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BookMark Book Festival

BOOKMARK 2017 Festival Tickets

Get your tickets for the 2017 BOOKMARK Festival here.

This year the online ticket sales for our Main Festival Events and our Festival Dinner are being processed by Horsecross. On clicking the 'Buy Tickets' button you will be diverted to the Horsecross Box Office Booking Page for your chosen event.

Our Fringe and Blairgowrie Players Events are still being handled internally. On clicking the 'Add To Cart' button you will be directed to the PayPal Shopping Cart to complete your transaction.

Festival Tickets are also available from

Blairgowrie Library
01250 871305

Waterstones in Perth
01738 630013

BOOKMARK Membership Secretary
01250 875613

Horsecross Box Office, Perth Concert Hall
01738 621031

Horsecross Website

If you are unable to purchase tickets via the links below (and the event is not marked as 'SOLD OUT' or 'UNAVAILABLE') please contact the Membership Secretary by telephone as additional tickets may still available for purchase directly or from other outlets.


Purchase our BOOKMARK Festival Pass for just £42 and gain access to all 7 of our exciting author events. Includes all Friday, 6th October and Saturday, 7th October activities (tickets for the Festival Dinner, Blairgowrie Players and Fringe Events must be purchased separately).


Christopher Brookmyre - 'Want You Gone'

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Chris Brookmyre discusses the follow-up to 2016’s McIlvanney Prize winner Black Widow, in which journalist Jack Parlabane is blackmailed by a skilled, resourceful and boundlessly devious hacker.

Chris Brookmyre’s first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning, won the First Blood Award in 1996 for the best first crime novel of the year. Eighteen further novels garnered him two Sherlock awards and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing. In 2005 he was named Glasgow University Young Alumnus of the Year and in 2007 won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for writing. In 2016 his novel Black Widow won the inaugural McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime novel of the year.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Fri 6th Oct 18.00-19.00 £7
Rachel Crowther - 'The Things You Do For Love'

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A wonderful page-turner of a novel about the complexity of female life, by a new writer who understands it all too well. You can have it all, but only if you’re prepared to pay the price.” Fay Weldon

This is about how we tell the story of our lives, and our capacity for love. Richly woven through with art and music, this book is filled with emotional depth, eloquence and wisdom. Rachel Crowther worked as a doctor in the NHS for twenty years before succumbing to a lifelong yearning to write fiction.

She has an MA in Creative Writing and a string of prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel, The Partridge and the Pelican, a Tatler ‘sizzling summer read’, was published in 2011, and The Things You Do For Love followed in 2016.

Rachel will also introduce her new novel due out this summer, Every Secret Thing, a tale of friendship, betrayal and second chances.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Fri 6th Oct 19.30-20.30 £7
Martin Bell - 'War and The Death of News'

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Martin Bell has spent more than half a century in unquiet corners of the world, including the surrogate war zone of the House of Commons. During that time, the way that wars have been fought and perceived, and the way that news has been gathered and presented has changed radically. From Vietnam to Bosnia and beyond, this is a moving, personal account of war, with an impassioned call to put the substance back into our news.

From the ranks of the Suffolk Regiment, Martin Bell emerged to become one of the BBC’s best-known war reporters. He covered conflicts from Vietnam to Bosnia, where he was wounded. In 1997 he became the first elected Independent MP for 50 years. He is now an Ambassador for UNICEF and an author. His eight books include one of poetry. He had a chrysanthemum named after him at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Sat 7th Oct 10.00-11.00 £7
Lin Anderson - 'Follow The Dead - Silence The Living'

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Forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit. A mysterious plane has crash landed on frozen Loch A’an. A nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead and a fourth missing after having seen Am Fear Liath Mòr, the Big Grey Man who haunts the mountain. Rhona is joined by the enigmatic Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen with disturbing theories about the link to his homeland.

