The Pitlochry Winter Words Festival 2014, part II

The Pitlochry Winter Words Festival 2014, part II

Friday 21 February

Glory-and-HonourTo kick off the final weekend of the Winter Words Festival our very own Andrea Thomas, lecturer, teacher and writer, will be talking about the Renaissance in Scotland and her book Glory and Honour.

Andy Hall returns to Winter Words with a stunning display of Still-Light-by-Andy-Hallphotography inspired by some of Scotland’s most respected writers: Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Liz Lochhead and John Burnside.

Glen-LyonFriday’s Literary Lunch is with Kenneth Steven, author of Glen Lyon. His book tackles the tough subjects of abuse, violence and love.

Hear Lesley McDowell discuss her book, Unfashioned Creatures – a Gothic tale of madness, sexual obsession and murderous desires – and listen to two talented actors read extracts that will bring Lesley’s book thrillingly to life!

In one of the finest pop memoirs in recent times, Bedsit Disco Queen, Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl tells of her time as a famous musician, her life out of the limelight and how writing the book gave her a taste for songwriting once again.

Join Mike McCartney – younger brother of Paul – for a nostalgic and hilarious trip in words and photos through his life, from the 1940s to the White House, all recounted with the sharpest of Liverpool wit. Mike will delight and entertain you with his wonderful tales and images.

Saturday 22 February

Ajay Close and Sue Peebles are both award-winning novelists, but is that where the similarity between their work ends? In a word, no. The connections and echoes between their new novels – Trust and Snake Road – will be examined and discussed at this event, chaired by Zoe Venditozzi.

Great-Tapestry-HbkThe Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the country’s biggest ever community art projects. For over two years, more than 1,000 stitchers have been embroidering the world’s longest tapestry, which depicts the entire story of Scotland’s history. Lead stitcher Dorie Wilkie will be joined in conversation by our Managing Director Hugh Andrew to discuss the work involved and how the 147 metres of tapestry was created by people all over Scotland.

The last Literary Lunch of this year’s festival is with Lynne McGeachie. She will be talking about Beatrix Potter’s Scotland: Her Perthshire Inspiration. This book reveals how Beatrix Potter fell in love with the Perthshire countryside, where she spent many summers, and how this helped her to create the characters, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Jeremy Fisher among others. Beatrix Potter’s Scotland provides a rare insight into the life of one of the best-loved writers in Britain. Based upon Potter’s own journal, the book goes into detail about the author’s upbringing and influences.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest draws this weekend will be Sally Magnusson as she talks about her book Where Memories Go: Living With Dementia. BBC broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson and her two sisters cared for their mother, Mamie, during her long struggle with dementia until her death in 2012. ‘This is simply beautiful, honest, piercingly intelligent, page-turning and written from the heart,’  said author, historian and broadcaster Alistair Moffat. Couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

And to end this year’s festival, Winter Words gives you An Evening with Neil Oliver. This time, Neil will be sharing his experiences in the making of the recent BBC TV series (and subsequent book), Vikings: A History. Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. Drawing on discoveries that have only recently been made, Neil goes on the trail of the real Vikings. This will be a fascinating evening in the company of one of country’s most engaging and inspiring broadcasters.

For more information, please visit the Pitlochry Winter Words 2014 website.

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