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BOOKMARK Brings the Best to Blairgowrie

12th Oct 2015

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.

Audiences and authors alike commented on the friendly, well organised event which gave the public the rare opportunity to meet and chat informally to some of their favourite authors.

The varied children's programme offered plenty of fun and fresh ideas for storytelling. Nick Hesketh wowed a packed audience of keen young readers and writers who were fed great ideas as well as scrumptious food, courtesy of Cargill's Bistro.  Illustrator, Kate Leiper, showed her audience how to draw their own dragons. Maybe not quite up to her brilliant standard but they all had fun trying. True to form, Barry Hutchison had the children rolling in the aisles as he introduced them to 'Fiends, Bear-Things and the End of the World'!

The wonderful Catherine MacPhail kept her audience spell-bound and eager for more as did son, David MacPhail, whose 'Nicest Viking' series offers hilarious stories accompanied by illustrations to match.

Thanks to a blue-skied weekend, Bessie, the Play, Talk, Read bus took its storytelling helpers outdoors in the Wellmeadow to meet wee ones, their mums, dads and grandparents.

Stories are a rich, universal heritage. May BOOKMARK continue to bring some of our best storytellers to Blairgowrie to share their own stories with us.

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