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2019 Festival Programme announced

The Colonsay Book Festival is delighted to announce the event programme for its 2019 Festival. With a strong island focus, this year’s event features an award-winning range of writers and authors who bring stories from the heart and the edge of Scotland to our festival weekend of 27th & 28th April.


On Saturday, Clare Hunter will be in conversation about Threads of Life, on the social, emotional and political significance of sewing and how people have used it as a language to tell and conserve their stories; poet Jen Hadfield will read new and old work from BYssus and Nigh-No-Place that explores the natural world and ideas of home with passionate intensity; Ann Cleeves will be in conversation about her series of Shetland novels, the last of which - Wild Fire – was published in 2018, as well as her continuing series of Vera Stanhope novels; the day will then round off with Colonsay's (in)famous Literary Pub Quiz...


On Sunday, we start the day with an informal session in which Tom Morton reflects on life as a writer and broadcaster based in a remote corner of Shetland. Then, in the afternoon, Robin A Crawford will be discussing and reading from Into the Peatlands; Sarah Maine will be in conversation about character and the power of place, with readings from The House Between Tides and Women of the Dunes; and James & Tom Morton will entertain with stories, readings and a few songs/poems about Shetland, along with some father/son quarrelling/banter (and possibly a bit of cooking… ).




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