Monday, August 29, 2011

Relocated 8th Inverness Book Festival 2011 creates greater buzz

Jumbo Editorial Team

The eighth edition of the Inverness Book Festival, having become a regular feature in the Scottish calendar, created greater buzz after being held during the month of August for the second year running.

It has now been firmly anchored in the summer calendar. The festival first relocated from October to August in 2010 and there was a real buzz to these last few days of the school summer holidays in the Highlands. In 2011 the event was held from August 10 to 13, finishing just in time to get down to Edinburgh for more things literary.

Eden Court, the biggest Arts venue in the Highlands with a fantastic aspect over the river Ness and its islands, played host to the event. It is a tremendous haven in the city centre with beautiful walks, catering facilities, cinema and theatre to further entertain during the festival.

Yet again there was an august gathering with great writers and personalities speaking about their lives and work. Events were organized for all the family with rhyme time for children from as young as 6 months.

This year's line-up witnessed a wide selection of authors from around the Highlands and Islands give the event a real local flavour. There were plenty of authors from the rest of Scotland too, talking about land ownership, capturing Himmler and Highland cowboys.

Readers’ favourites Louise Welsh and Christopher Brookmyre were there to share about their latest works.

There were more kids events this year with the enthusiastic Sonsie Music folk providing lively singing and fun to entertain adults as much as kids. It was a real wonderful occasion to get the whole family involved in an event encouraging older kids reading to younger ones with the lovely people from Picture Kelpies.

Ushered in by bright and enticing posters in the style of Penguin books, the 8th Inverness Book Festival was described as an exciting medley of writers from a huge range of genres. From Scottish historians, to popular crime writers and children’s novelists, the schedule suited a huge range of tastes.

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