Further From 2018

  • Harry Potter Party: SOLD OUT

    This event is now SOLD OUT.

    If you are interested in being added to a waiting list for returns, please email sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk

    Many thanks!

  • Charles Maclean Taster

    A wee taster of Master of the Quaich, Charlies Maclean, who will be kicking off our Further From Festival on Friday 2nd of February!

    Come nestle in the cosy confines of The Four Marys pub where Charlie will explain all about the properties to look for in different whiskies, and even have a tasting session of selected whiskies - all included in the ticket price!

  • Appointment in Arezzo - BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

    Less than a month to go until our Further From Festival and one of the authors who will be joining us is Alan Taylor to discuss his book, Appointment in Arezzo.

    Appointment in Arezzo, which details Alan's time spent in Italy with the great Muriel Spark and the friendship that ensued, was chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week last week. A fantastic glimpse at one of the twentith centuries best authors, the link to listen on Radio 4, and whet your appetite for what promises to be a fascinating event, can be found here

  • Gill Sims event: SOLD OUT

    This event is now SOLD OUT.

    If you would like to add your name to a waiting list for returns, please email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk
    Similarly, if you have tickets and can no longer attend, please email to let us know!

    If you have tickets reserved, we will hold them for one week and then release them back for sale. To pay for the tickets, you can pop into the shop or phone 01506 845509 during business hours and pay over the phone.

    Due to the large demand for this event, Gill Sims has been kind enough to agree to return to Linlithgow later in 2018 for a bigger event - we'll release the details as soon as we have everything organised, but it will be a lot of fun, so watch this space!

  • Programme information for the Further From Festival 2018!


    The Further From Festival is now entering its third year and we think the line-up is better than ever!

    This year for the first time a blogger, a Master of the Quaich and live owls will feature. We also welcome back Jim Crumley for the hugely popular natural history slot, this year he is joined by Gavin Francis – explorer of the natural world as well as the human body. In addition, we have a session on Robert Louis Stevenson’s lasting influence on other writers and journalist Alan Taylor will be discussing his friendship with Muriel Spark in what would have been her centenary year. To top it all off we have a unique musical collaboration with Ten Writers Telling Lies and a Harry Potter Party: something for everyone!

    The festival is expanding and will now take place in three venues across Linlithgow: Queen Margaret Hall, The Four Marys Pub and the Linlithgow Canal Tea Rooms. 

    Weekend and day passes are available.






    Charles MacLean is regarded as an international authority on Scotch Whisky, described by The Times as Scotland’s leading whisky expert. He has been writing about whisky since 1983 and his best-selling books include MacLean’s Whisky Miscellany, Spirit of Place, Whiskypedia, 30-Second Whisky and Scotland’s Secret History.

    Join us in the cosy confines of The Four Marys Pub in the heart of Linlithgow’s High Street for an unforgettable evening as Charles explains the properties to look for in different whiskies and shows why he was elected to the whisky industry’s highest honour, Master of the Quaich.

    Selected whiskies for the tasting included in the ticket price.



    Natural Lives




    We are delighted to welcome back old friend of the festival, Jim Crumley, The Nature of Autumn, Nature’s Architect, in the hugely popular natural history slot. Jim’s new book, The Nature of Winter, evokes both the chaos and quiet solitude of nature’s rest period and also provides an opportunity for him to reflect on a lifetime of nature writing. Joining him is Gavin Francis, a practising doctor who has also spent many years exploring the world. He is the author of three acclaimed books, True North, Empire Antartica and the Sunday Times Best-Seller, Adventures in Human Being, which was the Saltire Book of the Year in 2015. Gavin’s writing explores both inner and outer worlds and is always thought provoking.





    In 2017, Kevin MacNeil edited an anthology of Robert Louis Stevenson stories. The selection of essays and short stories included was originally chosen by two giants of the Argentinian literature scene in the 1960s, Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Casares, but never published. In this event, Kevin will discuss the themes that led to the original selection and the importance of Robert Louis Stevenson to not only Borges and Casares, but the lasting impression Stevenson’s work has had on our popular culture, as well as Kevin’s own life as a writer.





    2018 is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth and a whole year of celebrations are planned.  Spark’s work continues to resonate with readers and her complex personal life only adds to her legend. We are delighted to welcome journalist Alan Taylor, a close personal friend of Muriel Spark in her later years. He will be talking about his new book, Appointment in Arezzo, a beguiling account of his time in Italy with the great writer and the friendship which ensued and endured until the end of her life.






