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WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

Introduction Cast your imagination back to 1917: one hundred years ago, a brilliant thinker called D’Arcy Thompson here at the University of Dundee published his book, On Growth and Form. This book ranges across topics and themes, exploring animals and plants, bubbles and splashes, jellyfish and other stories. On Growth and Form looks inside things and examines their structures and cells. It gives up nature’s secrets. It was so important and wide-ranging that it was (and still is) much admired and studied by biologists, anthropologists and architects, mathematicians and artists. In this centenary year of the most influential book ever written in Dundee, we take our steer from D’Arcy: we’re looking inside stories – at their ideas and their ways with words, but at their structures and forms and secrets too. Why is memoir having a moment? What happens when a poem becomes a melodramatic piano recital? Take time to make a little book. Come for a walk with us. Try your hand at singing. Explore the role of literature today and its capacity to heal and console in these times we’re in. Celebrate and remember Michael Marra, the late, great Bard of Dundee, with James Robertson and the Hazey Janes. Listen to award-winning writers including Andrew O’Hagan, Denise Mina, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Louise Welsh. Eat cake with Jacqueline Wilson in her only Scottish event this year, or take tea with a Tiger. Meet 404Ink’s Nasty Women. Get behind the scenes with Jackie Agony Aunts Cathy & Claire in the very place where the magic happened. After 4 happy years at Literary Dundee, I’m off to adventures new, and the festival will take on a new and exciting form in 2018. We’d like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support. We hope you’ll join us this October to make, do, dance, listen. Bring the kids. Play! Come and help us make this our best festival yet.

PEGGY HUGHES Literary Dundee University of Dundee

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PRE-FESTIVAL BOOKENDS We have three special events before the festival kicks off!

Thursday 28th September POETRY WORKSHOP: ‘ODES TO WELLBEING’

POETRY PERFORMANCE

RACHEL MCCRUM

RACHEL MCCRUM & CAROLINE BIRD

A one-off special workshop with award-winning poet and performer Rachel McCrum exploring how we address the relationship between our internal and external worlds, and how we express these connections to others.

Join us for this special pre-festival celebration of In These Days of Prohibition (Caroline Bird, Carcanet Press) and The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate (Rachel McCrum, Freight Books).

Using Sharon Olds’s Odes as a starting point, we’ll consider our relationships with our bodies, our physical and emotional selves, and how we might share this with an audience with honesty and care. The workshop will be a mixture of reflection, exploration and creative writing. Bring paper, pens, and all of yourself. Workshop attendees can attend Rachel’s evening performance with Caroline Bird for free. In partnership with Literary Dundee / University of Dundee & Abertay University When: Thursday 28th September, 1pm (2 hours) Where: Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University Tickets: £10, concession £9

Caroline and Rachel will perform work from their new collections, with music from solo acoustic act Roseanne Reid and her distinctive brand of Americana magic. In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. In These Days of Prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’. The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate is the eagerly anticipated debut collection from the award-winning Rachel McCrum. Recognised as one of Scotland’s highest-profile poets and performers, her first collection asks questions of displacement and of the elasticity of space; of human defensiveness and of animal aggression; of inertia and movement, of threat and of resistance. In partnership with Abertay University, at the Hannah Maclure Centre When: Thursday 28th September, 7pm (2 hours) Where: Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University Tickets: £5, concession £3. Workshoppers get in for free

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Thursday 5th October IN CONVERSATION: THE SECRET LIFE ANDREW O’HAGAN Andrew O’Hagan is one of his generation’s most exciting and most serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. In his latest book, The Secret Life: Three True Stories, he turns his forensic eye on identities and the reality of selfhood in the digital age. Comprising three bulletins from the porous border between cyberspace and the ‘real world’, The Secret Life introduces us to the beguiling and divisive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose autobiography the author agrees to ghostwrite with unforeseen - and unforgettable - consequences. ‘The Invention of Ronnie Pinn’ finds the author using the actual identity of a deceased young man to construct an entirely new one in cyberspace, leading him on a journey into the deep web’s darkest realms. And ‘The Satoshi Affair’ chronicles the strange case of Craig Wright, the Australian web developer who may or may not be the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, and who may or may not be willing, or even able, to reveal the truth. When: Thursday 5th October, 7pm Where: D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

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WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

Wednesday 18th October TOUR: WARP, WEFT AND WORDS Weave your way around Verdant Works with PhD student Erin Farley. Erin will tell of the growth of Victorian Juteopolis through the rarely heard writings of the workers themselves. You’ll hear the words of the Dundee women - the handloom weavers and Factory Poets who found unique ways of making their voices heard above the looms. Expect political verse, celebratory poems to comfort and cheer, and more than a few satirical looks at life and Victorian society. When: Wednesday 18th October, 2pm Where: Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Tickets: £3, concession £2

TALK: ON GROWTH AND FORM – 100 YEARS ON AND STILL GROWING MATTHEW JARRON First published one hundred years ago, D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form is almost certainly the most influential book ever written in Dundee. It pioneered a whole new area of science - mathematical biology - but has also influenced artists, scientists and thinkers as diverse as Alan Turing, Salvador Dali, Buckminster Fuller and Claude Lévi Strauss, to name just a few. In this illustrated talk, Matthew Jarron (curator of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum) will discuss the book and its extraordinary impact.

