:: 2019 AUTHORS




Magnus Linklater CBE – BOOKMARK Patron,  is a Scottish journalist, writer and former newspaper editor. 

Magnus was born in Orkney and is the son of Scottish writer, Eric Linklater.  He began his career in journalism in 1964, worked with The Times from 1969-1983 and moved to The Observer as Managing Editor (News) before being recruited to launch and edit the London Daily News.  Magnus returned to Scotland in 1988 to become editor of The Scotsman until 1994.  Magnus was the Scottish Editor of The Times from 2007-2012.  Since then he has continued as a regular columnist for The Times, presented a discussion programme for BBC Radio Scotland and has written a number of books on Scottish history and politics.  Magnus is currently the chairman of Horsecross Arts Ltd. 

Rosemary Goring – BOOKMARK Patron

Today, Magnus will be joined by Rosemary Goring another BOOKMARK Patron.  Rosemary  is a writer and journalist who worked for many years for Scotland on Sunday, before moving to The Herald and Sunday Herald. Her books include Scotland: The Autobiography: 2000 Years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw It Happen, and the novels After Flodden and Dacre’s Warwww.birlinn.co.uk/Rosemary-Goring



Shaun Bythell

Shaun runs Wigtown’s The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland set in its only officially designated ‘National Book Town’. When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed re-workings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild.





A taste of BOOKMARK 2019

History, music, thrillers, memoirs, novels, crime fiction, poetry, nature writing and travel are all on October’s Festival menu.  Our motto is ‘Go with Flow’ and often there is nothing better at a book festival than doing simply that: going to listen to someone you’d never heard of or trying out a subject you didn’t think would interest you can so many times be the one event you remember.  And if you’ve never been to a book event before, why not give us a try?  We’re friendly, open to meeting new friends and offering time out to encounter new experiences.  We look forward to welcoming you to BOOKMARK 2019: we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.


     Gerda Stevenson       Jenny Alldridge

Gerda Stevenson, actor/ writer/ director/singer-songwriter, trained at R.A.D.A., London, winning the Vanbrugh Award. She has worked on stage, television, radio and film throughout Britain and abroad. In 2014, she was nominated as one the Saltire Society’s OUTSTANDING WOMEN OF SCOTLAND.
Gerda  is an award-winning writer of drama, poetry, prose, and children’s stories. Her poetry and prose have been broadcast on radio and published widely in newspapers, literary magazines, anthologies and in her own poetry collections throughout Britain and abroad.  www.gerdastevenson.co.uk
Christian Small lived and painted in West Linton for over 60 years. Her work was of remarkable quality and range in many different media. Her choice of subjects was wonderfully imaginative. Her landscapes were drawn from around the village, their colour and draftsmanship brilliantly capturing the countryside she loved: wind-bent trees, pale green grasses and the rolling Pentland Hills.
Woven in and out of the paintings are poems by Gerda Stevenson, and Christian’s thoughts in prose as imagined with poignant eloquence by her daughter Jenny Alldridge – an unusual blend of word and image telling the unique story of a prolific and gifted artist. https://scotlandstreetpress.com/product/inside-out-the-art-of-christian-small/ 




Lyn McNicol & Laura Jackson present Badger the Mystical Mutt

Badger the Mystical Mutt is a loveable, toast eating dog with a heart of gold, dodgy magic skills and a peculiar flying machine! Authors McNicol & Jackson have written nine Badger books, and each one subtly addresses issues such as bullying, healthy eating and disability. They have visited schools, libraries and book festivals all over the UK with their larger than life character and are proud to be Patrons of Reading at a school in West Lothian. Their events are full of fun, magic and mischief. BBC Radio Scotland made a documentary about their journey called “The Mystical Mutt”   www.badgerthemysticalmutt.com


Angela Proctor is a business woman, author and mummy to two wonderful children, Skye and Kyle. These little bookworms love stories, which is one of the reasons why she got involved in writing. She’s been telling stories to her children all of their lives, and in 2014 decided to turn their stories into books. Since publishing her first book she found she had a passion for writing and storytelling. Angela has visited over 170 schools across Scotland spreading the word about Thumble Tumble and converting thousands of children into ‘Arranites’ on the way. She has also raised over £20,000 for her partner charity, the Beatson Cancer Charity as the sudden death of her mum to cancer in 2014 was the other reason why she turned to writing   www.thumbletumble.co.uk  www.scottishbooktrust.com/profile/author details

The Thumble Tumble book series follows an extraordinary little witch along her many adventures on the magical Isle of Arran and beyond.

Stuart Reid has been a full-time author for over seven years. His book events are filled with energy, fun and excitement, designed to engage and inspire children, especially boys and reluctant readers, to want to love reading. Using slides and props to bring his books to life, Stuart engages, entertains and educates pupils through alliteration, visualisation and volunteers from the audience (pupils and teachers). Small children love the energy and his silliness, whilst everyone enjoys the wacky world his characters live in. Stuart encourages the older pupils to think about their goals and aspirations and to learn from his 25 years in business and as an author. www.stuart-reid.com







Children will have a treat in store when they discover just how entertaining education can be in author Stuart Reid’s session with Gorgeous George.


Olga Wojtas
Olga was born and raised in Edinburgh and attended the school that  inspired Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. 

She became a journalist, writing short stories on the side and her life changed when she won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust.

Her first novel Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar is The Creme de la Creme of crime Debuts. Fifty something Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blane School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name…   www.scottishbooktrust.com


Marion Duffy
Marion is one half of the creative writing partnership Mirren Jones; her Welsh partner is Elaine Atkins.

Together they have written two works of non-fiction and a debut novel, Eight of Cups.  Via long distance communication, the pair have completed their second novel, Never Do Harm.  Born in Dundee, Marion’s working life has been rich and varied incorporation the worlds of education, health and big business.

A seasoned workshop leader, she currently manages her local medical practice which provides a rich seam of contextual background for Never Do Harm.  www.mirrenjones.co.uk




Douglas Skelton
Douglas Skelton was born in Glasgow. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and investigator. Now concentrating on fiction, he has written eleven ‘true crime’ and Scottish criminal history books. His previous novel Open Wounds (2016) was longlisted for the McIlvanney Award. Douglas was involved in a long-running campaign to right the infamous Ice Cream Wars miscarriage of justice. He also runs popular ‘You the Jury’ events, presenting a court case and allowing the audience to deliver the verdict… www.douglasskelton.com