Campus, earlier this month. Engaging the pupils immediately, he held their attention with humour and expressive storytelling.

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Posted on: 13th Sep 2015

Place Settings Collage Poem by Joan Lennon

As we near this year's festival, it's good to look back and reflect on some key moments from last year. One example is this collage poem compiled by former Writer-in-Residence, Joan Lennon, from a compilation of creative writing pieces produced by East Perthshire writers and collected into a booklet entitled  'Place Settings'.

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Posted on: 12th Sep 2015

Bookmark 2015 - Interview with Chair, Christine Findlay

BOOKMARK's Chair, Christine Findlay, talks to Shona Whyte from Radio Heartland about this year's programme.

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Posted on: 9th Sep 2015

Straloch event SOLD OUT

Keith Brockie in the Glens - a popular event in Straloch Garden Studio!

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Posted on: 14th Aug 2015

Discover Blairgowrie and BOOKMARK’s meeting with Murdo Fraser MSP

Tuesday, 11th August was our date to meet up with Murdo Fraser MSP as part of an initiative to showcase the wealth of community-based initiatives making a difference to Blairgowrie, Rattray and surrounding areas.

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Posted on: 22nd Jul 2015

Two events sold out already!

Tickets for two events on Saturday 3rd October have sold out. William McIlvanney and Martin Bell sessions have proved very popular.

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Posted on: 21st Jul 2015

Time to Write again in the Glens!

Author, and former writer-in-residence, Joan Lennon will be taking two more creative writing workshops in the Glens at the end of July.

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Posted on: 7th Jul 2015

Tickets are selling fast for the 2015 Festival

Following the launch of ticket sales by Jess Smith on 26 June we have had a great response and some events are almost sold out already! 

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Posted on: 23rd Jun 2015

Tickets for the programme launch on Friday 26 June with Jess Smith are now SOLD OUT

The programme for the BOOKMARK festival 2015 will be launched by Jess Smith in Blairgowrie Library at 2.30 on Friday 26 June when tickets will first go on sale for the exciting list of events taking place on October 2nd-3rd.

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Posted on: 17th Jun 2015

Gin Festival Raises Funds and Fun

World Gin Day and we bookmarked it with a first: Perthshire's first ever Gin Festival! Blairgowrie's Dalmore Inn & Restaurant provided a spacious and welcoming venue for an afternoon of gin tasting fact and fun provided by expert hosts, Chrissie & Simon Fairclough, from Gin Club Scotland.

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Posted on: 2nd Jun 2015

Gin and Jess in Blair

The outline programme flyer is now out and it's time to warm up for BOOKMARK!

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Posted on: 27th May 2015

BOOKMARK Corner has opened in Blairgowrie!

BOOKMARK will be in the the shop on the corner of 16 Allan Street until mid July funded by a grant from the Lottery Awards for All programme.

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Posted on: 22nd May 2015

Starting in the Glens this coming week!

Time to Write - creative writing workshops with author and tutor JOAN LENNON will start on Tuesday 26 May in Kirkmichael Session House from 7-9pm. A second group will be available in Bridge of Cally Hall on Wednesday 27 May from 1.30-3.30. 

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Posted on: 7th May 2015

'Time to Write' - Creative Writing workshops in the Glens announced

Time to Write is a series of creative writing workshops for adults with Joan Lennon who was Writer-in-Residence for the BOOKMARK book festival in 2014. The workshops will run over a period of 5 months and will be in Kirkmichael Session House and Bridge of Cally Hall.

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Posted on: 22nd Apr 2015

April Newsletter

 A round up of some of the key news items since our last News Letter. I hope you find these both informative and encouraging.

If you would like to show your continuing support for BOOKMARK, do please become a member and/or volunteer to help in whatever way you can.

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Posted on: 14th Jan 2015

'Place Settings' launched in style

Friday, 9th January, saw the official launch of an anthology of prose and poetry from East Perthshire writers. ‘Place Settings’ is the brainchild of author, Joan Lennon, and is one of the key legacies of her Writer in Residency during BOOKMARK 2014.

