Book Festival 2019

Book Festival bookings open

The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival, now in its 6th year, takes place in Cove Burgh Hall 23-24 November. Online bookings are now open!

The Programme

The Festival has another stellar line up.

Joining crime Queen Denise Mina, who opens this year’s festival are a raft of top flight authors and also some impressive names amongst their chairs.

Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland editor, will be in conversation with the redoubtable Helena Kennedy on Saturday evening as they discuss the poor deal so many women get from the law featured in Helena’s new book Eve Was Shamed.

Off the Ball favourite Stuart Cosgrove, who has written a classic soul trilogy linking the music of Memphis, Harlem, and Detroit with the political hinterland of those cities, will be discussing them with BBC Scotland’s afternoon host Janice Forsyth.

Scotland’s most eminent historian, Professor Tom Devine makes his Cove and Kilcreggan debut on Sunday talking about his book on the Clearances.

And the new Director of the V&A Dundee, Philip Long, will take us behind the scenes with an illustrated talk about the Museum (recently voted our top visitor attraction), after which he’s talking to legendary art critic Clare Henry.

Award winning author Christopher Brookmyre, a festival favourite, is now part of a new writing team with his anaesthetist wife Marisa Haertzman. Together, writing as Ambrose Parry, they’ve already garnered a huge following.

Times columnist Melanie Reid, wheelchair bound since her riding accident 9 years ago, brings us the wit and wisdom of her memoir – The World I Fell Out Of – while Gavin Francis, doctor, author, renaissance man gives us his own unmissable take on the human condition.

We are privileged not just to be joined by top foreign correspondent David Pratt, but to see the photographic essays he compiled during his many years covering global conflicts.

It promises to be a vintage year.


 For the first time tickets can be purchased in advance online. 

A Weekend Pass is £40 and individual events cost £6.

Tickets will soon be available at a local outlet for advance purchase in person. And there will be the usual on-the-day facility to buy at the door (subject to availability).

Go to the Book Festival 2019 page to make online bookings.


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