Mary Irvine’s blog: West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019
West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019
What a busy week! Monday kicked off with a very icy drive out to the Cove and Kilgreggan Literary Society who had kindly invited me to talk about my life in Greece and how it influenced my writing. I illustrated the talk with a slide show which I must improve! Everyone was very welcoming and I enjoyed the evening. The audience did too, I believe.
Wednesday was the Alexandria Library which was hosting local lad, Paul Murdoch. Paul gave a power point presentation of his latest book ‘Old Bloke Goes Running’ which I have already reviewed. A humorous/serious account of getting fit for the more mature person. Paul always relates well to his audience and this was no exception. www.paulmurdoch.co.uk
Thursday morning was a ‘Meet the Author Event’ at the Fruin Farm’ . Graham Morgan was talking about his book ‘Start’ in conversation with Robin Lloyd-Jones. Graham has the most wonderful speaking voice and his readings entranced everyone present. The book is a beautifully written, honest, account of how people with a mental illness can, and do, live productive lives in the community. It is, perhaps surprisingly, a cheerful book. For support or information Graham can be emailed on Graham.Morgan@mwcscot.org.uk
Thursday evening was Malachy Tallack being interviewed by Donny O’Rourke about Malachy’s first venture into fiction with ‘The Valley at the Centre of the World’ – (Longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, Shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize). I had previously heard Malachy talk about ‘the Undiscovered Islands. And ‘Sixty Degrees North’ so knew Malachy spoke and read well. He and Donny, both eloquent speakers, gave a truly literary evening. I look forward to reading this book about a small community on Shetland.
Friday was Kerry Hudson at the Dumbarton Library. Interviewed by Allan Gordon Kerry spoke about her latest book, ‘Lowborn’. This is her first non-fiction book, following the success of two fiction novels. Often alluding to unpleasant, sometimes horrendous, events in her childhood Kerry did quite clearly demonstrate that such events can be overcome with the help of sympathetic, caring and positive people.
Thanks are due to Allan Gordon and all at West Dunbartonshire libraries for another successful Book week. I would also like to thank all those people who support me in my efforts to promote the literary talent in the area.
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- Aye Write 2021 – Pre-Festival Event
- Mongrel: Donna Campbell debut poetry collection
- World Book Night with Denise Mina
- A WORKING CLASS STATE OF MIND by Colin Burnett
- Wee Nature Fest – Islands of Abandonment
- Sheena Blackhall – Meet the Author
- Slow Nature – Woodlands Community Booklet Launch
- Open The Door Festival 2021 – Scottsh Women’s Writing
- A Year of Workers’ Stories
- Douglas Stuart & Jackie Kay: Shuggie Bain
- Creative Conversations: Lisa Robertson
- At Home Artist’s Talk: GOMA
- Balloch Open Mic: Multi-talented Moira McPartlin
- Poetry – Rizwan Akhtar – jeton d’amour
- Creative Conversations: Shola Von Reinhold
- St Patrick’s Day Special: The Great Irish Songbook
- New Writers Showcase 2020 Scottish Book Trust
- Creative Conversations: Kirstin Innes
- Wild Women International Womens Day 2021
- International Women’s Day – Virtual Book Club