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Successful literary lunch in Kirkmichael

16th Aug 2014

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.

Author Kenneth Steven reads from his work

Author Kenneth Steven reads from his work

Kenneth stressed the importance of place in his work and the value of old stories as an inspiration for creating his characters and plots. “Working in an isolated cabin [in Aberfeldy] I can very easily hide away and go off into another place where I can walk with my characters,” he explained. “I can also use the cabin as a sounding board to get it just right!”

The audience was treated to readings from Kenneth’s latest novel “Glen Lyon” and poetry from a collection entitled “Coracle”.

The session finished with a book signing opportunity and people from the audience [from as far as Broughty Ferry, Edinburgh and Leeds as well as Blairgowrie and the Glens] had a chance to chat to each other about the event. “I enjoyed the session very much”, said one visitor. “The intimate atmosphere this afternoon was quite special.” After such a response it looks as if the literary lunch formula worked well in ‘Bringing the festival to the Glens’ and we look forward to the next one!

For details of further events in the fringe BOOKMARK series and the main BOOKMARK festival in October 2014 see our Programme


I really enjoyed the event on Friday, and I am glad the audience did too.  It‘s been an absolute pleasure. It went really well, with a very warm audience - laughter from the start put me immediately at ease.

Off to Canada in the morning with Mark Billingham. Hope they‘re as appreciative as in Blairgowrie.

Chris Brookmyre

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