Bookends Festival Benderloch September 27 – October 1st 2016

NEW for 2016 is the Bookends festival in Benderloch, coming this September.

The small hall of the Victory Hall is going to be transformed into a cosy reading space, with extra areas for speakers and authors to meet and hear from.

You can get all the up dates on Facebook – or from the organiser : Joy Cameron, 01631 720247  / 07786985446email joycameron57 at

The Reading Room
Our delightful wood paneled village hall, The Victory Hall will be transformed into a sumptuous reading room for the week of the festival Saturday 24th Sept – Sat 1st October 2016.
It is the venue for nearly all of our events and every day from 3.30 – 6.30pm its doors are open to all to come and sit awhile, read, leaf through a book or two and chat about books you love over a cuppa.
All the books in the Reading Room are yours to enjoy
If you find one you love please take it home and keep it.
If you have some to spare please bring them to The Reading Room for others to enjoy.

Join us at The Bookends Festival Launch.
Saturday 24th September 2016 3pm Free – scroll down for details of the authors talks and evenings

An Afternoon with Norman Bissell
The Reading Room, Victory Hall – Sunday 25th September 2016 2pm £8

George Orwell, Isle of Luing poems, community activism and more. Luing poet Norman Bissell will read extracts from his forthcoming novel The Last man in Europe about the last years in the life of George Orwell on Jura where he wrote Ninety Eighty-Four and from his popular poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky, A Journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Luing. He will discuss his experiences of writing and community activism and how Geopoetics inspires artists and scientists of all kinds to express the natural world. He is Vice-Chairman of the isle of Luing Community Trust and Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.

An Evening with Kenneth Steven
The Reading Room, Victory Hall Saturday 24th September 2016 8pm £8

Kenneth is first and foremost a poet, but also very much a novelist. In all his creative writing, it’s the power of wildscape that inspires his pen. His newest novel The Well of the North Wind is set on Iona during the high days of the Celts, and follows the story of a young boy who will become the last “hand” in the emerging of “The Book of Kells”. Kenneth will read from the novel, and from his newest volume of poems: “Letting in the Light”.

A chance to have Afternoon tea with An Island Wife.
Come and meet Judy Fairbairns on Saturday 1st October 2016 2pm – £8 entry at the Victory hall.

Wife, mother, cook, domestic superwoman, fixer of all things broken – including hearts. Knitter of baby blankets, singer and author. Wildly enthusiastic child at heart.
Island Wife tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island, where the sea-birds fly, the weather is always changing and whales swim in the deep.
Judy will read from her memoir, answer questions from the audience and after her book signing join us all for a cuppa and cake.

And the final author to complete the eloquent Bookends quartet –
Russell Campbell
The Reading Room, Victory Hall : Saturday 1st October 8pm – £8

Raised in Taynuilt, Russell Campbell has been a university business school lecturer for more than 20 years, including a seven year spell running a Master’s degree in International Marketing which was delivered in Scotland and Athens. He has written for both The Herald and the Scotsman, and has also contributed to the (Glasgow) Evening Times. His first novel Movers and Shirkers was published in 2014. His second novel is due for publication in late 2016.Russell will talk about creating a novel….the what, where, when and how of writing your first novel. We’ll have a Q and A session afterwards and Russell will then be on hand to sign copies of his book, Movers and Shirkers and share a drink with us in the Bar – opens at 7.30pm.


August 10, 2016   Posted in: Arts and Crafts, Benderloch, Community, Event

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