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INVERNESS BOOK FESTIVAL

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25 – 28 JULY 2012 Tickets & Info 01463 234 234 www.eden-court.co.uk www.invernessbookfestival.co.uk


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WELCOME TO EDEN COURT’S INVERNESS BOOK FESTIVAL 2012. We’re delighted to bring you a programme that’s packed full of variety – from Scottish Islands to Danish Crime and from Midwives Tales to Scottish emigration –we really think there’s something for all readers at this year’s book festival. We have writers who live in Inverness, explorers of Scottish Mountains and a Swedish poet and rock star coming to give us his take on the Loch Ness Monster! Our small, but perfectly formed, festival takes place throughout Eden Court so it’s all under one roof. In between events you can enjoy the festival atmosphere with a meal in our restaurant, a coffee in our café or just find a quiet spot and read a book. The choice is yours. Every year we end the festival with our bookfest pub quiz so get some friends together and join us as the battle for the Pub Quiz winners’ crown begins...

Enjoy the festival


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Welcome Sponsors & Supporters David Hewson Peter May Kenneth MacLeod Shona Maclean Karin Altenberg Mark Stephen – Neil Gunn Trust Event Cameron McNeish Proffessor Tom Devine Maria Anderson Ron Ferguson Johan Holmlund Don MacNaughton – Book Launch Pub Quiz Star Gazing & Swinging Stories Tricksters, Charlatens and Ne’er Do Wells Bookbug Tickets & Info Inverness Courier Timetable

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SPONSORS E ve n t P a r t n e r

E ve n t V e h i c le S u p p li e d by

W i t h t h a n k s to

E d e n C o u r t i s s u p p o r t e d by

Eden Court Highlands (trading as Eden Court) is a company registered in Scotland (company number SC63216) and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (registered number SCO08237)

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CRIME FICTION

David Hewson OneTouch Theatre I Thu 26 July I 18.30 I Chair Georgina Coburn £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies davidhewson.com Bestselling author David Hewson’s literary adaptation of the bafta award-winning Danish crime tv series, The Killing has been hailed as literary gold by the Telegraph. Following a hotly contested acquisition for the literary rights, David was chosen by publishers Pan Macmillan to turn the screenplay into a novel (which is now available). A former reporter and arts correspondent, David is now a bestselling author of twenty-two books published in more than twenty languages and his popular Costa crime series is in development for a series of tv movies in Rome. “Hewson is a daunting talent – a writer who is a master stylist” Jeffery Deaver

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CRIME FICTION

Peter May OneTouch Theatre I Wed 25 July I 20.30 I Chair Robert Taylor £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies

Born and raised in Scotland and now living in France, Peter May is the author of several stand alone novels, the award-winning China Thrillers and the critically-acclaimed Enzo Files. Peter’s novels have won two French book prizes and have been nominated and shortlisted for many others. His latest book, The Lewis Man is the follow-up to The Blackhouse which was an international bestseller. It is the second novel in the Lewis trilogy and is set in the Isle of Lewis. This is an area the author knows well since he spent several years there producing and filming the Gaelic TV series Machair.

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FICTION

Kenneth Macleod OneTouch Theatre I Sat 28 July I 16.00 I Chair Nicky Marr £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Born in Glasgow in 1972, Kenneth Macleod began working as a newspaper reporter aged only 17. As a freelance reporter in central Scotland he worked for about twenty different newspapers over the course of a decade. Kenneth’s first novel, The Incident, published in 2012, is described by welovethisbook.com as a wonderful story about fate and the small important details that make us who we are. All the while we await “the Incident” – which, when it comes is beautifully written, well-paced and surprising. Proof that MacLeod is a fiction writer stratigist of talent. The Scotsman

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THRILLER

Shona MacLean OneTouch Theatre I Fri 27 July I 20.30 I Chair Susan Mansfield £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Inverness born, Shona MacLean holds a PhD in History, is a specialist in 16th and 17th Century history, and was encouraged to write by her late Uncle, Alistair MacLean. Shona’s latest novel, acclaimed historical thriller, Crucible of Secrets, is set in the 16th & 17th Centuries, where main protagonist, Alexander Seaton, a fallen minister, becomes the informal investigator into various sinister murders reaching from Banff to Ireland and back again. Seaton is a compellingly flawed yet indomitable figure who inspires our respect, pity and empathy in equal measure Scottish Field

