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!