The Kirkcudbright Book Week Podcast

A podcast bringing you the best of the annual book week based in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland. Monday February 27 - Saturday March 4, 2023 The second Kirkcudbright Book Week is designed to showcase the developing literary scene in Kirkcudbright and the wider Dumfries and Galloway area.

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3 days ago

Thursday March 2 World  Book Day – Talk by Alan McClure Kirkcudbright Library  Daar Road Free event 7pm This event was fully booked
Alan is a writer, musician and primary school teacher based in Galloway. His first children’s novel, Callum and the Mountain, was shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize in 2016 and published by Beaten Track Press in 2019. The magical adventure for 8-12-year-olds draws on Celtic mythology and a love of the Scottish landscape and language. Alan will read extracts and discuss the inspiration behind the book, as well as encouraging the audience to share their own magical adventures.

3 days ago

The independence debate is the defining issue of our times in Scotland with huge implications not just for the people who live here, but the rest of the UK and internationally and in the recently-published Scotland Rising: The Case for Independence, academic and author Gerry Hassan explores where the debate is going. He explores both sides of the argument, examines the importance of culture, stories and collective voices in reshaping how people see Scotland and seeks out the thoughts of people who have historically haven’t voted or see themselves as don’t knows. Known through his work as Professor of Social Change at Glasgow Caledonian University and as a leading commentator on Scottish and Uolitics, Gerry is the author of a number of books, including The People’s Flag and the Union Jack and Caledonian Dreaming.

3 days ago

Wednesday March 1 Confessions of a Novice Motorcycle Guide Book Writer with J.G.Fergusson  Selkirk Arms High Street 2pm £5
J.G. Fergusson is a former BBC Scotland journalist/producer and author of several walking guides for the ‘Pocket Mountain’ series. Born in the Rhins of Galloway, and now living in Moffat, he has been riding motorbikes since the 1970s. A lifetime’s love of Scotland, her landscape, highways and history led to the publication of The Motorcyclist’s Guide to Scotland in 2018, a guide book aimed at bikers.
In this illustrated talk, he shares some of his amusing and alarming adventures and answers the question ‘what does it take to produce a successful guidebook?’
In JG Fergusson’s case, it took two years of research, countless hours on the road (and many more on the internet), help from friends, kindness from strangers, more midge bites than he cares to remember and a couple of near death experiences he’s trying hard to forget. The result has been widely praised, not only by motorcyclists but also by car drivers seeking to explore some of the less well known corners of the country. In this talk, the author shares his adventures on the road while researching the book –  from the hair raising to the humiliating – and provides an insight into the processes and pitfalls of publishing a book for the first time.   

Sunday Mar 12, 2023

A sell out evening at Broughton House with crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Robinson, Ann Bloxwich and John Dean as they explore the art of crime writing, illustrated through examples from their crime novels.

Sunday Mar 12, 2023

Tuesday February 28 Where Rivers Meet Join Hugh McMillan, Stuart Paterson, Clare Phillips and Nicola Black in an evening of poetry and song from four of the finest writers in contemporary Dumfries and Galloway.

Saturday Feb 18, 2023

Chris and Gerry chat to Ann Bloxwich about her passion for crime writing and how it all began managing a male strip show ! Ann is appearing at The Kirkcudbright Book festival on Monday 27th February at Broughton House.

Sunday Jan 29, 2023

Local farmer John tells Chris & Gerry a fascinating tale of following in the footsteps of his great great grandfather.
The book – On the Trail of a Broken Shoe – describes his ride on horseback following the route to Appin taken by south Ayrshireman John Kerr in 1811.

Sunday Jan 15, 2023

Chris Walker and Gerry Hassan chat with the renowned local poet and author. Life, Galloway tales, poems and the book week.

Meet Ian Robinson

Monday Dec 19, 2022

Monday Dec 19, 2022

Chris Walker and Gerry Hassan chat with acclaimed crime writer Ian Robinson who will be appearing at Kirkcudbright Book week in 2023

A chat with Gerry Hassan

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Gerry Hassan is the author of "Scotland Rising" The case of independence. Gerry now lives in Kirkcudbright and will be appearing at Book Week 2023 on 2nd March 2023 at The Garret Hotel at 11am - in this episode Chris Walker and John Dean Chat to Gerry about his life, music, politics and literature


Kirkcudbright Book Week

Kirkcudbright is “The Artists town” in the beautiful south west of Scotland, the region known as Dumfries and Galloway. Every year late February and early March the town plays host to a book week in conjunction with World Book Day. As well as many famous Artists residing in Kirkcudbright there is now a number of published writers living in and around Kirkcudbright. Book week features our local residential talent alongside some international writers who come to talk about their work and joy of writing. Our podcast will bring you the best of book week as it happens.

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