 

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Posted on: 5th Nov 2014

Christine's Radio Heartland Interview

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Posted on: 25th Oct 2014

BOOKMARK can encourage young writers!

...'a wonderful celebratory gathering of poets....a perfect way to close the festival'....This is how Joan Lennon described the final event of BOOKMARK 2014. 

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Posted on: 23rd Oct 2014

Your writer-in-residence says good-bye!

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Posted on: 16th Oct 2014

The Writing of Little Egypt

No one does eccentricity and idiosyncrasy better than Lesley Glaister and in her most recent novel, Little Egypt, she has excelled herself. In conversation with Fiona Armstrong for BOOKMARK, Lesley revealed the background to the story and also to her own life as a writer.

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Posted on: 16th Oct 2014

Poetic Thoughts from Home and Abroad

In a double bill for Poetry and Place, two of Scotland’s best loved poets, Tom Pow and Ron Butlin, read a selection from their own work. The poems chosen, all in keeping with BOOKMARK’s 2014 theme of Place, embodied a wide range of concepts and moods.

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Posted on: 15th Oct 2014

Festival Overview by Local Lass

This year we invited local lass, Aurora Woods, to join our team and report on some of the BOOKMARK events. Aurora, who comes from Blairgowrie, is currently studying journalism at Dundee University. Here is what she had to say. 

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Posted on: 13th Oct 2014

..."another brilliant BOOKMARK!"....

Well, all the hard work paid off and we are now sifting through all the things that need to be done AFTER an amazing weekend of words, books, writers, poets, artists, cooks, gardeners, photographs, fishing rods and whisky! Oh and of course our supportive audiences - young and old....

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Posted on: 10th Oct 2014

Tickets selling fast and the first events in the BOOKMARK festival in the Royal hotel have sold out

Tickets for Ken Cox 'Scotland for Gardeners' have SOLD OUT as well as for Debi Gliori at miniBOOKMARK.

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Posted on: 9th Oct 2014

AFTER TODAY TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY FROM SALES DESK AT ROYAL HOTEL

Usual booking arrangements for events at the festival this weekend 10/11/12 October change after 5pm today [Thursday] and tickets can be purchased, or collected, only from the Ticket Sales Desk in the Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie.

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Posted on: 8th Oct 2014

WRITERS, BOOKS AND AWARDS FOR ALL!


This week BOOKMARK, the book festival set in Blairgowrie, Rattray & the Glens, sees its second year with a fabulous programme of world-class writers and workshops, an expanded miniBOOKMARK programme for younger readers and writers – plus news of a lottery grant to help it do even more in the long term.

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Posted on: 5th Oct 2014

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Posted on: 4th Oct 2014

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Posted on: 3rd Oct 2014

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Posted on: 2nd Oct 2014

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Posted on: 1st Oct 2014

Radio Heartland presents programme for BOOKMARK 2014

Interviewed today by Shona Whyte on Radio Heartland, Christine Findlay, Chair of BOOKMARK, gave a rundown of the treats in store for this year's festival goers. The full interview can be heard here.


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Posted on: 1st Oct 2014

Place Through Poetic Eyes

Tom Pow, who will be conversing with fellow poet Ron Butlin, at BOOKMARK's Poetry and Place event on 11 October, is currently in Lagos on an exchange visit with Nigerian poet Tolu Ogunlesi whom he had previously hosted in Scotland in May. Tom has been blogging about those visits for Commonwealth Poets United website where you can read all about their many and varied experiences in each other's countries.


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Posted on: 1st Oct 2014

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Posted on: 30th Sep 2014

Dining on snapshots at the Bridge of Cally Hotel

On Thursday afternoon, fringeBOOKMARK launched its September event in The Bridge of Cally Hotel with guest speaker, Glyn Satterley. After a delicious lunch, a near capacity audience was treated to a visual feast of iconic photographs from Glyn’s latest book, ‘Going to The Hill’. Here he records the landscapes, people and wildlife who frequent our Scottish sporting estates.  In words and images, the book documents the changes which have taken place over the years across these landscapes.