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Karin Altenberg OneTouch Theatre I Sat 28 July I 14.30 I Chair Nicky Marr £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies islandofwings.com Born and raised in Sweden, Karin Altenberg moved to Britain to study in 1996. She holds a PhD in Archaeology and her thesis, published in 2001, won the Nordenstedska Foundation Award. Her debut novel, Island of Wings, set on St Kilda, was described simply as “Stunning” by The Guardian. Island of Wings – The year is 1830. Neil and Lizzie Mackenzie, a newly married young couple, arrive at the remotest part of the British Isles: St Kilda. As both find themselves tested to the limit in this harsh new environment, Lizzie soon discovers that marriage is as treacherous a country as the land that surrounds her. Brilliantly recreates the sublime, terrible beauty of the islands... A superb book Scotsman This lovely, haunting novel evokes the rough beauty of St Kilda ... A story of faith and love The Times Inverness Book Festival page 9


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Neil Gunn Trust Event: Mark Stephen – The Man Behind The Voice OneTouch Theatre I Fri 27 July I 18.00 £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies neilgunn.org.uk Meet and talk with Radio Scotland presenter Mark Stephen. Mark presents the hugely popular Saturday morning programme Out of Doors, the history series Past Lives and the one-to-one conversational, Turning Point. His keen interest in the Scottish countryside also extends to literature and poetry. In 2011 this was reflected in two special programmes featuring the landscape and writings of Sorley Maclean and Norman MacCaig, which he explored in Raasay, Skye and Sutherland in the company of contemporary writers Angus Peter Campbell and Andrew Greig. Normally Mark’s role is to ask the questions and persuade other people to do the talking. This time round the Neil Gunn Trust have succeeded in persuading Mark to do the talking. The theme he has chosen is Belonging to this Place. This event is sponsored by Sandstone Press

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Cameron McNeish Empire Theatre I Thu 28 July I 20.30 £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Through his highly successful television programmes, numerous books and magazine articles Cameron McNeish has become one of the best known figures in the British outdoors scene. A mountaineer, skier and wilderness backpacker Cameron has travelled extensively throughout the world and has led numerous treks to Nepal, India, Morocco, Turkey, Russia and Jordan, but it is for his knowledge of the mountains of Scotland that he is best known. As part of the book festival Cameron will present Trails and Climbs in Scotland – a behind the scenes insight into some of his work with the BBC, which features some incredible climbing footage and a piece on the making of The Great Climb, a seven hour live broadcast that Cameron worked on last year with Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett. Cameron’s most recent publications are The Sutherland Trail (2009) and The Skye Trail (2010) – both co-written by Richard Else. Inverness Book Festival page 11


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Professor Tom Devine Scottish Emigration Since 1800: A Historical Puzzle OneTouch Theatre I Sat 28 July I 20.30 I Chair Bryan Beattie £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Professor Tom Devine is Senior Research Professor in History at the University of Edinburgh. He has written and edited more than three dozen books and contributes regularly to television, radio and the print media at both a national and an international level. He is the only UK-based historian elected to all three national learned academies in the British Isles in recognition of his distinguished contributions to scholarship. Based on research presented in his recent bestseller To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora 1750 – 2010, Tom explores the reasons behind the remarkable scale of the Scottish exodus compared to other European nations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Inverness Book Festival page 12


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Maria Anderson OneTouch Theatre I Wed 25 July I 18.30 I Chair Susan Welsh £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies talesofamidwife.co.uk Maria Anderson is a Senior Charge Midwife on the delivery suite at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Working on the frontline of NHS maternity care for over twenty years, Maria has experienced all the ups and downs of midwifery. Maria’s memoir, Tales of a Midwife is a warm and poignant account of her career and the impact it has had on her life. From frantic fathers and traumatic home births, to witnessing the delivery of quads and the ultimate devastation of assisting the delivery of a stillborn baby, Maria has seen it all. The popularity of Channel 4’s documentary One Born Every Minute and BBC’s drama series Call The Midwife highlights our fascination with the emotional and life-changing experience of giving birth. This is the captivating story of one woman’s devotion to delivering new life. Inverness Book Festival page 13


