Download the full programme here. (Note: this file still mentions Louise Welsh and Rodge Glass, who are unable to appear. The information below is up to date.)
Friday November 2nd
7.30 pm The prolific Iain (M) Banks will be talking about his two novels published this year: Stonemouth, a coming of age tale set in the north east, and The Hydrogen Sonata, the tenth book in the Culture series. Ken MacLeod‘s Intrusion is a dystopian vision of a near future Britain where mothers to be are compelled to take a drug that eliminates genetic defects in the unborn. £8 Sponsored by Palimpsest Book Production.
Saturday November 3rd
11.00 am – 1.00 pm Poetry Workshop Join Linlithgow-based poet and experienced tutor Andrew Philip in the peaceful surroundings of Burgh Beautiful’s horticultural workspace at Clarendon to explore and write portrait poems. Bring pen, paper and a willingness to be nudged supportively in new directions! £12
10.30 am Trevor Royle With In A Time of Tyrants: Scotland and the Second World War, one of our most distinguished historians examines Scotland’s role in the war and how that formed the nation we live in today. £8*
12.00 The Festival is very proud to welcome former Chancellor Alistair Darling MP to discuss his account of the banking crisis, Back from the Brink, the future of the British economy and Scotland’s place in the world. £10* Sponsored by JMK Printers.
*Ticket for both events at Linlithgow Academy: £15
2.00 pm Written in Linlithgow: Roddy Simpson on The Photography of Victorian Scotland, Peter Anderson on The Stewart Earls of Orkney and Chris Mylne with Foula: The time of my life. £5
We regret that Louise Welsh is unable to appear.
3.00 pm Liz Lochhead Scotland’s Makar is one of our most important writers of the last thirty years. She will discuss her work with Linlithgow poet Andrew Philip and read from her recently published selection A Choosing. We are delighted that Liz has also agreed to award the prizes for the 2012 LBF/ Grange Rotary Writing Competition for S1 and S2 on the theme of ‘Writing and me’ £8 Sponsored by Far from the Madding Crowd.
4.00 pm Willie McIntyre, criminal lawyer and Black Bitch, writes about what he knows: the law and Linlithgow. His fictional Scots criminal defence lawyer Robbie Munro heads up a Linlithgow law firm. Assisted by a keen, if inconveniently ethical, legal trainee and a formidable secretary, Robbie joins battle in the fight for truth and justice – hoping truth and justice don’t win too often because it’s terribly bad for business.
Robbie’s exploits are published exclusively as ebooks, and Willie will be joined by Tom Whitehead of Livingston e-publisher The Book Sanctuary to discuss this increasingly popular phenomenon. £5
7.30 pm A Night in the Gutter Gutter is Scotland’s most vibrant magazine of new writing. We are delighted to bring you an evening of fresh, exciting poetry and fiction from authors who have appeared in this ground-source heat pump of Scottish literature. With Brian McCabe, Pippa Goldschmidt, Elizabeth Reeder and Andrew Philip. Music from Holm. £5
Rodge Glass is unable to read due to ill health.
9.00 pm Open Mike Linlithgow Book Festival’s open mike has established itself as a place for new and aspiring writers to be seen and heard. Come to road test your new poems/short stories. Come just to drink in the atmosphere and enjoy the writing. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reading slot. Music from Holm. FREE
All reading slots have now been taken. Reserve list only.
Sunday November 4th
2.00 pm Tea with Alexander McCall Smith Join Alexander McCall Smith for afternoon tea as he introduces some of his best loved characters. Music will be provided by members of the Really Terrible Orchestra and the afternoon is chaired by David Robinson, Books Editor of The Scotsman. SOLD OUT
Special all-weekend ticket giving access to all sessions except the poetry workshop on 3 November: £50