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Discover Blairgowrie and BOOKMARKs meeting with Murdo Fraser MSP

14th Aug 2015

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.

Murdo Fraser visits BOOKMARK

Murdo Fraser visits BOOKMARK

Three members of BOOKMARK’s executive sat down with Murdo over a cup of coffee in the attractive setting of Cargill’s Bistro to talk through our story so far and outline our plans for a sustainable future for the organisation, now a registered charity.

Chair, Christine Findlay, summarised BOOKMARK’s successful story over the last three years, aided by colourful and telling images on display from past festivals.

Murdo was very interested in learning more about BOOKMARK’s financial base. Meg Luckins, Treasurer (and so much more!) provided him with all the relevant details, emphasising the organisation’s successful applications to a number of funders as well as outlining plans to acquire longer-term funding to ensure sustainability. Meg expressed BOOKMARK’s appreciation to the town’s various organisations and businesses who have given both direct sponsorship as well as ‘in-kind’ support, particularly from the Royal Hotel under Iain MacLean’s ownership.

Kathleen Walker, our third executive member, picked up on several BOOKMARK outreach programmes, including collaborative projects with local schools and ongoing creative writing workshops in The Glens, currently being run by acclaimed children’s author, Joan Lennon and funded by a generous grant from Drumderg Community Fund.

We rounded off our chat with an invitation to Murdo to bring along his two children to this year’s exciting children’s programme, pointing out that one of the events featuring inspirational writing guru, Nick Hesketh, is to be held in Cargill’s on Friday, 2nd October. Good food and good writing spell lots of fun!

As Murdo was about to move on to his next port of call, he took a few minutes to tell us about his own writing career. Next month Birlinn publishes his historical biography of two colourful 17th century Scottish ‘Rivals’, James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and Archibald Campbell, 8th Marquis of Argyll. It may be 17th Century in setting but its subject matter is still very relevant to today’s political climate in Scotland. He promises to return to Blairgowrie to front an author event. Watch this space!


Christine Findlay


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