The Jewel brings to life Jean Armour and Robert Burns’ dramatic courtship and their tempestuous marriage. With readings from her novel, Catherine Czerkawska will discuss the difficult and demanding research, the extraordinary discoveries, and why she came to appreciate Jean as much as the poet himself.
Burns’ best poetry was inspired by women. He was always falling in love, sometimes with disastrous consequences. His love poems are full of desire, tenderness and regret.
With Lady Joyce Caplan we follow his amours from youth to his final letter to his wife, and journey around the Scotland he loved
Explore the horror, romance, and darkness of Gothic tradition, through music and the spoken word. The journey takes us from the dark Scottish 'neuks' of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson, over windswept English moorland, across to foreboding labyrinths of old Germanic forests. The event features songs and music by Helen Clark, inspired by fiction from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Associated tales, readings and poems are delivered by master storyteller David Campbell.
Treasure hunt in the shop. Search the books for Book Week Scotland stickers. Any you find complete with stickers, you can take home.
Local writers with books published by small, independent companies, or those with self published books have been offered a room in a local hotel to promote and sell their books to the public and hotel guests. So far twelve authors have signed up for this with a variety of books on offer, including children's, fiction, non-fiction and anthologies
Kirkcaldy Teen Book Café hosts bestselling Young Adult author Melinda Salisbury! As a child, Melinda genuinely thought Roald Dahl's Matilda was about her. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers! What she does have in abundance is a rare and wonderful talent, not only for writing but also for speaking about creative writing. Melinda's enthusiasm is infectious as she describes her journey into writing and encourages other young people to tell their own stories.
Storyteller Daniel Allison will take you on a journey into the history of magic. Hear fantastical tales from all over the world, accompanied by magical music on the jaw harp, didgeridoo and more. This is a drop-in session with stories and music over 2 hours. Booking is not necessary.
This special event is part of Bookweek Scotland 2016.
Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) is an international network of sibling studios, with a presence in thirteen cities including New York, London, Rotterdam and now, Glasgow.
Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers they admire. They attend to the social life of the book. A laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.
Jill Mansell is a much loved British romance writer with more than 25 brilliant books. Last year, she launched Three Amazing Things About You, which was one of her best-loved books to date and this year she's making a splash with You and Me, Always. Discover what makes her tick, where her inspiration comes from and how she manages to write so many beloved characters at this welcoming event.
Indulge yourself in an afternoon of enjoyment and entertainment with bestselling author Jill Mansell as she shares her latest book You and Me, Always with us. Jill, who has written over 20 novels and who in 2015 received an outstanding achievement award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association has delighted readers with her feel good fiction and will be in with us for one day only. Don’t miss your chance to meet this talented bestselling author.