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BOOKMARK is now officially launched.

26th Jun 2013

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

Christine Findlay, Aline Templeton and Meg Luckins at the launch of BOOKMARKIn this its inaugural year, BOOKMARK will feature a smorgasbord of favourite Scottish authors, beginning with a keynote speech by Liz Lochhead, Scotland's Makar, on the Friday evening. Saturday's main events, in the Royal Hotel, will include Andrew Greig, Karen Campbell and James Robertson who will talk about their latest releases, rounding off with Charles Maclean, 'Scotland's leading whisky expert', chatting with his audience over a dram. Children will be able to choose from two Gruffalo-based activities, a chance to learn more about the Katie Morag books from Mairie Hedderwick and a presentation of Tales from the Turrets by Joan Lennon (with the help of a suitcase full of ferrets). For its Fringe programme BOOKMARK will spread further afield with writer Jess Smith, animator Kyla Tomlinson and the Perth and Kinross Ranger Service presenting events in Kirkmichael, Bridge of Cally and Rattray. 

After outlining the programme, BOOKMARK Chair Christine Findlay invited to the podium guest speaker Aline Templeton for a conversation about her work. The discussion ranged over Aline's decision to create a strong female detective as the central character for her DI Marjory Fleming books, in contrast to the dysfunctional male detective usually found in crime fiction, her choice of Galloway as the setting, her research methods and her complex plotting, which Aline compared to knitting a Fair Isle pattern. Aline also spoke of her preference for writing a series rather than stand-alone books, explaining that it gives the writer greater scope for both character development and exploring the many different social scenarios offered by a given setting.

Guests felt that the launch boded well for the Festival proper in October. 'What a super afternoon - everything ran so well, smoothly and very professional - very impressive. If that is the standard then the whole Festival will go wonderfully well,' said Kathleen Walker, while Roy Sim commented, 'This is the standard of event we need for the town.' Councillor Caroline Shiers summed up by saying, 'It was fantastic. There was a lovely atmosphere and the programme looks amazing.' 

 After the event Aline chatted with guests and signed copies of her latest DI Fleming novel, Evil for Evil.


All excellent speakers. Enjoyed all.

Attendee (Main Festival)

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