PERFORMANCE: LIVEWIRE: SHOWCASE OF STUDENT WRITING Our annual opportunity to hear from the current crop of the Writing Practice & Study MLitt class: poetry, prose, essays, performance, and any and all points in between! The MLitt has launched the careers of many writers. Come and hear the stars of the future here first. When: Wednesday 18th October, 4pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

PANEL: WOMEN IN COMICS This special event accompanies the exhibition ‘Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics’, which explores the surprising range of subjects covered by the girls’ comics which were at their height in the 1960s and 70s. In an evening of talks and discussion, staff who worked on titles such as Bunty, Judy and Spellbound will be joined by researchers focused on girls’ comics as well as current female comics creators whose work explores more adult territory. When: Wednesday 18th October, 5.30pm (90 minutes) Where: Baxter Suite 1.36, Tower Building, University of Dundee Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

When: Wednesday 18th October, 3pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

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WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

TALK: ARCHIE’S MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE ‘If Sir Hugh Munro were alive today we reckon he would create a list of Scottish mountains over 1,000m. We have called these mountains the ARCHIES…’ In May and June 2015 a team of 57 intrepid adventurers ran over all 130 ‘ARCHIES’, travelling between them on foot, bike or kayak. Despite blizzards, gales and torrential rain, the team completed this massive endurance adventure manpower relay, from the North Sea coast by Dingwall to the Atlantic coast by Arrochar, to raise funds for the ARCHIE Foundation’s work. Now, their stories have been collected into a beautiful illustrated book, with proceeds supporting ARCHIE too, and we’re delighted to be joined by Paul Fettes to hear more about their amazing challenge. When: Wednesday 18th October, 5.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £5, concession £3 – proceeds go to ARCHIE

Photo courtesy of Jassy Earl

PREVIEW: BEYOND THE BINARY: STORIES FROM TRANS AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE What’s it like to live as a transgender or non-binary person in Nigeria, Pakistan, Scotland or Russia? The National Theatre of Scotland’s Adam World Choir is a digital community of transgender and non-binary people around the globe. Together with the Mental Health Foundation and Freight Books, they are creating a new book of first-person accounts by transgender and non-binary people worldwide. These are fascinating, moving, sometimes harrowing tales, stories about survival, stories about hope, joy and endurance and finding a place to call home.

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As a result of stigma, prejudice and violence, many trans people live with poor mental health, and suicide rates are high. The book aims to increase understanding and acceptance, and empower others to share their own stories. Join us for an exclusive preview of the book at this event, presented in partnership with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Full event details to be announced closer to the time. When: Wednesday 18th October, 7pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

Thursday 19th October FOR THE KIDS: ONE BUTTON BENNY ALAN WINDRAM Benny is a robot with a big red emergency button in his belly. He has always wondered what would happen if he pressed it… Find out with author Alan Windram! Create your own quirky characters and then sing and dance along to a specially written robot song. Presented with our friends at Waterstones Dundee When: Thursday 19th October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £1 per child, adults go free

TRY SOMETHING NEW: CHOIR! Nothing lifts the spirits like a spot of communal singing. So we invite you to kick off our festival Thursday by joining singer, musician and choir director Debra Salem for a pop-up choir experience. In this relaxed taster session expect some warm-up exercises and a chance to belt out some classic numbers. No need to read music and no previous experience necessary. Raise high the roof beams, carpenters! When: Thursday 19th October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

TALK: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE TALL TALE: JONATHAN SWIFT AT 350 BY DR DANIEL COOK The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 years old in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying (‘the thing which is not’) – outrageous storytelling, in other words. And that’s the long and short of it. In this illustrated talk, Swift scholar Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English here at the University of Dundee, will map out a brief history of the ‘tall tale’ drawing on the works of Swift, Twain, Rabelais and others. When: Thursday 19th October, 12pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

THE ESSAY CHRIS ARTHUR Although the essay has been called ‘our most dynamic literary form’, it’s frequently confused with graded assignments or old-fashioned belles-lettres. As a result, many people dismiss it as something tedious - occupying a literary dead-end or the academic backwaters of student assessment. In this event Chris Arthur will share some more positive ideas about the genre in which he writes. Drawing on Reading Life, his new collection, he’ll show how essays can be used to explore our experience in a lyrically philosophical way. Before turning to writing full-time, Chris was a teacher, academic, TV researcher, and nature-reserve warden. He was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Dundee from 2014-16. When: Thursday 19th October, 1.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

MEMOIR IS THE NEW BLACK

WRITING LIVES

Recent years have seen an extraordinary rise in the popularity of memoir, with a corresponding surge in the publication of new titles. Yet not so long ago the genre was being panned for a plethora of poorly written celebrity exposes and ‘misery memoirs’. What makes for good memoir and why is it suddenly hip again to like it?

BRIAN JOHNSTONE & ANNE PIA

Writers from the University of Dundee’s continuing education courses in Life Writing read a selection of their new work and join the discussion on why memoir is the new black. Introduced by Josephine Jules Andrews, memoirist and award-winning teacher of Life Writing in the University of Dundee since 2013.

