The Further From Festival

  • Darren Rees is coming to Further From!

    Darren Rees is coming to Further From!

    We're thrilled to announce a last minute addition to Further From!

    In 2015, Stirling-based artist Darren Rees was awarded the Scott Polar Research Institute Artist in Residence in Antarctica. Following his return, he has now produced a book packed full of stunning images documenting his time there.

    Darren will be giving a talk about his journey, along with a closer look at the paintings he made on Saturday 11th February at 3.30pm.

    We can't wait to meet him!

  • Get your weekend and day passes now!

    Get your weekend and day passes now!

    There's a great line up at this year's festival, so if you want to head to a few things why not take advantage of our weekend and day passes to save your pennies for books!


    FRIDAY PASS: £24


    Friday 10th February: day pass £24

    Stuart Cosgrove, 6.00pm: ex-Director Channel 4, football afficionado on BBC Radio Scotland's Off The Ball and love of all things Motown and Northern Soul (£8*)

    Ash Dickinson, Claire Askew and Ian Macartney, 7.15pm: Three poets, wordsmiths and performers in a seamless hour of entertainment and lyrics! (£8*)

    Andrew Greig and Rachel Newton, 8.30pm: Do not miss this incredible collaboration between Scottish literature's modern day polymath and a musician at the top of her game. A wonderful blend of clarsach, singing and prose, this event will be simply stunning. (£10*)

    There will be an open bar throughout these events. This is included in the price of the tickets.

    Saturday 11th February: day pass £28

    Jim Crumley, Polly Pullar and Leo du Feu, 10.00am: Join a writer, a photographer and an artist, all of whom observe the natural world around us, all of whom record it in diferent ways. Jim, Polly and Leo are all great believers in protecting the environment. (£8*)

    Shelley Day and Sandra Ireland, 11.00am: Both Shelley and Sandra published their first books to great acclaim in 2015, The Confession of Stella Moon and Beneath the Skin respectively. Both are psychological thrillers with a difference and both Shelley and Sandra are authors with a lot to say! (£8*)

    Lin Anderson, Neil Broadfoot and Claire Macleary, 12.30pm: Lin Anderson is synonymous with Tartan Noir, especially as one of the founders of the Bloody Scotland Festival. Joining her on this crime panel are Neil Broadfoot, who recently published the third case for journalist detective Doug McGregor, All the Devils. Also on the panel is newcomer Claire Macleary - big things are expected from her debut novel Cross Purpose. (£8*)

    Kate Leiper Demonstration, 2.00pm: Kate Leiper's illustrated children's books are remarkable in their detail and fantastical imagination. She has recently collaborated with James Robertson on the Book of the Howlat, she also illustrated the glorious Treasuries of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and Scottish Mythological Creatures. She'll be demonstrating how she creates such fantastic creatures - this event is ideal for families. (£8/10*)

    Refreshments will be available throughout the day for a small fee.


  • The Further From Festival 2017!

    The Further From Festival 2017!

    The Further From Festival

    The Further From Festival is back! Now the only literary festival in West Lothian, this year’s festival has been extended to three days, offering a wide range of events from poetry, to nature writing, to crime and even the Gruffalo!

    Big names such as Andrew Greig, Lin Anderson, Jim Crumley and Stuart Cosgrove will be joined by a range of newer authors, illustrators and performance poets making for a very eclectic programme, we’re sure there’s something for everyone!

    Friday 10th February is given over to music and poetry. Stuart Cosgrove, perhaps more well-known for his antics Off The Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, is also a huge Northern Soul fan. He’ll be talking about his books Detroit 67 and Young Soul Rebels. Next up is wordsmith extraordinaire Ash Dickinson, joined by Claire Askew and local poetry star Ian Macartney in an event that is sure to rival last year’s evening with William Letford and Liz Lochhead. To finish off Friday evening we have something very special indeed. Andrew Greig, polymath of Scottish literature, is teaming up with acclaimed musician Rachel Newton for a one-off event blending poetry, prose and some truly beautiful music: definitely one not to miss.

    Saturday 11th February kicks off with a return visit by nature writer Jim Crumley and local artist Leo du Feu, joined this year by photographer Polly Pullar. They’ll be discussing their different approaches to observing and recording the natural environment around us. We have a debut author event with two rising stars on the scene, Shelley Day and Sandra Ireland, who have received great reviews for their first books, The Confession of Stella Moon and Beneath the Skin respectively. Our Crime Panel is headed by the incomparable Lin Anderson, a doyenne of Tartan Noir who always makes for an entertaining event. She’s joined by Neil Broadfoot and new kid on the block Claire Macleary. To finish off Saturday’s programme we are delighted that illustrator Kate Leiper will be doing a demonstration of her stunning techniques and talking about her inspiration for the wonderful creatures she draws. Kate has recently collaborated with James Robertson on The Book of the Howlat and is also the illustrator behind An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and the more recent An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures. This event is suitable for families as well as those interested in Kate’s art.

    Sunday 12th February sees the return of the Gruffalo to Linlithgow! The Gruffalo’s Picnic promises to be loads of fun, but unfortunately this event is already sold out.

    All events take place in Queen Margaret Hall, St Michael’s Presbytery, Blackness Road Linlithgow. They are all ticketed, with weekend and day passes also available. 

    Friday 10th February
    6.00pm: Stuart Cosgrove £8
    7.15pm: Poetry & Words & Such Like £8
    8.30pm: Andrew Greig & Rachel Newton £10

    Saturday 11th February
    10.00am: Our Natural Environment £8
    11.30am: First Things First £8
    12.30: Crime Writers Inc. £8
    2.00pm: Kate Leiper Workshop £8 / £10 (family ticket)

    Sunday 12th February
    2.00pm & 3.00pm: The Gruffalo's Picnic £10 (family ticket) SOLD OUT

    Weekend & day passes are available, please contact us for more information!

  • The programme for 2017!

    Here at last are full details for the 2017 Further From Festival!

    We've expanded our programme this year to three days and we're pretty sure there's something for everyone!

    Friday 10th February

    6.00pm Stuart Cosgrove. The veteran broadcaster talks all things music, specifically his love of northern soul.

    7.15pm Poetry and Words and Such Like. A chance to hear Ash Dickinson, Claire Askew and local boy Ian Macartney, this is one not to be missed!

    8.30pm Andrew Greig and Rachel Newton. This is a beautiful pairing of music and words, last performed two years ago.

    Saturday 11th February

    10.00am Our Natural Environment. Join writer Jim Crumley, photographer Polly Pullar and artist Leo du Feu as they discuss their very different methods of recording and sharing their impressions of the natural word around us.

    11.30am First Things First. Debut authors Shelley Day and Sandra Ireland have been making a big splash with their respective first books. They'll be talking about the writing process as well as the inspiration for their very different stories.

    12.30pm Crime Writers Inc. Lin Anderson leads a crime writer's panel including

    2.00pm Kate Leiper demonstration. Kate Leiper's illustrations are simply stunning. Books such as The Illisutrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and the more recent collaboration with James Robertson, The Book of the Howlat, are beautifully conceived. Kate will be showing her work and talking about the process of illustrating books.

    Sunday 12th February

    2.00pm The Return of the Gruffalo's Picnic! The Gruffalo is coming back to Linlithgow. Join him for party games, stories, face painting and craft activities! And of course there will be cake! Lots of cake!