Lin Anderson has published twelve novels featuring forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod, the latest, published August 2017, being Follow the Dead. Her first feature film script, Sometime Did Me Seek is due to shoot in Edinburgh shortly. Her short film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Film Festival best fiction award. Lin is co-founder of the crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Sat 7th Oct 11.30-12.30 £7
Ron Butlin - 'Billionaires' Banquet'

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1985 Edinburgh. Hume sets up a business catering for the rich and their ever-growing appetites. But by the new millennium, these appetites have become much more demanding...

Powerful, challenging and very funny, Billionaires’ Banquet is an immorality tale for the 21st century.

With an international reputation as a prizewinning novelist, Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. His twenty books have won many prizes and been translated into over a dozen languages. His previous novel, Ghost Moon, was nominated for the international IMPAC Prize 2016. His latest novel Billionaires’ Banquet was published in April this year.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Sat 7th Oct 13.30-14.30 £7
Flora Shedden - 'Gatherings'

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Flora lives in Highland Perthshire. She has worked as a gallery assistant, researcher, photographer, costume seamstress and waitress, before her success as a finalist on The Great British Bake Off encouraged her to plan her future around her favourite pastimes of writing, cooking and photography.

Flora’s debut cookbook, “Gatherings,” published in January 2017, is her first publication since creating and editing the local primary school newspaper, aged 9.

Currently establishing her own bakery, she is also presenting on BBC radio, and writing a regular food column for a national newspaper.

A gathering is an easy way of cooking and hosting. It means no pressure, no code of conduct, and everyone - cook included - can actually enjoy themselves.

Flora discusses her passion for cooking, photography and the journey she is taking from cooking for pleasure, via The Great British Bake Off, to producing her first cookbook and opening her own bakery.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Sat 7th Oct 15.00-16.00 £7
Alan Johnson - 'The Long and Winding Road'

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Alan Johnson continues to chart his extraordinary journey from the slums of West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, a journey almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

In The Long and Winding Road, Alan’s characteristic honesty and authenticity shine through every word. His book takes you into a world which is at once familiar and strange: this is politics as you’ve never seen it before……

Alan was chosen to stand in the constituency of Hull West and Hessle, and entered Parliament as an MP in May 1997. Rising through various Ministerial positions he became Home Secretary in 2009. His first book, This Boy, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Orwell Prize in 2013. His second, Please Mister Postman, won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2014.

Blairgowrie Community Campus Sat 7th Oct 16.45-17.45 £7
BOOKMARK 2017 Festival Dinner

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BOOKMARK invites you to continue the conversation at BOOKMARK 2017’s Festival Dinner
in The Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus on Saturday 7th October, 2017.

with Guest Speaker - Alan Johnson

8.00 for 8.30pm

Dress Code: Lounge Suit

Book a table for 12 and receive a £25 voucher for the bar on the night.

Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus Sat 7th Oct 20.00 onwards £35
Blairgowrie Players - 'The Arrow'

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Following on from last year’s success with the ever-popular Whisky Galore - The Radio Play, this year’s festival play will be a premiere, The Arrow, by local playwright, Robert Mercer Nairne from Meikleour.

The arrow in question is made of silver and was presented to the people of Rattray in the 17th century to commemorate an archery contest. Last competed for in 1727, the arrow has been in the custody of the Mercer Nairne family ever since.

Controversy raged locally some years ago when the arrow, which is worth tens of thousands of pounds, was put up for auction in London. On finding this out, local people protested vehemently and it was withdrawn. Ownership of the arrow has been hotly contested ever since.

The play explores the controversial history surrounding the arrow and the fate of the last winner.

Blairgowrie Town Hall Sun 8th Oct 13.30-16.00 £10
(with seated afternoon tea)


Everyone attending an event must have a ticket.

Entry is by ticket only.

Booking for events on the weekend 6th - 8th October opens at 5pm on Saturday 24th June and closes on Thursday 5th October at 5pm.

Any tickets sold via the website after 11.30 am on Tuesday 3rd October will be kept for the buyer at the Blairgowrie Community Campus.

Tickets may be purchased at the door - subject to availability. We have a no refunds policy.

Doors open 15 minutes before the start of each event.

Please arrive in good time to be seated by the start time on your ticket. To avoid disruption, we do not admit latecomers.