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Posted on: 29th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 27th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 26th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 25th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 24th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 23rd Sep 2014

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Posted on: 22nd Sep 2014

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Posted on: 21st Sep 2014

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Posted on: 20th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 19th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 18th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 17th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 16th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 15th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 14th Sep 2014

Sunshine on Straloch

The sun shone on Straloch in Strathardle as the audience gathered on Saturday afternoon in the Garden Studio to hear adventurer and travel writer Patrick Stevenson discuss his writing in 'Reports from Beyond'.

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Posted on: 14th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 13th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 11th Sep 2014

Next event in the Glens - tomorrow, Saturday 13 September at 15.00!

There are still a few tickets left for Patrick Richardson's descriptions of his travels to the remotest parts of the globe. Come along to Straloch in Strathardle and enjoy the splendid views from the Garden Studio! The session lasts from 15.00 - 16.30 and tickets are £6 each with tea / coffee provided.


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Posted on: 9th Sep 2014

Roald Dahl Comes to Blair

Saturday 13th September is Roald Dahl Day and this year Blairgowrie Library will be hosting a Roald Dahl event to celebrate it. From 11.15 to 12.15, the Library will be putting on an hour of activities involving favourite Dahl characters for children aged 4-10. So come along and have some fun with George and his mayhemic medicine, the foulsome Witches and Matilda and her parent-scaring tricks.

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Posted on: 8th Sep 2014

BOOKMARK at The Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

On a bright but windy day, Team BOOKMARK was out in force at Bogles Field, Blairgowrie on Sunday last. Volunteers manned the entrance gates, issuing tickets and programmes. 

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Posted on: 8th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 4th Sep 2014

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Posted on: 31st Aug 2014

Joan Lennon shares her next BOOKMARK project with Radio Heartland

Speaking on Radio Heartland last week, BOOKMARK writer-in-residence Joan Lennon brought listeners up to date with her activities over the summer which has seen her busy with her regular Writing Clinic and Friday Spark work, as well as various ad hoc events. 

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Posted on: 26th Aug 2014

Bruce Parry Meets William Dalrymple in Enochdhu

Next stop on the itinerary of travel writer Patrick Richardson is – Enochdhu! For this Fringe Bookmark event, Patrick will be talking about his life and travels at Straloch Garden Studio, Enochdhu, on Saturday 13th September at 3 pm.

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Posted on: 16th Aug 2014

Successful literary lunch in Kirkmichael

Following a tasty lunch provided by staff of the Kirkmichael Hotel, local author Kenneth Steven delighted an audience on Thursday with an introduction to the personal process of his writing for adults and children in poetry and prose. This was part of the fringe BOOKMARK Book Festival being held in Strathardle with financial support from SSE, Scottish Hydro Drumderg Community Fund.

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Posted on: 10th Aug 2014

Taking the festival to the Glens!

'A First'! Literary lunch in Kirkmichael, Strathardle with Kenneth Steven on Thursday 14 August

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Posted on: 29th Jul 2014

Not Just Any Ordinary Garden Party

Say the words "Garden Party" and a picture arises in your mind of sunshine, soft breezes, the gentle clink of teacups and the murmur of bees, wafting across the grass ... 

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Posted on: 28th Jun 2014

BOOKMARK 2014 off to a flying start

BOOKMARK 2014 got off to a flying start with its launch event in the Royal Hotel in Blairgowrie on Friday 27th June. An appreciative audience was there to get a first glimpse of this year's packed programme and to 'meet the author'.

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Posted on: 11th Jun 2014

Children's Author Barry Hutchison Wows Local Schoolchildren

Last week BOOKMARK brought award-winning children's author, Barry Hutchison, to Rattray Primary School where he entertained over fifty Primary Six and Seven pupils, including a group from Kirkmichael Primary.

