Tidelines Book Festival 2018, Irvine, Scotland

27 – 30 September,2018


Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour Street, Irvine, KA12 8PZ

After a very successful festival in 2017 – Tidelines is all set to go again in 2018 with an amazing line up of authors covering a wide range of genres and events including writing workshops.

A Taste of Tidelines

Full Programme

Graeme Macrae Burnet – The Accident on the A35

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Saturday Sep 29 2018 – 7:00 PM


Kilmarnock-born Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents who will be appearing at Tidelines for the first time. His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a minor cult hit. His second novel, His Bloody Project, published in nineteen countries around the world, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Awards 2017.

The Accident on the A35 is a darkly humorous and sophisticated literary mystery, exploring the forgotten corners of small-town life.

Book tickets

Box office on 01294 27405

Janice Galloway – There’s something about Muriel: The Genius of Mrs Spark

Janice Galloway talks about the work, wit and no-nonsense style of one of Scotland’s most original writers, in an event suitable for both fans of Muriel Spark and for those unfamiliar with her work alike. This event is part of Muriel Spark 100 centenary programme. More information at www.murielspark100.com

Saturday 29 September, 2018 – 8.30-9.30pm

 Harbour Arts Centre – £8

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059  or  book online 

Cameron McNeish – There’s Always the Hills

Cameron McNeish is an established figure on the Scottish and British outdoor scene. Join Cameron for an evening of outdoor appreciation and anecdotes as he candidly recalls the ups and downs of a full life, much of it in the public eye, much of it until now unseen.

Friday 28 September, 2018 – 8.00-9pm

Sponsored by Air Na Creagan Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club.

Harbour Arts Centre – £8

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059  or  book online 

Erlend Clouston – Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s extraordinary journey from flaneur to the RBS fiver

Erlend Clouston worked for the Guardian for 19 years. He knew Nan Shepherd for the first three decades of his life, and the last three of hers.

He takes a sideways look at the life, career and influences of this extraordinary writer. This event was an Edinburgh Book Festival sell-out.

Saturday September 29 2018 – 3:30 PM


Book tickets

Helen Bellany – The Restless Wave

Helen Bellany was partner and muse of the critically acclaimed artist, John Bellany. An artist in her own right, she and John were married twice and had three children together.The Restless Wave, gives a candid insight into their marriage, their loss to one another, their second marriage and their life together to the end.

John Bellany’s painting The Dawn Pearl at Port Seton Harbour is currently on display at the Scottish Maritime Museum as part of the exhibition Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation.

Saturday 29 September, 2018 –


Maritime Museum- £10 (incl. entry to Scottish Maritime Museum)

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059  or  book online 

Voices from the Jungle: Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp

Calais refugees tell powerful stories of childhood dreams; genocides, wars, and persecution; the terror and strengths of their extraordinary journeys; the realities of the Calais camp and their hopes for the future. Join Majid Adin, one of the authors, who will tell his story, and reflect on his experiences. Corinne Squire, a co-editor, will describe the complexity of producing the book and will read extracts from other contributors in what promises to be an interesting and thought provoking event.

Saturday 29 September, 2018 – 4.00-5pm

Harbour Arts Centre – £6

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059  or  book online

Alex Gray – Appearance and Reality: a crime writer investigates

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as an English teacher.

A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl and Keep the Midnight Out. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland,

30 September, 2018 – 3.30-4.30pm 

Harbour Arts Centre – £6

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059  or  book online 

Douglas Skelton book launch – The Janus Run

Scottish author Douglas Skelton’s launch of his latest novel The Janus Run.  Douglas has written 11 true crime and Scottish criminal history books but is now concentrating on fiction.

The Janus Run is a New York-set thriller described as ‘Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos’.

30 September, 2018 – 6.30-7pm

Harbour Arts Centre – free

Tickets available from the HAC box office on 01294 274059

Other Events include:

Writing Workshop with Fiona Gibson

Pitch and Punt Workshop for New Writers

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