Brian Johnstone

When: Thursday 19th October, 2.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

Two writers seek to understand the impact of their childhoods through two candid, vivid memoirs. Rocked by revelations coming to light twenty years apart following the deaths of his father and mother, Brian Johnstone turns a poet’s eye on his 1950s childhood and his parents’ lives before and during World War II in his first work of nonfiction, Double Exposure. Anne Pia’s search for belonging prompted her to revisit the post-war Italian-Scots community in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield of her upbringing, her relationships with her family, and to explore the gap between a traditional immigrant way of life and her own professional ambitions and aspirations. When: Thursday 19th October, 3.45pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

Anne Pia

‘a book that will challenge its readers to tear up all the scripts society has written for them and find their own words.’ RICHARD HOLLOWAY ON ANNE PIA’S A LANGUAGE OF MY CHOOSING

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THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

THINK LOCAL – EXPLORING DUNDEE’S HISTORY FOR 70 YEARS Founded at University College Dundee in 1947, the Abertay Historical Society has become renowned as the most significant publisher of books on the history of Dundee and Tayside. Introduced by historian and broadcaster Billy Kay, this special event will feature readings and discussion from various authors published by the society, including Susan Keracher, Andrew Murray Scott and Ann Petrie. When: Thursday 19th October, 5pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2 (includes glass of wine / soft drink)

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

STORY CAFE JEAN RHYS ‘Too bitter,’ Jean Rhys said of her work. ‘And besides, who wants short stories?’ Better known for her dark, elliptical novels, Rhys published three short-story collections in her lifetime. They include some of the best short stories of the 20th century. Peopled with hard-up bohemians, drunks and women on the edge of society, they are profoundly exact in their depictions of human loneliness, and extraordinary in their experiment with point-of-view, voice, and form. Join the Story Café conversation and delve deeper into two of her finest stories: ‘Let Them Call It Jazz’ and ‘Sleep It Off, Lady’. Expect an open discussion from the start. When: Thursday 19th October, 6pm Where: George Orwell Public House Tickets: Free, please book a ticket (ticket includes an advance copy of The Collected Short Stories by Jean Rhys)

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THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

POETS OF THE PEOPLE’S JOURNAL

Erin Farley

The Dundee-based People’s Journal, a ‘Penny Saturday paper devoted to the interests of the Working Classes’, was one of the most successful and influential papers in Victorian Scotland, and was particularly famous for the quality and variety of the poetry it published. Join Professor Kirstie Blair and Erin Farley for an event celebrating the many voices of the poets who wrote in the People’s Journal, bringing to light a vibrant but often overlooked tradition of newspaper poetry which represented the interests, opinions and experiences of working class Scottish people. Kirstie Blair’s book, The Poets of the People’s Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland, presents a selection of these poems in their local, political and cultural context. When: Thursday 19th October, 7.30pm Where: Frigate Unicorn, City Quay Tickets: £3, concession £2

Ordnance Survey, 1858

DUNDEE: MAPPING THE CITY

Kirstie Blair

Chris Fleet has worked with map collections at the National Library of Scotland since 1994, mainly focusing on modern and historical digital mapping, and making historical maps available online at www.maps.nls.uk. He has researched, written and spoken widely on these subjects and on maps of Scotland, and is a co-author of Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014) and Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016). He is currently working on a book to be published in 2017 on Scotland’s military mapping. Who better then to guide us through a history of Dundee and its hinterland from the perspective of maps, based on the rich collections of the National Library of Scotland? Who made these maps, and why? At one level all show the topographic detail of Dundee over four centuries, but at another, they are also visually deceitful, masking some subjects and promoting others, so that the paper landscape they reveal is always a work of artifice, of representation and misrepresentation. When: Thursday 19th October, 6pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2 18 | DUNDEE LITERARY FESTIVAL 2017

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FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Friday 20th October BOOK BUG Stories and rhymes for little ones and their parents and carers. When: Friday 20th October, 10am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free 0 - 3 years old, but older siblings are welcome too

WATERSTONES DUNDEE PRESENTS: TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA PARTY A tea party inspired by wonderful favourite, The Tiger Who Came to Tea! We’ll have a picnic and story time, and you’ll get to make your own Tiger mask and tail! When: Friday 20th October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £1 per child, adults go free

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FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

NEW WORLDS: WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS WORKSHOP

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S ‘THE RAVEN’: A MELODRAMA

JOAN LENNON

First published in January 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic poem ‘The Raven’ is often noted for its musicality, stylised language and supernatural atmosphere, telling of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. Arthur Bergh’s piece, first performed in 1909, is true to the melodrama form popularised in the 19th century, with rhythmically spoken words – not sung, sometimes more or less enacted, at least with some dramatic structure or plot – synchronised to piano. Looked down on as a genre for authors and composers of lesser stature (probably the reason virtually no realisations of the genre are still remembered), today we toast the melodramatic with this performance, possibly the first in Scotland.

