BookMark Book Festival

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BookMark Book Festival

BOOKMARK 2018 Authors


Fiona Armstrong

Fiona Armstrong

BBC News presenter Fiona Armstrong has been a familiar face on national and regional news for many years.

Her work overseas includes programmes on Aids orphans in Africa and the removal of landmines in Cambodia. At home she has covered stories from domestic violence to politics. Other feature work includes subjects from farming to fishing, from cooking to antiques.

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Ron Butlin

Ron Butlin

The Authors in Schools programme will be continuing this year in the Alyth area.  BOOKMARK is delighted to welcome Ron Butlin as our guest author who will be entertaining children from P1 to P7 with his exciting stories and poetry.

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Mungo Campbell

Mungo Campbell

Mungo Campbell is Deputy Director of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow.

Before moving to Glasgow in 1997 he worked at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and in the Print Room at the National Gallery of Scotland.

Mungo Campbell will introduce poets who will read from their new anthology, 'The  Hunterian Museum Poems', with poetry from a number of top Scottish poets. 

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Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn

Stewart Conn was the inaugural Edinburgh Makar (2002-2005). His collection The Breakfast Room was the 2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year; and his latest publications include The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books) and Against the Light (Mariscat Press).

In his previous existence as BBC Scotland's head of radio drama he adapted and directed a number of Muriel Spark's works, including a dramatisation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

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Ken Cox

Ken Cox

A great favourite of BOOKMARK - Ken will be discussing his latest must-read guide for gardeners who enjoy working with nature in all her glory.  His illustrated talk, documenting the best woodland gardens across the globe, will also give you best practice ideas from one of the world's best woodland gardeners.

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Elizabeth Crawford

Elizabeth Crawford

Elizabeth Crawford is the author of 'The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928' (Routledge), 'The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey' (Routledge), 'Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle' (Francis Boutle), 'Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye's suffrage diary' (Francis Boutle), and 'The Great War: The People's Story - Kate Parry Frye: The Long Life of an Edwardian Actress and Suffragette' (ITV Ventures).

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Isla Dewar

Isla Dewar

Isla was born in Edinburgh, scene of many of her books. She has written sixteen and has been translated into seventeen languages.  Her second book was made into a film starring Helena Bonham Carter. She writes about families, relationships, misunderstandings, love, hate and other absurdities. Her hobbies are staring out of the window and daydreaming.  When she grows up she wants to be a blues singer. But she loves writing, loves words. She thinks she is the luckiest person in the world to do this for a living. She drinks too much coffee, lives in Fife with her husband, an illustrator and is a reasonable cook and has moments of unaccountable happiness. www.booksfromscotland.com/isla-dewar

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Rosemary Goring

Rosemary Goring

Rosemary Goring 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 War'.  www.birlinn.co.uk/Rosemary-Goring

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Robert Harris

Robert Harris

Continuing the legacy of John Buchan's classic adventures, Robert J Harris talks about what inspired him to create a new adventure for Richard Hannay, the hero of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps. He  explores the challenges and the joy of reviving Buchan's beloved characters, illustrated with exciting readings from the book.

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Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer.

His childhood memoir 'This Boy' was published by Bantam Press on 9th May 2013. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, Britain's top political writing award.  His second volume of memoirs, 'Please Mr Postman', was published in September 2014 and won the National Book Club award for Best Biography.  The third volume of his memoirs 'The Long and Winding Road' was published in September 2016. www.alanjohnsonbooks.co.uk

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Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Until he started writing, most of Bill's working years were spent making television documentaries. After six years as a print journalist, he joined Granada Television, Manchester, in 1982, from where he crafted films for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, National Geographic and many others in a career spanning almost three decades. Featured amongst the many presenters he has worked with are Sir Peter Ustinov, Billy Connolly, Joanna Lumley and Sir Trevor McDonald.

