5 picks from Dundee Literary Festival

James Adair and Ben Stenning
Category: Reading

Another month, another Scottish book festival. This weekend it's the turn of Dundee to get its Literary Festival on, and it looks like being a great few days - you can check out the full programme on their website here. If you need some inspiration, or are just curious for a bit more detail, here are our picks for a handful of great highlights.




James Adair, Rowing Across the Indian Ocean

5pm, 24 Oct

Fact: fewer people have rowed across the Indian Ocean than have walked on the moon. So of course, after a boozy lunch flatmates James Adair and Ben Stenning (pictured) decided that’s what they should do. Adair will detail the adventure that ensued – with pictures! – at this event, based around his book Rowing After the White Whale.


A L Kennedy, On Writing

12 noon, 25 Oct

Witty, opinionated and prolific, AL Kennedy certainly knows a thing or three about writing. Her new book gathers together pieces on writing from her regular Guardian column, making this event a must for writers and writing enthusiasts.


Songs in the Key of Fife, Vic Galloway with special guest The Pictish Trail

8.30pm, 25 Oct 

Vic Galloway is one of the key names in Scottish music broadcasting and journalism, and no-one is better-placed to chronicle the quiet musical revolution that has unfolded over the past 20 years in the East Neuk of Fife. What is it about this little place that has produced the unique and world-travelling sounds of The Beta Band, KT Tunstal, James Yorkston, King Creosote and more? While Galloway presents his findings, special guest The Pictish Trail will put the theory into practice with a live performance.


John Fardell, Boy-Eating Monsters, Diabolical Baddies, Eccentric Professors and High-Flying Jellyfish

10am, 27 Oct

Scottish Children’s Book Award winner John Fardell is a master of humorous illustration and inventive storytelling, so this event, featuring a special behind-the-scenes look at his creative process, promises to be huge fun for kids and adults alike. If you want a taster of his style, check out our video of John reading his contemporary children’s classic The Day Louis Got Eaten.


Patrick Ness, More Than This

11am, 27 Oct

Patrick Ness is so hot right now. Showered in awards for his brilliant Chaos Walking trilogy (the first part of which is currently being adapted for film by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman), he has had a busy year already with the publication of his first novel for adults, The Crane Wife. His new novel More Than This finds him back in YA territory tackling customarily big themes, with a story of the life – or afterlife? – of a lost teenager. File under unmissable.


Are you going to the Dundee Literary Festival? Let us know your highlights in the comments below!

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