Joan Lennon is a Canadian Scot who lives and writes in the Kingdom of Fife, just across the bridge from Dundee. She is currently the Royal Literary Fellow for the University of Dundee, supporting students across all disciplines. Her books have travelled the world and been translated into numerous languages. Joan’s novel Silver Skin, described as ‘a sci-fi fantasy historical adventure romance’, was shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017, and her most recent YA novel Walking Mountain came out in June this year. In this 90-minute session, you will hear about Joan’s writing process, and produce and share new work of your own. When: Friday 20th October, 11am (90 minutes) Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £7, concession £5 (includes a hot drink)

ARTHUR BERGH

Speaker – Ken Murray, Piano – Graeme Stevenson Part of the University of Dundee’s Lunchtime Concert series When: Friday 20th October, 1.20pm (30 minutes) Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

TALK: THE DUN COW RIB JOHN LISTER-KAYE John Lister-Kaye has spent a lifetime exploring, protecting and celebrating the British landscape and its wildlife. His memoir The Dun Cow Rib is the story of a boy’s awakening to the wonders of the natural world. Lister-Kaye’s joyous childhood holidays - spent scrambling through hedges and ditches after birds and small beasts, keeping pigeons in the loft and tracking foxes around the edge of the garden - were the perfect apprenticeship for his two lifelong passions: exploring the wonders of nature, and writing about them. In today’s talk, he shares this wonderful memoir of a childhood spent discovering the natural world, an elegy to his remarkable mother, and a wise and affectionate celebration of Britain’s wildlife. When: Friday 20th October, 12 noon Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

TALK: A REVOLUTION OF FEELING RACHEL HEWITT A Revolution of Feeling is the biography of the ‘inner life’ of 1790s Britain by Map of a Nation author Rachel Hewitt. Exploring the beginning of an emotional landscape preoccupied by guilt, sin, failure, resignation and repression, and the origins of our contemporary approach to feeling and desire, this is a vivid and absorbing account of the dramatic end of the Enlightenment. Above all, it is the story of the human cost of political change, of men and women consigned to the ‘wrong side of history’. Although their revolutionary proposals collapsed, that failure resulted in its own cultural revolution - a revolution of feeling - the aftershocks of which are felt to the present day. When: Friday 20th October, 2pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

Laura Jones & Heather McDaid, 404Ink Photo courtesy of Sinead Grainger

NASTY WOMEN Nasty Women, a collection of essays by and about 21st-century women, was already a sensation before it launched on International Women’s Day this year. Debut publisher 404 Ink’s Kickstarter campaign far exceeded its target and claimed the support of 1,300 backers, including icon Margaret Atwood, and it was the bestselling title at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Today three contributors - Jen McGregor, Alice Tarbuck and Becca Inglis - discuss their work, and why it’s more important than ever to hold the truth to account in the midst of sensationalism and international political turmoil. When: Friday 20th October, 3.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

‘Denise Mina has established herself as one of the most interesting and uncompromising writers in the crime genre’ THE GUARDIAN

FOR REALS: DENISE MINA & NICOLA WHITE DISCUSS OUR FASCINATION WITH TRUE CRIME

Denise Mina

Crime fiction is beloved by readers all over the world. And yet true crime is often regarded as a grubby cousin: capitalising on tragedy, sensationalist and unseemly. Why is fiction acceptable, true crime not, and what happens when the lines between the two are muddied? Denise Mina’s new novel, The Long Drop, is based on serial killer Peter Manuel, and set in 1950s Glasgow. Nicola White’s In the Rosary Garden, won the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize, finding its inspiration in the Kerry Babies tribunal of the 1980s. In this session, expect a candid and curious conversation about crimes, real and imagined. When: Friday 20th October, 5pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

BAKING WITH KAFKA TOM GAULD Noted as a ‘book-lover’s cartoonist’, Tom Gauld’s weekly strips in The Guardian stitch together the worlds of literary criticism and pop culture to create brilliantly executed, concise comics. Silly and serious, from sarcastic panels about the health hazards of being a best-selling writer to a list of magical items for fantasy writers (such as the Amulet of Attraction, which summons mainstream acceptance, Hollywood money and fresh coffee), Gauld’s cartoons are timely and droll - his impeccable timing and distinctive visual style sets him apart from the rest. Today the New Scientist and New York Times cartoonist talks to his publisher Francis Bickmore of Canongate Books about Baking With Kafka, his new collection of witty, sly, ridiculous comics. When: Friday 20th October, 6pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

FILM SCREENING: FROM SCOTLAND WITH LOVE Made entirely of Scottish film archive, a journey into our collective past, From Scotland with Love explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role. Brilliantly edited together, these silent individuals become composite characters, who emerge to tell us their stories, given voice by King Creosote’s poetic music and lyrics.

Nicola White

After the screening there will be an opportunity to visit the Great Tapestry of Scotland (see page 49) as night falls. When: Friday 20th October, 7pm (film duration, 75 minutes) Where: Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd Tickets: £8 (includes popcorn) Book: verdantworks@eventbrite.com

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FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

TALK: CHASING THE DRAM Chasing the Dram raises a glass to Scotland’s national drink, this profoundly vital component of Scottish life and culture which is now a global phenomenon. But, unlike other countries and their national libations, it has hardly been used in food. Rachel McCormack plans to change that with this book. Limiting whisky to a drink, she believes, is similar to the traditional Presbyterian attitude to sex; it should only be done with the lights off and in the missionary position. Rachel believes that there is an entire Kama Sutra of whisky use out there and she has put it in this book. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, Rachel discovered a myriad of unique and interesting people and facts about our favourite dram, and shares them with us in this book and in conversation here with Cate Devine, Food Writer for The Herald.