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Ron Ferguson OneTouch Theatre I Sat 28 July I 18.30 I Chair Susan Mansfield £7.00 I reduced rates £6.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Originally from Fife, Ron has lived in Orkney for almost 20 years. Author of over a dozen books and countless articles and poems for the Glasgow Herald, his one-man play Every Blessed Thing has been performed across the UK and North America. Ron’s latest novel, George Mackay Brown: The Wound and the Gift tracks with curiosity and passion George Mackay Brown’s literary and spiritual journey, including his controversial move from Presbyterianism to Roman Catholicism. Ron explores the darker, more tormented, side of Orkney's Bard and uncovers the intense relationship between alcohol, suffering and creativity. Shortlisted for the Saltire Award for Best Research Book of the Year. Inverness Book Festival page 14


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POETRY

Johan Holmlund OneTouch Theatre I Sat 28 July I 13.00 £4.00 I Eden Court Friends discount applies Johan Holmlund originally made a name for himself in Sweden and overseas as the front man of Swedish indie pop group, Easy, who toured all over Europe with The Charlatans and The Jesus and Mary Chain. After more than a decade of lying low, 2010 was the start of a new phase for Johan as Easy made their live comeback at summer festivals and he published a collection of poetry. Johan’s long poem, I’ve Been Swimming with the Beast is particularly relevant here at the Inverness Book Festival with the subject being Loch Ness and the central character being, of course, the Loch Ness Monster. This poetry recital by Johan himself will take you inside the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. His enthusiasm and genuine appreciation of the beast of Loch Ness, mythical or real, is utterly infectious. Inverness Book Festival page 15


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BOOK LAUNCH Don MacNaughton Stalls Foyer I Thu 26 July I 19.30 I FREE

Don MacNaughton’s Amazon No 1 Bestseller 12 Hidden laws of Performance is being re-released as a special “Gold Medal Edition” just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. Packed with new material, this enhanced print contains even more tips and hints from the “Sport Shrink” We’re delighted that Don has chosen the Inverness Book Festival to launch this special edition of his best-selling book.

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QUIZ NIGHT

Newsroom Bar I Sat 28 July I 22.00 £1.00 Per Team Member ( Max 4 Per Team )

Get your team together and join us for the ultimate post festival wind down – the brain bogling book festival general knowledge pub quiz. Don’t worry, there will, of course, be a literary round but this year there’s a twist... A final round that could see those in pole position hurtling to the bottom of the heap! Rise to the challenge, put your money where your mouth is and prove your worth! (we’re hoping some of the festival authors will join us too). Inverness Book Festival page 17


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FAMILY

Eden Court CREATIVE Presents:

Star Gazing SGL Room I Wed 25 & Thu 26 July I 14.00 I £4.00 One of the hits of last year’s Book Festival is back by popular demand! Join us in the Eden Court Planetarium and journey deep into space for an hour of amazing stories from across the galaxy. A magical experience for children (and a really nice peaceful hour for grown-ups). Limited places – only 30 available

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Eden Court CREATIVE Presents:

Swinging Stories SGL Room I Fri 27 July I 13.00 I £4.00 Accompanying adults go free I 6+ Award-winning and bestselling author Giles Andreae’s funny, exuberant, energetic, instantly recognisable and much-loved rhyming story Giraffes Can’t Dance will be brought to life by Eden Court CREATIVE’S Jo McCullough. This interactive movement and craft session, bursting with energy and enthusiasm, guarantees smiles all round – go on, make a Giraffe face and dance the wild dance!

