Published: 14/05/2014 16:54 - Updated: 14/05/2014 17:10

Writers go wild in Grantown

Sara Maitland is among the seven authors appearing at Grantown's festival of nature writing this month. Photo: Adam Lee.
Sara Maitland is among the seven authors appearing at Grantown's festival of nature writing this month. Photo: Adam Lee.

AUTHORS inspired by the Scottish landscape will gather in Grantown at the end of the month for a Walk On The Wild Side.

That is the title local bookshop The Bookmark has chosen for its day long celebration of the writers and photographers who attempt to capture the essence of the natural world between their covers.

Between them the seven authors taking part cover fiction, autobiography, history, nature writing and photography.

Mike Cawthorne’s new book Wild Voices describes journeys on foot and by canoe through some of the last wild places in Scotland and his previous titles include Hell of a Journey: On Foot Through the Scottish Highlands in Winter and Wilderness Dreams.

Linda Cracknell is an author and creative writing tutor whose recent novel Call of the Undertow was set in Caithness. In new memoir Doubling Back, she retraces 10 walks undertaken by others, from the Highlands to the Swiss Alps to Kenya.

Jim Crumley is one of Scotland’s best known nature writers. His latest book is The Eagle’s Way, which looks in particular at the implications of the growing population of Scottish sea eagles.

Ruary Mackenzie Dodds has been observing and photographing dragonflies for 25 years. His new book The Dragonfly Diaries charts his fascination with these extraordinary creatures.

Sara Maitland lives in Galloway and writes both fiction and non-fiction, drawing on diverse traditions including fairy tales, myths and folk tales. Her latest work of fiction is Moss Witch and other Stories and her story Far North was filmed with Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh.

Derek B. McGinn is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer whose book Sea to Summit is a glimpse into the lives of some of his favourite Highland creatures.

John Murray is director of landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh and author of new book Reading the Gaelic Landscape.

All seven can be seen in Grantown on Saturday 31st May, beginning at 10am with Derek B. McGinn at the Grant Arms Hotel.

Ruray Mackenzie Dodds and Jim Crumley can also be seen at the same venue at 11am and 2pm respectively, with Sara Maitland and Linda Cracknell in a joint session at the Garth Hotel at 4pm and John Murray and Mike Cawthorne also at the Garth Hotel at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 per talk or £20 for the whole programme and are available in advance from The bookmark, 34 High Street, Grantown-on-Spey, or on the door.

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