Michael Marra Photo courtesy of Alan Richardson

BOOK LAUNCH: MICHAEL MARRA: ARREST THIS MOMENT Michael Marra’s life was an extraordinary one. Join us to launch a new book, written by acclaimed author James Robertson, which tells Michael’s story through a series of prose pieces, interviews with friends and family and kitchen chats – real and imagined. James will read from and talk about the book and he’ll be joined onstage by Alice Marra and Saint Andrew (aka Andy Pelc). The event will be chaired by Lorraine Wilson. This will be a night of word, song and remembering the Bard of Dundee – singer, songwriter, artist, playwright and football fan extraordinaire. When: Friday 20th October, 7.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £5, concession £3

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When: Friday 20th October, 8pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £5, concession £3

‘Hard not to hate Rachel McCormack who bags the best gig of the year and then writes a brilliant book.’ VAL MCDERMID

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SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

Saturday 21st October MUSIC: THE BOOKSHOP BAND LIBRARIES TOUR Catch The Bookshop Band as they pop up in libraries around the city, performing a little set of their wonderful songs inspired by books. 10.30am: Blackness Library 12 noon: Charleston 2pm: Broughty Ferry 4pm: Central Library Free / drop in / no ticket required

FIRST WRITES: GILLIAN BEST, EVER DUNDAS & HELEN MCCLORY In Flesh of the Peach, Scottish First Book of the Year winner Helen McClory paints a beautiful and painful portrait of a woman’s unravelling, combining exquisite, and at times experimental, prose with a powerful understanding of the effects of unresolved loss. The Last Wave by Gillian Best is a wholly authentic, tragicomic portrait of family life as it is buffeted by sickness, intolerance, anger, failure and regret, soaked in empathy and salt water. Ian McEwan’s Atonement meets Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth in Ever Dundas’s extraordinary debut Goblin, an utterly beguiling historical tale with an unforgettable female protagonist at its centre. Join us for readings and chat from these three fantastic new voices. When: Saturday 21st October, 10am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

HANNAH BERRY

WORKSHOP: MAKE A LITTLE BOOK

Livestock is a razor-sharp satire on our relationship with the media from critically acclaimed graphic novelist Hannah Berry (whose previous graphic novels are Britten and Brülightly, 2008, and Adamtine, 2012). In the fight for the public’s attention, why let public interest get in the way? Join writer and illustrator Hannah and Creative Scotland’s Sasha de Buyl in conversation about this parable for the Trump era, satire and the revolutionary potential of the graphic novel.

EMMA FRASER

When: Saturday 21st October, 10.30am Where: Dundee Comics Creative Space Tickets: £3, concession £2

‘Knowing and savage, Livestock is that rare thing: a comic book that has only grown more essential in the gap between its inception and its publication.’ RACHEL COOKE, OBSERVER

WATERSTONES PRESENTS: HARRY POTTER PARTY We promise barrels of magical, inspired fun and encourage you to really fly into the Hogwarts spirit with the most imaginative fancydress you can muster. Spellbinding activities, readings from Harry Potter and much more in this special event presented by our good friends at Waterstones.

Emma Fraser, Book and Archive Conservator from The Book & Paper Studio in Dundee, will guide you on a three-hour bookbinding crash course to create your own little book from recycled materials. This binding, developed by Emma as a ‘green’ book, recycles paper materials such as envelopes or tickets stitched together with a plastic bag. The result is a flexible little codex to keep. We’ll provide some materials but if you’d like to work with any paper or card that means something to you then do bring it along. When: Saturday 21st October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £7, concession £5 (includes hot drink) Numbers are limited so booking is essential

IN CONVERSATION: JASON DONALD DALILA ‘As compelling as it is tough, sidestepping piety in favour of clear-eyed infectious anger.’ - Rebecca Nicolson, Sunday Times Irene Dalila Mwathi comes from Kenya with a brutally violent personal history. Once she wanted to be a journalist, now all she wants is to be safe. When she finally arrives, bewildered, in London, she is attacked by the very people paid to protect her, and she has no choice but to step out on her own into this strange new world. Through a dizzying array of interviews, lawyer’s meetings, regulations and detention centres, she realises that what she faces may be no less dangerous than the violence she has fled. Written with grace, humour and compassion, Jason Donald’s timely and thought-provoking novel tackles its uncomfortable subject matter in a deeply affecting way. When: Saturday 21st October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

‘Literature, in its ability to cross borders, engage imagination and sharpen understanding...may matter more than ever.’ DR LISA APPIGNANESI OBE FRSL, CHAIR, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE

SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

TALK: LITERATURE IN BRITAIN TODAY TIM ROBERTSON What do people in Britain consider literature to be? In what ways does literature matter to them? And what might encourage them to read more? The Royal Society of Literature commissioned an Ipsos MORI poll to gauge public opinion on literature, trusting the public, here represented by nearly 2,000 people, to define on their own terms what literature is for them – without being given prescriptive guidance on merit. The results are heartening and the findings make for fascinating reading. Today Tim Robertson, Director of the Royal Society of Literature, tells us more. When: Saturday 21st October, 1.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

TALK: WE KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU RHODRI JEFFREYS-JONES

IN CONVERSATION: GRAEME MACRAE BURNET

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh, examines our era of WikiLeaks and whistle-blowing in this powerful history of surveillance in the UK and USA. We Know All About You charts bulk spying from the 19th century and the uses and abuses of surveillance powers by the governments here and there in the first overarching narrative and interpretation surveillance, covering the agencies, programmes, personalities, technology, criticisms and reform. From the American detective agencies of the late 19th century to the world of Edward Snowden in the 21st, this is a vital and salutary assessment of the dangers of the surveillance society in which we live today.

Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents, and winner in the Author of the Year category for the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards (aka Scotland’s Oscars). Lauded by critics and loved by readers, his second novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In this huge Dundee Literary Festival treat, we hear for the first time from Graeme’s hotly anticipated third novel, The Accident on the A35. In this darkly humorous and sophisticated literary mystery, diffident Inspector Georges Gorski is investigating a seemingly unremarkable fatal car crash – but where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? Graeme compares notes with fellow writer, Louise Welsh.

When: Saturday 21st October, 12 noon Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

When: Saturday 21st October, 2.45pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

IN CONVERSATION: BEYOND OUR TIMES SARA BAUME & MARK O’CONNELL In A Line Made by Walking, Sara Baume’s masterful second novel, struggling Frankie, a twenty-something artist, escapes urban life and retreats to the rural bungalow on ‘turbine hill’ that has been vacant since her grandmother’s death three years earlier. Finding little comfort in human interaction, she turns her camera lens on the natural world and its reassuring cycle of life and death. Journalist Mark O’Connell takes a different look at life, death and humanity. In To Be a Machine, he explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device. He meets the world’s foremost cryonics experts, an underground collective of biohacking scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence resulting in a book about what our future could be. Come for the wilderness, technology, art, the body, but whatever you do, do not miss this conversation on what it means to be human. When: Saturday 21st October, 4pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

Jackie. A Beano Studios Product © D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd 2017

JUTE, JAM & JACKIE GAYLE ANDERSON & SHONA MAIN

‘Baume is a writer of outstanding grace and style. She writes beyond the time we live in.’ COLUM MCCANN

Jackie magazine - though it folded almost 25 years ago - is still a legend in the world of publishing. The UK’s very first teen magazine, in its hey-day it was selling a staggering 600,000 copies each week. Even now, the very mention of its name is guaranteed to transport women of a certain age - and a fair few men too - back to a safe, pre-social media world of photo-stories, fashion, make-up, pin-ups and Cathy & Claire. Today, in the same D. C. Thomson Meadowside offices where the magic happened, journalist Gayle Anderson and filmmaker Shona Main revisit the time, the place and their experiences as young women – just a few years older than their readers – shaping the teenage sensibilities of a nation. Advice on spots, boyfriends, bad friends and bodily functions will be on offer if and where required. When: Saturday 21st October, 5.30pm Where: Counting House, D.C. Thomson offices, Meadowside Tickets: £3, concession £2

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SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER

PANEL: IN THE DARK TIMES, WILL THERE ALSO BE SINGING? TIM ROBERTSON, CATHY RENTZENBRINK & LOUISE WELSH In this age of political turmoil - fake news, post-truth, Brexit, Trump, and terrorism - what is the role of literature? In this session, authors Cathy Rentzenbrink and Louise Welsh, and Royal Society of Literature Director Tim Robertson, discuss literature’s capacity to heal, uplift and console, as well as to challenge and to give a platform to those whose voices aren’t being heard. When: Saturday 21st October, 7pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

NIGHT OUT NEU! REEKIE! What does it mean to be mentally healthy in a world gone mad? Neu! Reekie!, ‘Scotland’s favourite avant-garde noise-makers’ (The Skinny), have been invited by Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), in partnership with Dundee Literary Festival, to curate a night of words, music and film that explores what kind of art we need in an age of anxiety. Neu! Reekie! – led by poets Kevin Williamson and Michael Pederson – are very much in demand, this year programming a summer minifestival, Where Are We Now, for Hull City of Culture and an event to celebrate Trainspotting’s 21st birthday at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, one of the UK’s most acclaimed and exciting artistic collectives is coming to Dundee. Full programme details to be announced nearer the time. Supported by Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, and Creative Scotland When: Saturday 21st October, 8pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £5, concession £3

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SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

Sunday 22nd October WATERSTONES PRESENTS: FAIRYTALES

IN CONVERSATION: THE ART OF SCIENCE

Start your Sunday inside a fairytale, with fairytale character racing and Storytime. Make your own fairy wand and knight’s shield. Cake and lots of fun guaranteed!

HELEN SEDGWICK & KAITE WELSH Matters medical combine in this conversation with two fierce talents. An irresistible mystery set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh’s The Wages of Sin sees disgraced Sarah Gilchrist flee London and, against family wishes and societal convention, among the first intake of female medical students at the University of Edinburgh. When one of her patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah turns detective, getting drawn into Edinburgh’s dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers - and a confrontation with her own past. In The Growing Season, Helen Sedgwick’s unforgettable second novel, anyone can grow a baby with FullLife’s safe and affordable healthcare plan. Just choose the colour of your pouch and its accessories. Without the pouch, Eva might not have been born. And yet she has sacrificed her career, and maybe even her relationship, campaigning against FullLife’s biotech baby pouches. Despite her effort, everyone prefers a world where women are liberated from danger and constraint and all can share the joy of childbearing. Perhaps FullLife has helped transform society for the best? But just as Eva decides to accept this, she discovers that something strange is happening at FullLife… Art meets science in these fine novels. Don’t miss!

