But not as we know it, Jim!
At last we can confirm that there will be a seventh Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival this November, as news of a successful grant application reached the Committee a few days ago.
Sadly it cannot go ahead in a physical form as, like every other book festival this year, it has been forced to go down a purely digital route.
However the good news is that this format will allow people from every corner of the land (and other lands) to watch the events online. They will be uploaded and initially run on the 21st of November – three sessions in the morning and three in the afternoon.
And while they will be available for some time afterwards, the organisers would like you to log on for at least part of the time on the opening day to help the initial viewing numbers. The link will be widely publicised nearer the time.
Here is this year’s line up:
- Both Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson will appear to talk about their new novels.
- The wonderfully avuncular Alan Johnson, former high flying cabinet minister turned best selling author, will talk about the pop songs which punctuated his life in his memoir IN MY LIFE.
- Peter Ross, whose just published book, A TOMB WITH A VIEW, has had wonderful reviews, will talk about his fascinating journey round graveyards near and far, and the tales they tell.
- Peter Geoghegan’s timely book DEMOCRACY FOR SALE has already raced up the charts with its meticulously recounted tales of dark money and manipulated social media and their involvement in elections and referendums.
- And completing the line up is Clare Hunter whose THREADS OF LIFE was a Radio 4 book of the week, and Waterstone’s book of the month. It tells the tales of how people have used sewing through the ages to make cleverly silent protests, from Mary Queen of Scots to the mothers of lost children in Argentina.
More later on the links and timings ....