tidelines 2019

Irvine Harbourside 26 – 29 September, 2019

Harbour Arts Centre
114-116 Harbour Street
Irvine, KA12 8PZ
01294 274 059

Great Writers Making Waves

Tidelines aims to bring a book festival to the Firth of Clyde which caters for various literary tastes and for all age groups.  The festival is planned and organised by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.

‘This is a cultural festival with a local flavour — a feast for the heart and the mind. As Patron, it makes me proud to see the area I grew up in celebrate great writing in such style. Join in, book your seats, and I look forward to seeing you at our own, homegrown bookfest.’
Andrew O’Hagan,  Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Patron of Tidelines Book Festival

Some of Tidelines Book Festival’s  Exciting Events

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Thursday 26 September, 2019

Tidelines Goes Trad

Foot-stomping Trad Gaelic/Scots music

Featuring Ewen Henderson & Gary Innes

Following the sell-out success of our trad music opening night in 2018, Tidelines brings you a very special evening of foot-stomping, heart-swelling music in Gaelic and Scots, to celebrate the opening of Tidelines Book Festival 2019. With a line-up created especially for us by Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, Gary Innes, and featuring Ewen Henderson – lead singer with Scottish super-group Manran – this is a night not to be missed.

Às dèidh oidhche cheòlach air leth soirbheachail aig toiseach fèis nan leabhraichean an-uiridh, bidh cothrom agaibh pàirt a ghabhail ann am feasgar sònraichte is gluasadach aig toiseach Tidelines Book Festival 2019, far am bi tòrr ciùil Ghàidhlig is Albannach. Tha Gary Innes, a bhuannaich ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ aig Na Trads, air na ceòladairean a chur air chois air ar son. A bharrachd air sin, bidh Ewen Henderson, seinneadair le Mànran, am measg nan cluicheadairean. Dèanaibh cinnteach gum bi sibh ann!

Sponsored by North Ayrshire Council
7.30- 9.30pm at the Harbour Arts Centre – £10/£8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Friday 27 September, 2019

Sean Murphy – Gin Galore

Come and enjoy a relaxed and informative gin tasting and Q&A session with Gin Galore author, Sean Murphy, as he guides you through the wonderfully complex world of Scotland’s gins and the people who make them.

6.00-7pm at Puffers Cafe -£10 (incl. gin tasting) –  over 18s only

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online   

Alan Brown – Overlander: A Bikepacking Pilgrimage 

Seeking a temporary escape from city life and a mad modern world, Director of Bike Station, Alan Brown, undertakes an epic coast-to-coast trip through the wild and lonely interior of the Highlands. ‘Overlander cheerfully debunks much of the off-putting preciousness of the hardcore cycling fraternity to return cross country cycling to what it should be – a slightly planned but mostly spontaneous and giddily exciting way to rediscover Scotland’ (Lesley Riddoch)

6.30-7.30pm at Harbour Arts Centre -£6

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Helen Fitzgerald and Doug Johnstone

Helen Fitzgerald, author of BBC drama The Cry, presents her new novel, Worst Case Scenario, a delicious dark and humorous psychological thriller about a Glasgow probation officer dispensing her own brand of justice. Joining her is best-selling Scottish crime writer – and drummer with Fun Lovin Crime Writers – Doug Johnstone, with Breakers, an extraordinary book that manages to be both a tense psychological thriller and a deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family.

8.00-9pm at HAC – £8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre  box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Saturday 28 September, 2019

Pop-up Book Launch with Theresa Talbot

In a Tidelines special, BBC Radio Scotland presenter and author, Theresa Talbot, gives a sneak pre-publication preview of her new novel, The Quiet Ones, a psychological drama that will form the final part of her Oonagh O’Neil Trilogy.(please note that as this is a pre-publication event, the book will only be available in download format).

4.15-4.45pm at Harbour Arts Centre- FREE (Ticketed- only available at the HAC)


A Celebration of Scots with Anne Donovan

Tidelines is delighted to welcome award-winning author Anne Donovan, in a special event to mark the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Join the author of Buddha DaBeing Emily and Gone Are The Leaves and the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and other Stories, as she reads and talks about her incredible work. Anne will also be joined by Ayrshire authors reading from their own work in Scots.

Sponsored by North Ayrshire Council.

3.00-4pm at Harbour Arts Centre- £8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Moxie Creative Kids – Gruffalo Early Years Storytelling session

“Oh help, oh no… it’s a Gruffalo!” A story-telling session for 3-5 year olds with drama, music and games.

Must be accompanied.  

10.00 -11.00am and 11.15am – 12.15pm at Harbour Arts Centre – £5 per child /£12 for 3 children (min 1 adult). Bring your adult for free.

Tickets only available at the Harbour Arts Centre

Karen Campbell – The Sound of the Hours

Karen Campbell introduces her new novel about identity, conflict and love, set during World War Two in Italy’s most Scottish town, Barga. As Germans occupy the mountains and US Buffalo soldiers draw near, loyalties are torn – should Vittoria side with her Scots-Italian father, or her Fascist mother? Choose Mussolini, or her King? In the chaos, she encounters Frank, a black American soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, a man unlike any Vittoria has ever met before.

7.00-8pm at Harbour Arts Centre – £8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Sunday 29 September, 2019

Moxie Creative Kids – Matilda Story-telling and Drama Workshop

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”

Matilda themed drama workshop filled with storytelling, impro, comedy and music!

Suitable for 6-10 years.

10am -11am and 11.15am – 12.15pm at Harbour Arts Centre – £5 per child, Tidelines Special: £12 for 3 children.

Tickets only available at the Harbour Arts Centre  


Amanda Thomson – A Scots Dictionary of Nature

Scotland is a nation of dramatic weather and breathtaking landscapes, giving rise to a rich and unique language of description, shaped by the environment itself. Artist Amanda Thomson has mined 19th-century Scots dictionaries and brought together words from this deeply expressive language that risk falling out of use.

Your ticket to this event includes the opportunity to join a 45 min guided walk on Irvine Harbourside to see the waders and wildfowl around the confluence of the Garnock and Irvine rivers, led by Andy Shand from the North Ayrshire RSPB group. Places limited, booking essential. Bring binoculars if you have them, children must be accompanied. In case of bad weather, an illustrated talk will be given in the HAC.

1.30-2.30pm at HAC – £6 (incl optional RSPB nature walk)

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Denise Mina – Conviction

Denise Mina brings her much anticipated new novel, Conviction, to Tidelines. Betrayed and abandoned by her husband and her best friend, Anna McDonald turns to a true-crime podcast for distraction, unwittingly setting her past and present lives on a collision course and sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall. A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you’ll devour Conviction (Erin Kelly).

6.30-7.30pm at Harbour Arts Centre – £8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Lilja Sigurdardóttir – Icelandic Noir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an award-winning, best-selling crime writer whose novels have been translated to 35 languages. Her latest novel, The Absolution is the third in her Huldar and Freyja series and explores the dark side of social media. In a Tidelines exclusive, Yrsa will be joined by fellow award-winning Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, with her new novel Cage, the thrilling conclusion to her Reykjavik Noir trilogy. Although not due for UK publication until October 2019, advance copies of Cage will be available to purchase at this event, courtesy of Orenda Publishing.

Sponsored by Tidelines audience ‘chuck-it-in-the-bucket’ donations

8.00-9pm at Harbour Arts Centre – £8

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre box office on 01294 274059  or  book online    

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