When: Sunday 22nd October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £1 per child, adults go free

SUNDAY MORNING CATHY RENTZENBRINK & THE BOOKSHOP BAND A Manual for Heartache is Cathy Rentzenbrink’s beautiful new book, about how to cope with life’s bumps and shocks and sadnesses. Rentzenbrink is ‘not a doctor, a therapist, a philosopher, a priest or an expert on anything’, but she certainly has known heartache; in this Sunday Morning session she shares her story and some wisdom on how hope and kindness can make life a better place. Cathy is joined by The Bookshop Band, whose songs inspired by books always make life sweeter. Local musician Cliff Inglis and poet Anna MacDonald will also make an appearance. Tea and biscuits for afters. When: Sunday 22nd October, 11am Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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Helen Sedgwick

When: Sunday 22nd October, 12.30pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

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SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

TALK: ‘ZEN AND THE ART OF RUCKSACK MAINTENANCE: NAN SHEPHERD’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY FROM FLÂNEUR TO FIVER.’

MANY VOICES – SARAH SHORT & BEATRICE LAMWAKA WITH WOMEN WRITERS FROM HMP YOI GRAMPIAN Many Voices is Scottish PEN’s new project, aiming to offer new platforms for stories that are often excluded from the public conversation.

ERLEND CLOUSTON

Nan Shepherd

Hundreds of books have been written about mountains, mostly by men. But few compare to Nan Shepherd’s masterpiece, The Living Mountain, in which she describes her journeys into the Cairngorms of Scotland, encountering a world both breathtakingly beautiful and shockingly harsh. And yet Nan was largely unrecognised during her lifetime. Now, with her books reissued and back on the shelves, and her face on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s five pound note, Nan’s work is not only reaching a whole new generation of readers, but she has become a household name. Her literary executor, family friend Erlend Clouston, tells us more about her extraordinary life and work. When: Sunday 22nd October, 2pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2

Beatrice Lamwaka

Sarah Short is a Glasgow-based artist, specialising in writing for performance. In all of her work she aims to create space to feel human connection. As part of Many Voices, in partnership with Apex Scotland, Sarah has been working with a group of women based at HMP YOI Grampian, supporting them to creatively explore the stories that matter to them through spoken and written word. Beatrice Lamwaka is a Ugandan writer particularly interested in issues affecting women, including HIV/AIDS, the impact of war on women, and social justice. She was selected to join Sarah and the writing group as an international guest writer. Join us as we share the group’s writing with you, and Beatrice and Sarah read some of their own work and discuss their experiences working on this project. When: Sunday 22nd October, 3pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

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SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER

READING: MIND THE TIME

BOOKISH: DUNDEE’S ONLY LITERARY QUIZ!

Mind The Time, edited by St Johnstone official Club Poet Jim Mackintosh, is an anthology of poetry about football, published to raise money for Football Memories Scotland. All of the poems have been written to trigger memories of the ‘good old footballing days’ whether that is of a match, a team or a specific player. Today we field a festival line-up that includes Jim himself, local poets Roy Canning and John Quinn, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Andy Jackson and Caroline Mathers.

We finish our 2017 festival with a chapter of Waterstones Dundee’s Bookish quiz: expect phizz-whizzingly difficult questions about books, writers, literary awards and more. The most scrumdiddlyumptious team will win prizes. When: Sunday 22nd October, 6.30pm Where: George Orwell Public House, Perth Road Tickets: £1 per person, max 6 per team

When: Sunday 22nd October, 4pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: Free, please book a ticket

PERFORMANCE: THE BOOKSHOP BAND FAMILY CONCERT Jim Mackintosh

The Bookshop Band, Ben Please and Beth Porter, are talented multiinstrumentalists who make and sing beautiful songs inspired by books. Listen out for Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, A Monster Calls and other stories in this special closing concert that will appeal to adults and children alike. When: Sunday 22nd October, 5pm Where: Bonar Hall Tickets: £3, concession £2, children £1

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Extra, Extra, Read all About it!

Saturday 11th November AN AFTERNOON WITH JACQUELINE WILSON IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE OFFICIAL JACQUELINE WILSON MAG A special chance to meet one of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors where her career began. Enjoy a fun afternoon tea as the creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather talks about her life as a writer. From living in a linen cupboard to becoming a Dame, Jacky shares all her secrets and stories with you. Meet the team who produce Jacky’s official magazine, ask Jacky questions and peek inside her photo album. With cake, goodie bags and selfie sessions, what’s not to love? This will be Jacky’s only Scottish event in 2017, so don’t miss it! When: Saturday 11th November, 12.30pm Where: Counting House, D.C. Thomson offices, Meadowside Tickets: £8 Especially for ages 7 to 14, but all ages welcome

VERY IMPORTANT INFO FOR ACCOMPANYING ADULTS! · EACH TABLE AT THE TEA PARTY WILL BE HOSTED BY A MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL JACQUELINE WILSON MAG TEAM.

· A TICKET IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR EACH CHILD ATTENDING THE TEA PARTY. · DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET FOR YOURSELF.

· THERE WILL BE A DESIGNATED WAITING AREA FOR ACCOMPANYING ADULTS DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO THE EVENT AREA.

