BOOKMARK Book Festival
Perthshire's Book Festival
BOOKMARK 2022 - Review
‘My favourite Festival’, ‘A splendid Festival’, ‘A jewel in the crown for Blairgowrie’, ‘a tremendous Festival’ ‘…a vintage year’
These are just a handful of the wonderful comments we received after our 10th anniversary Book Festival in October. If only we could re-run the whole weekend in its entirety! Those who had taken advantage of our great Weekend Pass enjoyed a wide-ranging mix of sessions that introduced them to new writers as well as re-connecting with the well-known.
The stunning wildlife photography of Neil McIntyre, brought to an even higher resolution on the big screen, was one of the stand-out events. But it’s impossible to choose a favourite: crime novelists Lin Anderson, Hania Allen and Chris Brookmyre were so entertaining and amusing, Lachlan Goudie and Alice Strang so enthusiastic and involving with Scottish Art, Rosemary Goring, Clare Hunter and Joyce Caplan so enthralling about Mary Queen of Scots…
Added to the mix were engrossing conversations with Simon Conway and international espionage; stories of the Cairngorms with Merryn Glover; a heart-stopping short play Jock’s Jocks by Gary West (and featuring his talented actor/musician son Charlie, and wonderful singing by Scott) and a stunning and emotional music finale by Gareth Williams and his two exceptional string players with ‘Songs from the Last Page’.
Mili Drover won this year’s Christine Findlay Prize, run with Blairgowrie High School and their English Department led by Suzanne Graham. Thanks also to Ocean Anton who designed this year’s cover. Our Book of the Year is Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig – congratulations! (Blairgowrie Library has copies of all the books on that shortlist.)
Our Authors in Schools events (run by Jen Geddes, Jacqui Rutherford and Linda Clark) has gone to Coupar Angus and Burrelton this year and has been a great success in those schools – reading, writing, drama, storytelling have gripped the imaginations of the children!
Our last event of the year is on November 11th at 7 pm, St Catharine's Blairgowrie. Jim Mackintosh brings an intriguing celebration of Hamish Henderson - The Banes o the Turas is ‘an owersettin in Scots o the poems bi Pino Mereu screivit in tribute tae Hamish Henderson’ Pino will be there too! Ticket information will appear here, shortly.
Next year’s BOOKMARK Festival will be on 7-8 October 2023 and we already have a few terrific events booked in for another unmissable line-up!
With thanks to ALL of our excellent sponsors; PKC, Lyon&Turnbull, the Findlay Family, Hodge Solicitors, Castle Water, A Proctor Group Ltd – your support and encouragement is deeply appreciated. We also thank Sarah Cave for her lovely silver bookmark prize to our Book of the Year winner; to Adventure into Books for setting up a first-class bookshop; Nethergate Writers, Dundee; Maurice Millar, author of The Missing Colourist; staff at the Community Campus; Procaffeinate for their excellent on-site catering; Ivybank Lodge and Heathpark House for their excellent hospitality; the Copy Shop for all our printing; Blairgowrie Library; and to those who provided goodies for our welcome bags to writers and interviewers, including Eileen Clason. To provide a high-quality Festival that benefits Blairgowrie and brings such pleasure to all who attend requires commitment, enthusiasm and hard work – so my final thanks go to the Committee and our Volunteers who allow this to happen.
Kate's reading selection for October 2022
BOOKMARK established in 2012, has developed a reputation for being a friendly, well organised Book Festival which offers a wide range of events to suit all interests.