    Blogger and facebook star extraordinaire Gill Sims has transformed her hugely popular page Peter and Jane into a best-selling novel and she’s coming to Linlithgow to celebrate with a glass or two of something fizzy! Why Mummy Drinks shot into the bestseller list on its release in October and its easy to see why with its hilarious look at life with a ‘helpful’ husband and two not-so-perfect poppets.

    Tickets include afternoon tea and a glass of fizz. Spaces are extremely limited for this event, so book early!





    A unique collaboration between storytellers, a poet and the singer-songwriter Jim Byrne. Unlike other literary collections the writers involved harbour a dark secret. The writers are Stephanie Brown, Pat Byrne, James Carson, Samina Chaudry, James Connarty, Pauline Lynch, Calum Maclean, Gillian Margaret Mayes, Michael Norton and Stephen Watt.






    A Harry Potter party with all the trimmings – join us for a Sorting Hat Ceremony, fiendishly difficult Harry Potter quiz, costume competition, wand making, face painting, quidditch (weather permitting) and LIVE owls!

    Refreshments are included in the ticket price.

    *£5 individual ticket, £10 family ticket: two adults and two children         



    Queen Margaret Hall

    Queen Margaret Hall is the home of the Further From Festival. Conveniently located in Linlithgow town centre. It is 5 minutes-walk from the train station and bus stops. There is ample parking at the venue and good disabled access.

    Queen Margaret Hall, 25 Blackness Rd, Linlithgow EH49 7JA

    The Four Marys

    The Four Marys is a welcoming family-friendly in with a tremendous sense of history and lots of atmosphere. With its low ceilings, stone walls and roaring fires, there couldn’t be a better place for an evening of whisky tasting! Nestled in the heart of Linlithgow’s High Street opposite the historic Cross, it is 5 minutes-walk from the station and bus stops and there is ample parking nearby.

    The Four Marys, 65-67 High St, Linlithgow EH49 7ED

    The Linlithgow Canal Tea Rooms                   

    The Canal Tea Rooms in Linlithgow provide an intimate and welcoming setting for any event. Sitting on the Canal Basin with long-boats and ducks alongside, there can hardly be more inviting places to go to a literary event. It is 5 minutes-walk from the train station, about 10 minute-walk from the bus stops and there is plenty of parking at the venue and nearby.

    The Linlithgow Canal Tea Rooms, Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow EH49 6AJ


    For further information on the venues, or any aspect of this year’s Further From Festival, please go to: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

  • Ticket information for the Further From Festival 2018

    All tickets are now on sale for the Further From Festival 2018

    The tickets are available from far From The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow

    You can reserve tickets in the following ways:

    Email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk

    Telephone: 01506 845509

    Facebook: Far From The Madding Crowd

    Twitter: @FurtherFrom

    To pay:

    We accept all forms of payment in the shop, you can also  make a card payment over the phone during business hours by ringing 01506 845509

  • Harry Potter Party

    Harry Potter Party

    This event is now SOLD OUT.

    If you are interested in being added to a waiting list for returns, please email sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk

    Many thanks!

  • Ten Writers Telling Lies

    Ten Writers Telling Lies is a unique collaboration between a group of storytellers, poets and the singer-songwriter Jim Byrne. The writers got together with Jim in 2016 to create a collection of songs, poems and stories.

  • Gill Sims

    Gill Sims is the author and illustrator of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook site 'Peter and Jane'. She lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and a recalcitrant rescue Border Terrier, who rules the house.

  • Kevin MacNeil - Robert Louis Stevenson: An Anthology

    First imagined in the 1960s but never published, this collection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s essays, fables and short stories was compiled by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares – a collection of their favourite works of non-fiction, short stories and fables. The themes – integrity, intellectual and imaginative truth, literary meaning, the fantastic – are common to all three authors, and these connections are explored in an introduction by Kevin MacNeil

    Robert Louis Stevenson was a 19th century Scottish writer notable for such novels as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world.

    Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires, whose works have become classics of 20th-century world literature.
    Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine writer and editor, known both for his own work and for his collaborations with Jorge Luis Borges. His elegantly constructed works are oriented toward metaphysical possibilities and employ the fantastic to achieve their meanings.

    Kevin MacNeil is an award-winning writer from the Outer Hebrides now living in Stirling. He is a novelist, poet, editor and screenwriter. His books include The Stornoway Way (Penguin, 2006) and most recently The Brilliant & Forever (Polygon, 2016).