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Posted on: 8th Jun 2014

BOOKMARK successfully secures funding for a second year

BOOKMARK Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens Book Festival committee is delighted to announce funding support for this year's Festival.

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Posted on: 4th Jun 2014

'Meet the Authors' in Kirkmichael

The first BOOKMARK Fringe event of 2014 is scheduled for Saturday 21st June in the village of Kirmichael, when a sextet of authors - some local and others from slightly further afield - will be reading from their work and chatting about it with all who would like to drop by. 

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Posted on: 27th May 2014

William Soutar Writing Prize

BOOKMARK followers will be interested to hear about the William Soutar Writing Competition organised by Perth and Kinross Libraries. 

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Posted on: 25th May 2014

Tune in to our Writer-in-Residence

Joan Lennon, our Writer-in-Residence has been talking to Radio Heartland about her current work with BOOKMARK.

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Posted on: 6th May 2014

Crime Writer Gillian Galbraith to Launch BOOKMARK 2014.

It’s official! BOOKMARK 2014 will be launched on 27th June with a Meet the Author event featuring popular crime writer Gillian Galbraith.

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Posted on: 5th May 2014

Another Radio Heartland Interview for BOOKMARK

Following her earlier radio interview in February, BOOKMARK Chair, Christine Findlay, has again been invited to Heartland FM to bring us up-to-date with the latest Festival developments. The interview, "2014 So Far", with Shona Whyte, will be broadcast on Wednesday 7th May at 11.00 am and again on Thursday 8th May at 5.00 pm. Or to listen online, click here.


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Posted on: 15th Apr 2014

BOOKMARK's Writer in Residence Makes Her Mark

As already reported, BOOKMARK, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and Creative Scotland, has appointed Joan Lennon as Writer in Residence, an exciting asset for the area.

Joan Lennon was born in Canada but now lives in the Kingdom of Fife. The Kingdom is said to be shaped like the head of a dog - if this is true, her flat is somewhere on the tip of the ear, which explains a lot.  She has four tall sons and one short cat and plans to go on writing forever.

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Posted on: 12th Mar 2014

BOOKMARK Appoints Writer in Residence

BOOKMARK are delighted to announce the appointment of Joan Lennon as our Writer in Residence.

The 6-month part-time appointment. beginning mid-April and running through to the end of the festival (12th October), is funded by Creative Scotland money channelled through P&KC's Place Partnership initiative. During this period Joan will work with schools and other community groups to encourage and develop creative writing skills. The work produced by the participants will be performed at BOOKMARK'S main festival in October as well as exhibited in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. The final pieces will be published in a 'high end' publication towards the end of the year.

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Posted on: 2nd Feb 2014

BOOKMARK Chair Goes Heart to Heart with Heartland

In a recent conversation with Shona Whyte of Radio Heartland, BOOKMARK Chair Christine Findlay spoke of the genesis of BOOKMARK - how the idea germinated, developed and came to fruition in last year's inaugural festival. She also spoke of her own background, as both educator and writer, which inspired her to set the project in motion. 

The interview will be broadcast on Radio Heartland later this month. In the meantime, it can be heard here.  


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Posted on: 19th Jan 2014

Writer in Residence Opportunity in Blairgowrie

As part of a partnership between BOOKMARK (Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens) book festival and Perth and Kinross Place Partnership we are seeking to offer a six-month writer in residence opportunity based in Blairgowrie, Perthshire to begin in April 2014.

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Posted on: 11th Nov 2013

Memories Are Made Of This

So BOOKMARK 2013 is now over, leaving in its wake a mosaic of memories for organisers, authors and audiences alike. 

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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2013

Questions of Truth, Justice and Moral Relativism

Fresh from his children's session where he regaled his young audience with stories in Scots, James Robertson turned to an altogether more serious subject in his afternoon discussion with Fiona Armstrong. The topic was The Professor Truth, James's latest novel, based loosely around issues related to the Lockerbie bombing. 

