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Written by on 01/10/2015


What is normally known as an outdoor weekend the first weekend of October this year now has an alternative to the events we usually associate with Cowalfest, hosted by Dunoon Presents           the Dunoon Book Festival is a three day event with nearly twenty names from the world of literature, authors, playwrights, poets, illustrators and storytellers will be appearing at venues around the town at individually priced admission.

On the eve of the event it has just been announced that Dunoon Book Festival has just launched a special ‘Book Festival Pass’ available for just £9. Meaning that for the equivalent price of just three events, you can now take in as many as you like as you wander around the town, from Friday 2  Tickets and more information are available from Bookpoint (01369 702377)  or the Burgh Hall Pop-up Shop.
Friday 2nd October 2015
MAIRI HEDDERWICK – Creating Katie Morag
4.00pm | The Studio Cinema | £3
Mairi Hedderwicks born in Gourock and know for popular character, Katie Morag, Katie was created in 1984. Katie Morag’s home on the fictional island of Struay, is not a million miles from the authors’ life long association with the Isle of Coll. Mairi was awarded an honory degree from the University of Stirling in recognition of her outstanding contribution to writing and illustrating in Scotland.

LISA BALLANTYNE – Talk about her latest book ‘Redemption Road’
6.00pm | Bookpoint | £3
Scottish author, Lisa Ballantyne’s debut THE GUILTY ONE, about a child on trial for murder, was translated into nearly 30 languages and shortlisted for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Her new novel, REDEMPTION ROAD also explores the theme of nature and nurture. Lisa will talk about both her novels and the questions raised: the potential for change in an individual, and whether or not we can truly escape our pasts.

DAVID MUNRO – Time Jigsaw and Time Jigsaw Deliverance
6.00pm | The Braes | £3
David has two published books, Time Jigsaw, and recently released Time Jigsaw Deliverance. His latest book is set in the depression of the 1930s, as a desperate woman returns to her native Scotland from the U.S.A.

MAIRI HEDDERWICK – Journeys with paint and paintbox in the Highlands & Islands
7.15pm | Burgh Hall Pop Up Shop | £5
Mairi Hedderwick, a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, has written and illustrated many books for adults and children with the backdrop of the highlands and islands of Scotland. This evening she talks of her books based on her travels, both by boat and land, An Eye on the Hebrides. Highland Journey, and Sea Change, as well as her latest book Shetland Rambles, all of which beautifully depict her love for the west coast, highlands and islands.

LIZ LOCHHEAD – In conversation with Michael Russell
8.30pm | The Studio Cinema (small auditorium) | £5
Liz Lochhead is one of the UK’s foremost performers, poets and playwrights. Her career has spanned 4 decades, from her first collection of poety, Memo for Spring (1972), which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, to the collection Five Plays published in 2012. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The Saltire Society’s Book of the Year Award, for the publication of her play MEDEA. Following the death of Edwin Morgan, she was created Scots Makar in 2011.