Cove Burgh Hall

Book Festival 2018

This is year five of the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival, and the organising team have agreed several new measures to help maximise audiences and their enjoyment.

For the first time there will be an EarlyBird ticket for £35 which will allow entry to all 9 events.  This represents a saving of £19 and will be available throughout September to anyone who registers an interest on the website. We will need your name and a contact number or email address.

Subsequently there will be a Weekend Pass for £40, a saving of £14.  Tickets for individual events remain the same as last year at £6.

Once again there are many high profile authors coming to the book festival, including our Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay and the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid.

Another hugely successful crime writer,  Alex Gray, is joining the line up and there is  the welcome return of Sally Magnusson, this time with her debut novel.

Angus Roxburgh, formerly the BBC’s man in Moscow is launching the proceedings whilst the following day will see the brilliant foreign correspondent Allan Little in conversation with Gavin Francis, the Edinburgh GP who has become one of the country’s most successful writers on the human condition. They make quite a double act and will be reprising their hugely popular  event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where Allan is the chair.

A less familiar name is Jane MacKenzie, but her latest novel, Tapestry of War, is partially set right here on the Peninsula and features the world war two hospital at Knockderry Castle and the American base at Rosneath.

The brilliant author, essayist and playwright Andrew O’Hagan is also coming this year. And making his third visit  is perennial favourite James Robertson who has written an off beat biography with conversation and songs of the late, great Michael Marra.  Joining James will be legendary folk musician Rab Noakes and they are our special Saturday night feature.

We think you’ll agree it’s quite a line up and we’re confident of a healthy audience for them all who will have the opportunity after each event to chat to the authors, buy their books and have them signed.

Bookings and Tickets

Tickets will be available in some local outlets but you can book online now by going to either of the Day 1 or Day 2 pages (see links below) and clicking on the Request Tickets button. Please say whether you would like a weekend ticket or tickets for individual events. If it's the latter, please specify which events.


Knockderry Country House Hotel, one the major sponsors of the festival is offering discounted deals for the weekend of 24th and 25th for visitors.


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