BOOKED! 2017 - West-Dunbartonshire Festival of Words

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Welcome to Booked! 2017

West Dunbartonshire’s Annual Festival of Words

It is my privilege to introduce this year’s Booked! literary festival brought to you by West Dunbartonshire Council’s Libraries and Cultural Services section. Following on from last year’s spectacular Rally and Broad event we will be hosting another cabaret line-up in Gartocharn’s Millennium Hall. We always look to innovate and this year we will be incorporating our schools programme into Booked! with events in each of our High Schools. We also mark the launch of the forthcoming Comic Invention exhibition with a talk from one of Britain’s leading academics on comics and graphic novels, Dr. Mel Gibson.

Booked! 2017 offers a wide range of authors, poets, and singer-songwriters and this year’s line-up has something for everyone. We are delighted to welcome Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin, who will open the festival with our Alastair Pearson Lecture. Recently appointed as ambassador for The Scottish Refugee Council, and last year named as a young outstanding woman of Scotland by both the Young Women’s Movement and the Saltire Society, this will be an inspiring start to the festival.

Week one continues with Julian Glover exploring the life of Thomas Telford, possibly the most extraordinary engineer Britain has ever produced, (fans of Isambard Kingdom Brunel may beg to differ). Booked! maintains its tradition of featuring emerging novelists with Gail Honeyman and Polly Clark talking about their respective debuts, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Larchfield. Both have received critical plaudits and are rising stars.

Last year’s event with sports journalist Hugh Keevins was a big hit and this time round Hugh will be chairing a panel featuring Old Firm legends Derek Johnstone and Murdo MacLeod. With a free pie and Bovril at half time this promises to be a sell out so don’t miss out on tickets!

It is a major coup to have former Home Secretary Alan Johnson talking with Sunday Herald editor, Neil Mackay, about the third volume of his highly regarded autobiography disclosing the realities of political office. The line-up continues with award winning journalist Chitra Ramaswamy who will be talking about her amazing book Expecting which is a meditation on the miracle of pregnancy.

We have three treats to tempt those who love poetry, spoken word and song: Ten Writers Telling Lies - a unique collaboration between a group of storytellers and poets with the singer-songwriter Jim Byrne. We also welcome the wonderful poet Billy Letford an electrifying performer who should not be missed; to complete the treble our Friday night Cabaret featuring renowned singer-songwriter Roddy Hart as well as local star, Sophie Rogers for a fantastic evening’s entertainment. Kevin P Gilday comperes and performs accompanied by outstanding performance poets, Cat Hepburn and Leyla Josephine.

Booked! goes out with a bang as we welcome home crime fiction heavyweight Stuart MacBride for our finale event.

We are delighted to present such a varied and stimulating programme for Booked! 2017. Our Festival is a highlight of the cultural calendar in West Dunbartonshire and I look forward to your continued support of Libraries and Cultural Services.

Gill Graham


Libraries and Cultural Services

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