Published: 09/10/2015 16:48 - Updated: 11/10/2015 17:31

New Dingwall book festival

David Duguid (left) and Bill Anderson organised the festival. Picture: Gair Fraser.
David Duguid (left) and Bill Anderson organised the festival. Picture: Gair Fraser.


A new three-day book festival called Dingwall Word On The Street has been created for the town by two local bookshop owners.

Starting on Thursday (Oct 15) and running to Saturday (Oct 17), the debut event includes writers and storytellers Bob Pegg, Terry Williams, Ewan McVicar,Lizzie Macdougall,  Mandy Haggith, John Greene Lowberry, Janet McInnes and Pauline Mackay.

Sir John Lister-Kaye will open the festival on Thursday night in The Croft restaurant.

A drovers' gathering event uses words and music, a Victorian lantern slideshow and a talk by Ewan McVicar looks at the life of African explorer David Livingstone and his Ross-shire friends - James Grant of the Nile, a Dingwall resident who wrote his book, A Walk Across Africa, in the 1860s - and geologist and geographer Roderick Murchison of Tarradale House, Muir of Ord. And storyteller Bob Pegg will bring to life the exploits of Northwest Passage legend John Rae of Orkney.

David Duguid is the owner of High Street second-hand bookshop Picaresque and Bill Anderson - who came up with the idea for the festival - runs Highflight specialist aviation second-hand bookshop on Tulloch Street.

One of the ideas behind the new event was to involve local businesses and venues on and off the High Street. And over the three days, the festivall will happen in a variety of venues across town, including the bookshops, The Green House, Dingwall Auction Mart, Dingwall Museum, the library and The Croft restaurant.

Some of the other highlights will see Jack Kernahan reading from his book Highland Railways and signing books in Picaresque, while in Highflight  author John Greene Lowberry will be talking about fantasy fiction.

There will also be a Q and A with Dingwall publishers Sandstone Press, and Booker-nominated Tain writer Clio Gray will also host a talk and workshop.

A storytelling session for seven to 10s and a workshop on comics both cater for young readers.

Pop-up events are also planned on the High Street with Dingwall Players, plus there will be guerilla readings in random places and a ceilidh's been planned in the Ross-shire Club for Saturday night.

All the events are free.

Check out the festival’s website for further information and full list of events:

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