BookMark Book Festival

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BookMark Book Festival

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8th Oct 2014

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.
Edinburgh’s former ‘Makar’, Ron Butlin, Scots poet Tom Pow and renowned travel and fiction writer, Linda Cracknell , are just a few names in the line-up, with high profile figures such as Andrew Greig and Fiona Armstrong (the festival’s patron) chairing events.  The festival’s Writer in Residence, Joan Lennon , will host ‘Place Settings’ where contributors will reflect on the theme of “Place” through poems, prose and artwork that resulted from working with Joan and from Blairgowrie High School pupils encouraged by Head of Art, Sam Kennedy.  There will also be an exhibition of the pieces in the Royal Hotel throughout the BOOKMARK weekend.  And for younger readers – and budding writers – there are workshops with Debi Gliori, Lari Don and Nick Hesketh, the latter running a session for 10-plus age group on ‘How to Write a Chiller’!

All this comes as BOOKMARK announces the appointment of a part-time Development Officer, funded by a lottery grant. Drew Campbell’s remit will be to help  the organisation plan for the future  structure of the festival.  Awards for All has granted £8,000 to BOOKMARK – run by volunteers – to build stronger links with local groups in Rattray and the Glens, explore ideas for future festivals and ultimately secure long-term sustainability for BOOKMARK.  Festival chair, Christine Findlay, said: “Although we’re only in our second year the importance of the festival to the local community is already obvious, and this grant will help us reach out to young people and make BOOKMARK a fixture in the cultural life and economy of Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens.” 

The Festival begins this Friday (10th October) and continues throughout the weekend. Tickets are still available for some of the main festival events, held in the Royal Hotel, Blairgowrie, and for some miniBOOKMARK events which take place in the St Catharine’s Centre, West George Street.  Visit for tickets, details, venues and times.


Excellent programme, good bookshop and superlative organisation.

Attendee (Main Festival)

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