In 2015, Stirling-based artist Darren Rees was awarded the Scott Polar Research Institute Artist in Residence in Antarctica. Following his return he has produced a book packed full of the paintings he made there. Don't miss his talk on Saturday 11th February at 3.30pm!
Kate Leiper's art is hugely admired by a growing army of fans. She is perhaps best known for her illustrations for books such as The Book of the Howlat in collaboration with author James Robertson, Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and the Illustrated Book of Scottish Mythical Creatures.
At this event, Kate Leiper will be demonstrating how she creates her beautiful artwork, and below are a couple of examples of her creative and imaginative illustrations:
Crime novelist best known for the Rhona MacLeod series and founder of the Bloody Scotland crime writers' festival, Lin Anderson is joining us for a panel event that is sure to be fascinating for any lovers of crime novels. She will be joined by authors Claire Macleary and Neil Broadfoot to talk all things crime fiction. Here is Lin talking about some of her favourite books:
Rachel Newton's third solo album Here's My Heart Come Take It was released last year, and here is the title track to show what there is to look forward to at this event where Rachel is performing together with celebrated Scottish writer Andrew Greig:
Ash Dickinson is a comedy performer and poet who is a multiple slam champion and has headlined events throughout the UK. He is joined by Claire Askew, a renowned Scottish poet and winner of the International Salt Prize for Poetry, whose first collection 'This Changes Things' was released last year. They perform at our event with local teen Ian Macartney who was a prizewinner at Foyle's Young Poets in 2015.
These talented folks will present a set of performance poetry at our event, and to see a taster of what is to come, here is one of Ash's previous performances:
Our guest speaker Stuart Cosgrove began his career working as a journalist at NME and The Face, where he cultivated his passion and interest in music. Stuart then moved on to television, becoming the Head of Programmes at Channel 4 until 2015. He is also a co-host of the satirical football show Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as co-hosting BBC Scotland's Sportscene results show.
Off The Ball is broadcast on Saturdays at 12pm - 2pm and 5:35pm - 7pm, and calls itself 'the most petty and ill informed football show on radio'.
In addition to this, Stuart has a passion for soul music, and has written a book called Detroit 67 about the history of Motown. Considering Stuart has had such a varied and interesting career, this event promises to be a good one!
You can listen to the latest broadcast of Stuart's football show on iPlayer through this link: