The countdown is on for book lovers across Scotland as New Lanark World Heritage Site prepares to host its very own Book Festival from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October 2015!
World renowned for its stunning location and historical importance, New Lanark will be welcoming over 20 well-known authors to speak at the 4-day event including acclaimed Scottish Food writer Catherine Brown and award winning drinks journalist and author Tom Bruce-Gardyne.
There’s something to suit all literary tastes and it’s no surprise that the food and drink events caught my eye.
Making Better out of Good: Scotland’s Changing Food Culture
Saturday 3rd October – 12.30 – 1.30pm
How local foods and national traditions are inspiring both home cooks and professionals to make better out of good. A talk and tasting event with Catherine Brown who became well known for her food columns in The Herald and as a presenter of STV and Grampian’s Scotland’s Larder. In 2001 she was the Guild of Food Writers’ Food Journalist of the Year and a 4th, updated edition of her classic Scottish Cookery was published in 2013. In March this year, The Saltire Society published Making Better out of Good: Scotland’s National Food and Drink, her personal view of Scotland’s changing food culture.
The Scotch Whisky Treasures: A journey of discovery into the world’s noblest spirit
Saturday 3rd October – 2-3pm
“Whisky or uisge beatha – Scottish Gaelic for “the water of life” – remains one of the world’s most popular spirits and Scotch is the most famous and recognisable version. The Scotch Whisky Treasures is a celebration of whisky-drinking and Scotland, covering every facet, from the distilling process to guided tours of the best-loved distilleries of the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands. Beautifully illustrated and containing 20 pieces of removable memorabilia, you will be able to hold items of Scotch whisky history in your hands, including letters, posters, licences and advertising art. Tom Bruce-Gardyne is an award-winning drinks journalist and author with a passion for Scotch whisky and a fondness for his adopted city of Edinburgh. He is a regular columnist for the Herald, and his books include The Scotch Whisky Book and The Deuchars Guide to Edinburgh Pubs. Tom is also a Master of the Quaich.”
The Book Festival will run on Thursday & Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of reasonably priced ticket options available including a ‘4-day pass’ and individual author session tickets starting at just £4 for concessions.
All sessions will take within one of the famous world heritage site’s most iconic buildings, the Institute for the Formation of Character, which will be celebrating its bicentenary in 2016.
Visitors who attend New Lanark’s Book Festival can also receive 25% off Visitor Centre tickets, giving them the perfect chance to make the most of their visit & learn about the history of New Lanark with the Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Working textile machinery, Historic Housing exhibits, Clearburn Picnic & Play Area & lots more.
The full programme for the Book Festival, along with ticket details can be found at www.newlanark.org. Subject to availability, tickets will also be available to purchase ‘on the door’ of the event.