THE FURTHER FROM 2020 PROGRAMME IS READY TO LAUNCH!
The Further From Festival returns! West Lothian’s only literary festival is entering its fifth year and we have got a cracking line-up, tempting enough to tickle anyone’s tastebuds. We start with an evening of poetry, spoken word and song including performances from spoken word artist Kevin P. Gilday, Alistair and Alison Peebles with a tribute to Jean Ure and Freeland Barbour who will be performing with Gerda Stevenson – the perfect way to begin a weekend of very Scottish celebrations. Jim Crumley’s natural history slot this year is shared by Andy Wightman, Green MSP, discussing land ownership in Scotland and what this means in terms of our living environment and conservation. Author and historian Trevor Royle will talk Scotland and the Cold War with Bruce Jamieson in what is bound to be a hugely popular event. Novelist Janice Hadlow brings the inspiration behind her novel, The Other Bennet Sister, to life and talks about why Jane Austen is so important to her. We set off on a culinary tour of Scotland’s Islands with Sue Lawrence (there will be cake!) and Bruce Jamieson will be looking at Linlithgow Lives with his latest local history book. For children and families and to round off Further From 2020, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Lari Don for an afternoon of traditional tales and a story creation session, expect flying horses, dragon’s hoardes and of course, the unexpected in a session aimed at 5-12 year olds! All events are taking place in Linlithgow in either Queen Margaret Hall, or the beautifully renovated St Peter’s Church. Weekend and day passes are available and further information on all the authors and performers appearing at this year's festival will be added towww.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com in the coming days.
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An evening of poetry and song with: Alistair and Alison Peebles Kevin P. Gilday Freeland Barbour with Gerda Stevenson Friday 24th January, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm), Queen Margaret Hall, £15 We’ve got an incredibly special evening lined up to start Further From 2020. Alastair and Alison Peebles will be celebrating the life of poet and playwright Joan Ure, little known in her lifetime but held in huge regard by her contemporaries, including Liz Lochhead, Jim Kelman, Agnes Owens and Alasdair Gray. Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the curator and co-host of spoken word cabaret Sonnet Youth, a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer and a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice. We enjoyed his performance at our Torphichen Summer Solstice event so much, we’ve invited him back to make the mid-winter slightly less bleak!
To finish the evening, Freeland Barbour and Gerda Stevenson have created a musical tribute to Carolina Oliphant, otherwise known as Lady Nairne. A hugely prolific songwriter in the time of Robert Burns, producing some of Scotland’s most popular tunes including Charlie is my Darling and Will Ye No Come Back Again, her reluctance to claim public credit means she remains little known. Freeland Barbour, a distant relative of Lady Nairne, is set to change all that with The White Rose of Gask. Ticket includes refreshments
Jim Crumley and Andy Wightman: Who Owns Scotland? Saturday 25th January, 10.00am, Queen Margaret Hall, £10 Festival favourite Jim Crumley returns with his series of talks on Scotland’s natural environment. This year, he is joined by Andy Wightman, Green MSP, prominent land reform critic, leading environmental campaigner and author of the seminal work, Who Owns Scotland. They will be discussing the impact of land ownership on development in Scotland, with particular reference to what it means for conservation and our natural and living environment. Ticket includes refreshments
Trevor Royle: Facing the Bear Saturday 25th January, 11.30am, Queen Margaret Hall, £10 Broadcaster and author Trevor Royle returns to Linlithgow to discuss his latest work, Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War. As part of Nato's response to the Cold War, Scotland played a key role in the alliance's forward maritime defence strategy. In his meticulously researched book Trevor Royle paints a fascinating portrait of this extraordinary period, examining not just the wider military and political contexts, but also showing how the defence industry brought huge economic benefits, how CND maintained a high-profile presence, and how anti-nuclear sentiments underpinned much of the left's thinking in Scotland and contributed to the hegemony enjoyed by the Labour Party in Scotland during the Cold War. The event will be chaired by Bruce Jamieson. Ticket includes refreshments
Janice Hadlow: The Other Bennet Sister Saturday 26th January, 2.00pm, St Peter’s Church, £8 Janice Hadlow is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, as well as of King’s College, University of London. We are delighted to welcome her to the Further From Festival with her very first novel, The Other Bennet Sister, a warm homage to Jane Austen’s most-loved work, as well as a wonderful new story in its own right. Join us to discover what becomes of Mary Bennet, often regarded as the most unlovely of the five iconic Bennet sisters, but here given her own voice and a real ending at last. ‘It is a sad fact of life that if a young woman is unlucky enough to come into the world without expectations, she had better do all she can to ensure she is born beautiful. To be handsome and poor is misfortune enough; but to be both plain and penniless is a hard fate indeed.’ Tickets includes refreshments
Sue Lawrence: A Taste of Scotland’s Islands Saturday 26th January, 3.30pm, St Peter’s Church, £10 Sue Lawrence returns to Linlithgow with her latest mouth-watering offering, A Taste of Scotland’s Islands. A beautiful book filled with essays and recipes collected from across Scotland’s hundreds of habited islands, Sue’s journey will whet everyone’s appetites. There will be plenty of food at this session, but be sure to book early as tickets will sell like hot cakes (sorry!) Ticket includes refreshments
Bruce Jamieson: Linlithgow Lives Saturday 25th January, 5.30pm, St Peter’s Church, entry by donation Local legend Bruce Jamieson will be giving an illustrated talk on his latest book, Linlithgow Lives. A unique perspective on the history of our beautiful town, this event is ticketed but entry is by donation, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Ticket includes refreshments.
Lari Don: the Magic of Scottish Stories Sunday 26th January, 2.00pm, St Peter’s Church, £4 or £10 family ticket (admits 4 people) Join award-winning author and storyteller Lari Don for a magical afternoon of Scottish storytelling, with lots of monsters, shapeshifters and chases. Lari will read from her books, tell her favourite Scottish traditional tales and encourage you to imagine your own adventure stories. Aimed at 5–12 year olds Ticket includes refreshments
Queen Margaret Hall
Queen Margaret Hall is the original home of the Further From Festival, conveniently located in Linlithgow town centre. It is 5 minute-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
St Peter’s Church
Nestled in the heart of Linlithgow High Street, this beautiful church has been fully renovated and is now a wonderful space in which to hold literary events. Located half-way down the High Street, it is approximately 10 minutes from Linlithgow Train Station and just minutes away from all of the bus stops on the High Street. Parking can be found in The Vennel carpark at Linlithgow Cross, or in the free carpark at the Water Yett on the lochside – both are about a three-minute walk from St Peter’s Church. St Peter’s Church, 153 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AB
For further information on the venues, to reserve or buy tickets, or for questions on any aspect of this year’s Further From Festival, please go to: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01506 845509 during business hours.
We can’t wait to get started!