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Eden Court CREATIVE Presents:

Tricksters, Charlatans and N’er Do Wells SGL Room I Sat 28 July I 11.00 £4.00 Accompanying adults go free I 5+ Seat yourself on a cushion or comfy chair and encounter braggarts, swindlers and hapless no-hopers in giggly adventures with exuberant and enthusiastic storyteller, Eden Court CREATIVE’S Jesse Paul. Over the past 25 years Jesse has developed her work across the UK and in France with touring circuses, street and fringe theatre companies, hospitals, schools, musicians, visual artists, playwrights, storytellers and even football teams. Limited places – only 20 available Inverness Book Festival page 19


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Bookbug Maclean Room I Thu 26 & Fri 27 July I 11.00 0 – 2 yrs I 14.00 2 – 4 yrs FREE BUT TICKETED Since the Bookbug events first appeared at the Inverness Book Festival three years ago we’ve been blown away by the response from children and parents alike. These fun, free, friendly sessions incorporate books, rhymes, singing and play and are aimed at children aged 0 – 4. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Highland Libraries and other partner organisations gift free books to Highland children at around 16 weeks, 18 months and 3 years old. While the Bookbug Packs are designed to be enjoyed at home, Bookbug Sessions are a fun and social occasion for babies, toddlers, parents and carers.

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TICKETS AND INFO All main events are priced at £7.00 Full Price / £6.00 for Reduced Rate Children’s events are priced at £4.00, except BOOKBUG events, which are FREE! Eden Court Friends receive £1.00 additional discount on all of the above prices

The Eden Court Box Office is in the theatre foyer and is open each day from 10.00 until 15 minutes after the last ticketed event begins. You can also book tickets online www.eden-court.co.uk,by calling box office on 01463 234 234 or in person at Eden Court. We can post your tickets to you for just £1.00 per transaction. You can of course collect your tickets in person at any time from the Box Office. Payment Methods Payment can be made by cash, cheque (made payable to Eden Court), Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Visa Debit Cards or Eden Court Gift Vouchers. Payment can be made in person, by phone or by post. Please note that we do not currently accept Maestro for payment online. Booking Fees The following Booking Fees will apply to phone reservations and all online and phone sales: 50p for tickets up to £9.99 £1.00 for tickets £10.00 – £19.99 £2.00 for tickets £20.00 and over

Reduced Rates Reduced rates are offered for most Book Festival events. Only one reduction applies per ticket other than Friends of the theatre. Reductions generally apply to under 18s, full-time students, over 60s, people claiming unemployment benefit, people with disabilities, people on income support and parties of 10 or more. We may ask to see proof of reduced rate status. People with disabilities may bring an escort at a reduced rate price if assistance is needed. Eden Court is a member of Highland Council’s Plus One scheme. For further details please contact Highland Council. Data Protection Eden Court is registered with the Data Protection Registrar and is committed to upholding the Data Protection Act. Should you wish to be removed from our mailing list, please email marketing@eden-court.co.uk Changes & Cancellations Eden Court reserves the right to cancel or change the published times of any performance – but will do our best to keep the information on the website accurate and up to date. If you need to double check something, give the Box Office a call on 01463 234 234.

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TIMETABLE WED 25 JUL morning

afternoon

STAR-GAZING (14.00)

THU 26 JUL

FRI 27 JUL

SAT 28 JUL

BOOKBUG 0-2 YEARS (11.00)

BOOKBUG 0-2 YEAR (11.00)

TRICKSTERS, CHARLATANS & N'ER DO WELLS (11.00 )

STAR-GAZING (14.00)

SWINGING STORIES! (13.00)

JOHAN HOLMLUND (13.00)

BOOKBUG 2-4 YEARS (14.00)

BOOKBUG 2-4 YEARS (14.00)

KARIN ALTENBERG (14.30) KENNETH MACLEOD (16.00)

evening

MARIA ANDERSON (18.30)

DAVID HEWSON (18.30)

A NEIL GUNN TRUST EVENT MARK STEPHEN (18.00)

RON FERGUSON (18.30)

PETER MAY (20.30)

DON MACNAUGHTON

SHONA MACLEAN (20.30)

PROFESSOR TOM DEVINE (20.30)

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QUIZ NIGHT (22.00)


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www.invernessbookfestival.co.uk TICKETS & INFO 01463 234 234


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