· SPACE IS LIMITED, SO ONE ADULT PER CHILD OR GROUP OF CHILDREN ONLY, PLEASE. · PLEASE REFER TO FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS AT LITERARYDUNDEE.CO.UK

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Exhibitions: SCOTTISH PEN AT 90 Scottish PEN is celebrating its 90th birthday with this engaging travelling exhibition, showcasing nine decades of Scottish literature, activism and community. The exhibition traces the development of Scottish PEN in response to political and cultural shifts since 1927 – both in Scotland and across the globe. Scottish PEN continues to promote the written word as a vital tool in protecting human rights, promoting freedom of expression and language and working with community groups, writers, readers and audiences across a wide range of projects and events. scottishpen.org Where: Bonar Hall

THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND / PART TWO Taking more than 1,000 talented volunteers over 55,000 hours to complete using over 3,000 miles of woollen yarn, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is a rich and colourful depiction of Scottish history from Ice Age to modern times. The entire Tapestry is vast, consisting of 160 panels in total and last year Verdant Works displayed just over half of it for the enjoyment of over 7,000 visitors. They are delighted to have the opportunity to tell the other half of the story and exhibit the alternative Tapestry panels, in the stunning High Mill this autumn. Exhibition included in regular museum admission. Where: Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd

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Additional D’Arcy Thompson related activity ON GROWTH AND FORM 100 – CENTENARY CONFERENCE

FROM NATURAL PATTERNS TO SELF-ORGANISATION: 100 YEARS OF GROWTH AND FORM

An international celebration of the most influential book ever written in Dundee. Full programme and booking details at www.ongrowthandform.org/conference

A PUBLIC LECTURE BY PHILIP BALL

When: Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October Where: University of Dundee and University of St Andrews

‘A HUGE SPACE OF ENDLESS PREDETERMINED POSSIBILITIES’: COMPUTER ART AND THE INFLUENCE OF D’ARCY THOMPSON

Patterns, regularities and order appear spontaneously in the universe over an immense range of scales in space and time. It has become increasingly clear that there are organising processes in nature, as D’Arcy Thompson first revealed in On Growth and Form. Only recently have we had the conceptual, computational and experimental tools to do his intuitions justice. In this stimulating talk, acclaimed science writer Philip Ball will look at where our understanding of these processes has come over the century since the book’s publication. When: Wednesday 22nd November, 6pm Where: D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building

A PUBLIC LECTURE BY CATHERINE MASON This talk considers how the writing of code has been used to draw since digital computing technology became accessible to artists from the mid-1960s. D’Arcy Thompson’s ideas from On Growth and Form had a formative influence on the pioneers of algorithmic art, whose work will be explored in this illustrated talk by art historian Catherine Mason. When: Wednesday 8th November, 6pm Where: Carnelley Building, University of Dundee

‘HARMONIOUS COMPLEXITY’ – 100 YEARS OF ON GROWTH AND FORM EXHIBITION This special exhibition will explore the history of D’Arcy Thompson’s ground-breaking book and look at some of the many fields it has influenced, including biology, systems theory, art and architecture. When: Friday 13th October - Friday 15th December Where: Lamb Gallery, Tower Building

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FAQs

SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS

WHERE

Dundee Literary Festival 2017 wouldn’t be possible without the support and partnership of many literary organisations and friends, in Dundee and beyond. Many thanks to the following:

Our events take place in our festival hub, the Bonar Hall at the University of Dundee and last one hour unless otherwise stated. The Bonar Hall is situated just off the Nethergate, on Park Place, a right turn just after Tonic Bar Café. Entrance to the Bonar Hall is free, and each event is priced individually in this programme. Our ticket desk is on the upper level and our café, run by our friends and neighbours at Dundee Rep, is on the lower. This year some events will take place outwith the Bonar Hall, and these will be clearly advertised in the programme. If you have any questions about finding us, email: literarydundee@dundee.ac.uk

OTHER VENUES Baxter Suite 1.36, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN Dundee Comics Creative Space, Unit 7, The Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket, DD1 4QB Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, DD1 3BP George Orwell Public House, 168 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4JS Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, DD1 5BT

TICKETS Tickets are available, from Thursday 14th September: • online at www.literarydundee.co.uk • By phone and in person from Dundee Rep Box Office at Tay Square. The Box Office is open Mon to Sat from 9.30am to 6pm. Tel: 01382 223530.

LATECOMERS Please arrive on time for all events, but if you are late, we will do our very best to sneak you in. However, that won’t always be possible, so punctuality means you’ll never be disappointed.

BOOKSHOP Thank you to our friends at Waterstones for providing our festival bookshop

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WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

20 YEARS OF A WARMER WELCOME Illustrations by Phoebe Roze, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, graduate 2017: www.phoeberoze.co.uk IN THE HEART OF THE CITY Since 1996, Apex Hotels has been providing a warmer welcome, contemporary design and innovative technology to guests.

Design by Kate Harper, Creative Services, University of Dundee

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Dundee Literary Festival invites you to join us this Autumn... STARRING:

JACQUELINE WILSON ANDREW O’HAGAN • DENISE MINA • JAMES ROBERTSON GRAEME MACRAE BURNET • THE BOOKSHOP BAND SARA BAUME • JOHN LISTER - KAYE • LOUISE WELSH TOM GAULD • NASTY WOMEN plus! Celebrating Michael Marra, Jean Rhys, Jonathan Swift, Nan Shepherd & Edgar Allan Poe Also! cyborgs, emotions, poetry, football, comics, family events, workshops, singing, quizzing & much more...

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Dundee Literary Festival 2017  

JACQUELINE WILSON ANDREW O’HAGAN DENISE MINA JAMES ROBERTSON GRAEME MACRAE BURNET THE BOOKSHOP BAND SARA BAUME JOHN LISTER - KAYE LOUISE WE...