Tickets are selling fast for the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival this weekend 23-24 November in Cove Burgh Hall. Some events are almost at capacity - please book now if you want to attend.
To book online or find out more about the authors, your best starting point is the main Book Festival page. It's also possible to buy tickets from local outlets - Kilcreggan Post Office and Cove Country Store. And at the Hall on the day, if tickets are still available.
The Book Festival will get away to a cracking start on Saturday morning with two fascinating authors - Denise Mina, crime writer supreme and a great exemplar of the Tartan Noir genre, and Gavin Francis, who deftly combines being a GP in Edinburgh with writing award-winning non-fiction.
Denise will be talking about her latest novel Conviction - 'unputdownable' by the Washington Post's reviewer - to quote:
“Conviction is spectacular; if you, dear reader, can sanely spread your enjoyment of it out over, say, a week, you’re a more disciplined consumer of suspense fiction than I am. I inhaled this novel in two extended sittings in one day."
Gavin Francis's latest work - Shapeshifters - gets a glowing recommendation from none other than the eminent Hilary Mantel:
"This stylish and exhilarating collection of essays comes from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity. With warmth and wit, Gavin Francis examines the body's strategies for survival and change ... Each piece is a pleasure to read, and in sum they are inspiring."
Both Conviction and Shapeshifters will be available for purchase at the Festival, signed by the authors too! As will books by other authors who are speaking at the Festival.
These first two writers in the programme are a small sample of the variety and interest over the two days of the Festival. It will be something of a literary roller-coaster taking in autobiography, law, Scottish history, more crime, photography, music, and the establishing of a new design museum.
This last is covered in an illustrated talk at 2:15 on Sunday afternoon when Philip Long, Director of the new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, will talk about the Museum's exhibitions, the assembling of the permanent collection, and of course the building itself whose iconic form instantly made it a star tourist attraction for Dundee and for Scotland.
Ensure you can enjoy the pleasures of this engaging weekend in the warm and welcoming environment of Cove Burgh Hall by booking without delay. Only £6 per talk or £40 for the whole weekend.