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Posted on: 21st Oct 2013

The Makar Maks a Grand Start

On Friday Scots Makar and veteran of the book festival circuit helped launch BOOKMARK, the first book festival of its kind for Blairgowrie, Rattrray and The Glens. And she did it in predictably dramatic style. 

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Posted on: 21st Oct 2013

Traditional Tales from Traveller Jess Smith

Renowned traditional story-teller Jess Smith had audience members captivated during a BOOKMARK fringe event at Kirkmichael Session House on Saturday. 

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Posted on: 20th Oct 2013

Festival Roundup

BOOKMARK's first festival has been judged a resounding success by authors and festival goers alike. Fiona Armstrong who chaired two of the events called it a 'triumph' while author James Robertson said it was 'the most professionally produced festival' he'd attended. From Friday night's performance by Liz Lochhead to Saturday's finale whisky tasting, the Royal Hotel venue was packed to near capacity. And the same was true for the majority of the Mini BOOKMARK sessions. 

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Posted on: 12th Oct 2013

Whoever Would Have Thought Whisky Could Be So Interesting?

In an article in the latest issue of The Scottish Field, whisky expert Charles Maclean draws on his extensive knowledge of whisky lore, giving us a foretaste of what to expect from A Dram With Charlie MacLean on 19th October - everything from insider techniques, such as how to assess the quality of a whisky before even touching it to the lips or raising it to the nose, to how a Highlander hoodwinked King George IV into believing that a bottle of illicit moonshine was the finest Glenlivet. 

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Posted on: 10th Oct 2013

Car Parking for Festival Goers

For those travelling to BOOKMARK events by car, free parking will be available in the playground area of the former Hill Primary School in Upper Allan Street, close to the Royal Hotel. The parking area will be supervised by BOOKMARK volunteers who will be wearing badges. To gain access all you need do is present a ticket for one of the events. Cars will be parked at the owner's own risk. 


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Posted on: 30th Sep 2013

Children's Shop Window Competition

From Friday 4th October twenty Blairgowrie shops will each be carrying the cover of a children's book in their window. The aim of the competition is to find these books and match them to the name of the shop they are in.

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Posted on: 26th Sep 2013

RBS Support For BOOKMARK

BOOKMARK was delighted to learn recently that the Royal Bank of Scotland has offered to become involved in the Festival with a number of supportive measures.

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Posted on: 18th Sep 2013

Itchy Coo - Braw Books for Bairns o Aw Ages

Any Scottish child who loves The Gruffalo (are there any who don't?) is going to love The Gruffalo in Scots even more. So come along and listen to it at BOOKMARK'S Bairns' Books event, read with full Gruffalo gusto by writer James Robertson. 

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Posted on: 15th Sep 2013

Kyla's Cartoon Capers

Cartoon-loving children will have two reasons for celebrating in mid-October: firstly, they'll be on holiday and secondly, they'll have the chance to create a cartoon book of their very own under the expert guidance of animator Kyla Thomlinson. 

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Posted on: 13th Sep 2013

Sir John Lister-Kaye delights an audience at Straloch Garden Studio

One of Scotland's best-known naturalists and conservationists shared his passion for nature writing in the delightful setting of Straloch Garden Studio in Strathardle. Tickets for the BOOKMARK Fringe event had sold out weeks before.

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Posted on: 10th Sep 2013

Karen Campbell breaks new ground

What better background for a crime-writer than a career in the police force? And that's exactly what Karen has had, spending five years as a uniformed officer before moving on, first to have children, and later to do a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. 

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Posted on: 10th Sep 2013

Joan Lennon and the da Vinci Connection

Today we're featuring Joan Lennon, a children's author from Canada who has lived in Scotland for so long we can surely call her an honorary Scot. After spending a year on a Hebridean island in 1978, Joan decided that this is where she wanted to stay. After all, as she says, in Scotland you'd have to try really hard to find a window that isn't worth looking out of.

