Book Festival

Book Festival at Pitlochry Theatre

Pitlochry Book Festival

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th February 2019 is the 14th Winter Words Book Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Winter Words is the name given to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Book Festival. Four days that are packed with speakers, work shops and performers. We recommend booking yourself some where to stay in Pitlochry, to make the most of this fabulous event.

Full list of those appearing at the Winter Words Festival

There are 27 separate events, some of those appearing are:-The auditorium for the Pitlochry Book Festival

  • Val McDermid, Scotland’s Queen of crime fiction, brings a two-dimensional personality to the festival. In conversation with fellow crime-writer.
  • Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid discuss her latest novel, Insidious Intent. Later in the evening, they join fellow crime-writing pals Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville, on stage.
  • Cameron McNeish, currently on BBC Two’s The Adventure Show, brings his passion for the outdoors from almost forty years of writing about walking and climbing in Scotland.
  • Sally Magnusson, broadcaster and author, talks about her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, a brilliant re-imagining of the plight of the women and children involved in a 1627 Icelandic pirate raid.
  • Graeme Obree, the Flying Scotsman, gives a fascinating insight into breaking cycling records on his home-built bike.
  • Paul Murton, one of Scotland’s best-known TV presenters, will whirl around the history, mythology and extraordinary beauty of the Hebrides.
  • Michael Marra will be remembered by a special celebration of his life performed by daughter Alice and her uncle, Christopher Marra, with biographer, James Robertson.

For children and families.

Winer Words the Pitlochry Book FestivalMorning Storytelling over the weekend, Movement Workshops for 18 months to 5 years, based on, We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, The Art of Comic Books workshop for older years and Fear500, a creative writing workshop for 9-12 year olds.

New for 9 to 16 year olds - is Fear 500, a short (500 word) story competition, accompanying the ever-popular Fearie Tales Writing Competition.

Workshops for adults

Budding writers and performers can get interactive with award-winning playwright, Lesley Wilson’s Introduction to Playwriting, and PFT’s Associate Director, Gemma Fairlie’s Peter Arnott will be in Q&A session with Gemma, talking about Adapting Novels for the Theatre and his acclaimed adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s The Monarch Of The Glen, for PFT last Autumn.

The inaugural Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award.

Scottish based Playwrights are invited to submit original 10-minute plays. The top three will be performed during Winter Words using professional actors, with the winning play performed during the Summer.

To book your Winter Words Festival tickets, call the Box Office on 01796 484626, or go to the Book Festival online