Since turning freelance in 2009, Bill has continued to work in broadcasting. He then turned to writing biography. When Bill began to ponder ideas for a third book, his thoughts turned to Scotland. In the late 1960s he'd spent a week with his school cadet force at the Cultybraggan army camp near Comrie. The place had always haunted him, and when he dug back into its history he discovered a horrifying secret from its days as a wartime POW camp.

Bill is married with two grown up children, and lives in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.  www.bloomsbury.com/author

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Allan Massie

Allan Massie

Allan Massie is currently a journalist and critic for the Scotsman and the Sunday Times.  Gore Vidal called him a 'Master of the Long Ago Historical Novel'.  His 1980 novel 'A Question of Loyalties' won The Saltire Society's Scottish Book of the Year Award.

Many of his successful novels are reconstructed autobiographies or biographies of famous people. 'The Ragged Lion' is an apparently fictional memoir written by Walter Scott.  It is an enthralling insight into a man more famous for his public, rather than personal, image.  Highly acclaimed as a work of historical fiction, Allan Massie brings Walter Scott to life in an unforgettable way.  www.orionbooks.co.uk

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Denise Mina

Denise Mina

Denise Mina studied Law at Glasgow University.  Misusing her PhD grant (as she says) she wrote her first novel 'Garnethill' which won the CWA Dagger for Best First Novel. The Garnethill trilogy was followed by ten more novels, among which 'The End of the Wasp Season' and 'Gods and Beasts' won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Award, making her the first writer to win the prize in two consecutive years.

Her latest novel is 'The Long Drop', winner of both the Gordon Burn Prize and the McIlvanney Crime Novel of the Year 2017.

As well as writing novels, she has had three staged in Glasgow and Edinburgh, makes documentaries and films and writes for DC Comics. www.denisemina.com

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Alan Riach

Alan Riach

Alan Riach holds the Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. His fifth book of poems, Homecoming (2009), follows Clearances (2001), First & Last Songs (1995), An Open Return (1991) and This Folding Map (1990).

Alan Riach will introduce poets who will read from their new anthology, 'The  Hunterian Museum Poems', with poetry from a number of top Scottish poets.

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Gerda Stevenson

Gerda Stevenson

Gerda is an award-winning actor, theatre director, author and singer-songwriter. Her collection of poems 'If This were Real' was reviewed in the Sunday Herald as “the best of the new in contemporary Scottish poetry – not to be missed”.

Her second collection 'Quines' – poems in tribute to women of Scotland, is described by Lesley Riddoch as “a vivid explosion of thought and bold opinion – a wonderful, life-affirming book”. www.gerdastevenson.co.uk

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Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

BOOKMARK is delighted to offer special events to celebrate the centenary of Muriel Spark, one of Scotland's best-loved and most original writers. Famous for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie', Spark wrote another 21 novels, collections of poetry, biographies and essays.

Join us for a day in the company of those who knew her best. Alan Taylor, well-known journalist and critic, became her good friend.  His memoir 'Appointment in Arezzo' is an exceptional account of this friendship, full of wit, insights and charming story-telling.  He is also a terrific raconteur and his tales of his travels with Muriel will captivate us all.

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Olga Wojtas

Olga Wojtas

Olga Wojtas was born and brought up in Edinburgh where she attended James Gillespie's High School – the model for Marcia Blaine School for Girls, which appears in Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher there, Iona M. Cameron.

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Gail Wylie

Gail Wylie

Gail Wylie, BOOKMARK's current Chair, has been involved in teaching literature and poetry to adults for over thirty years.  She also gave theatre talks at Edinburgh's Festival and Kings Theatres and was Chair of The Muriel Spark Society contributing to the Muriel Spark 100 Centenary events.

Gail now lives locally and is delighted to be part of this great Festival.

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Testimonials

Thank you for inviting me to Blairgowrie.  It was a very agreeable and friendly festival - with a good and appreciative audience.  There was an atmosphere of genuine enthusiasm

Allan Massie, author


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