Ian Campbell retired from the chair of Scottish and Victorian Literature at the University of Edinburgh, where he remains Emeritus Professor and Teaching Fellow. There are innumerable ways of writing and of awarding prizes. Above all, fairness matters. Saltire Prize judging has given Ian years of experience and perspective.
Well known author and storyteller Jess Smith makes a welcome return to Oban for a very special evening. Free buffet.
Chris Brookmyre became a full-time novelist on publishing ‘Quite Ugly One Morning’, which established him as one of Britain's leading crime novelists. He recently won the McIlvanney Prize for “Black Widow”, which tackles contemporary issues such as everyday sexism, hacking and social media trolls.
Dads David and Thomas enjoyed playing and learning with their children, and loved music. They looked into whether there were groups for dads, and could not find any locally. Dads Rock was born! A high energy rocking half hour for parents and children to listen to stories and sing songs. Dads Rock will have fun!
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
Join in with others in a sing a long guaranteed to jog your memory.
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.
Enjoy half an hour of creative movement and play based on your favourite story books. For age 1 - 3 year and grown-ups
We have a very special Harry Potter book in the museum. To help celebrate we've invited puppeteer and storyteller Ailie Finlay to tell some magical folktales. After the stories make your very own puppet witch, wizard, elf or made-up magical being. You will then get the chance to play some games and do some role-playing with the puppets. Lots of sparkly fabric, bright wool, ribbons and fun! To book this session, contact the museum reception on 0131 529 4901. This special event is part of Bookweek Scotland 2016.
Trading Stories is a research project drawing on memory and the archives, working with the local Barras community, across generations, to record stories of historical and contemporary moments in The Barras. The project focuses on storytelling and the importance of recording oral histories and short term creative interventions that unlike permanent artworks are in danger of being forgotten.