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Posted on: 8th Sep 2013

Author News - Andrew Greig

With the Festival now only a month away, fans might like a little more inside information about some of the writers who will be speaking at it. We're starting today with Andrew Greig, who is doubly pleased to be joining us as Blairgowrie is one of his favourite parts of Scotland. 

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Posted on: 8th Sep 2013

Busy Weekend for BOOKMARK

Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw BOOKMARK volunteers in the Jampionship tent at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival. Here, amid wonderful images of berry picking and jam making in the Blairgowrie area, volunteers chatted to visitors about the book festival and handed out  dozens of programmes. The response was so positive that, despite long hours of standing, we returned feeling it had been very worthwhile.

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Posted on: 25th Aug 2013

BOOKMARK goes car booting

Following a successful foray into the Blairgowrie Community Market on Saturday, BOOKMARK volunteers Dawn and Frances were up at the crack of dawn on Sunday and off to the Errol car boot sale with a vanload of donated goods and chattels. By 7.30 the stall was set up, by 1.30 little was left and BOOKMARK had made £125. Well done, girls!  


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Posted on: 24th Aug 2013

Sun shines on Bookmark at Community Market

BOOKMARK volunteers were out in force at the Blairgowrie Community Market yesterday to spread the word about the upcoming book festival. 

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Posted on: 20th Aug 2013

At the Water's Edge with Sir John Lister-Kaye

Those interested in the work of celebrated author, naturalist and conservationist Sir John Lister-Kaye might like to catch up with his latest activities by following the blog he maintains on his website.

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Posted on: 15th Aug 2013

Ticket sales have been brisk over the summer

The Straloch event featuring John Lister-Kaye on 14th September is almost sold out with only two tickets left. Tickets for events on 18-19 October are also selling well so please make sure that you get your seats in good time!

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Posted on: 12th Aug 2013

BOOKMARK takes part in Picnic in the Park

BOOKMARK had a vibrant presence at the weekend's Loon Braes Partnership 'Picnic in the Park'. 

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Posted on: 12th Aug 2013

BOOKMARK author longlisted for 'Not the Booker Prize'

We're very pleased to announce that Karen Campbell's novel This Is Where I Am has been longlisted for the 'Not the Booker Prize'.

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Posted on: 28th Jul 2013

Mad Hatter Makes Money for BOOKMARK

BOOKMARK'S prayers were answered when Saturday dawned bright and dry for their fundraising Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The garden setting was soon decked out with gazebos to house a range of stalls selling everything from books to plants.

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Posted on: 2nd Jul 2013

Katie Morag coming on Cbeebies!

Filming has already started on Mairi Hedderwick's Katie Morag books, which have been specially adapted for television.

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Posted on: 26th Jun 2013

BOOKMARK is now officially launched.

The BOOKMARK festival programme was launched with a swing on 22nd June in the Royal Hotel Blairgowrie, to an audience of some eighty people.

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Posted on: 23rd Jun 2013

Book at Bedtime features James Robertson's latest novel

Starting today on BBC4 at 10.45 pm, Book at Bedtime will be featuring The Professor of Truth, written and abridged by James Robertson and read by Peter Firth.

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Posted on: 19th Jun 2013

Lari Don wows schoolchildren with tales of magical derring-do

Excitement was running high this afternoon as some eighty children from Rattray and Kirkmichael Primary Schools gathered round author Lari Don for a workshop based on her First Aid for Fairies series. 

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Posted on: 19th Jun 2013

BOOKMARK set to kick off in style

For the launch of BOOKMARK this weekend we will be joined by two best-selling authors whose names will be familiar to all.

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Posted on: 18th Jun 2013

Blairgowrie High School pupil lights up BOOKMARK

Daniel Duncan, a senior pupil at Blairgowrie High School, will be taking charge of technical arrangements for BOOKMARK.

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Posted on: 18th Jun 2013

Young Florist of the Year to decorate BOOKMARK.

Exciting news!

Blairgowrie girl, Paula McLagan, winner of RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s Young Florist of the Year, will be designing floral displays for our main festival venue at the Royal Hotel.

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