The festival will take place over two days and will feature four well-known Scottish authors. First on the programme is an extra-special event for children to be held at the STATION HOTEL PORTSOY. The other three events will take place in the atmospheric setting of Upstairs at the Bothy, SALMON BOTHY, Main Street, off Schoolhendry Street, or from the Links Road Bothy car park.
Book sales and signings will take place at all the events.
Saturday 14th March:
10.00: the Festival will be opened by Mrs Clare Russell in the Station Hotel Portsoy, where a special children’s event takes place. MAIRI HEDDERWICK, writer and illustrator, will talk about her creation, Katie Morag, who lives on an imaginary West Coast island. The books have recently been adapted for BBC television. This event is suitable for primary school age children who must be accompanied by an adult. Admission will be £3 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event, at the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop, or by calling 01261 843455.
14.00: Come and meet SARA SHERIDAN, author of crime mysteries set in the 1950s, at a Vintage Tea Party in the Portsoy Salmon Bothy. Her books include Brighton Belle and London Calling and she will be talking about her new novel England Expects. Tickets for the Tea Party and Sara’s presentation will cost £10.00 and for that there will be tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes to accompany a fascinating afternoon with this writer of thrillers. Why not get into the spirit of the period and dress up with a hat for the occasion! All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance from the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.
Sunday 15th March:
10.00: ALEX GRAY is an award-winning Scottish crime writer who has created Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer whose job it is to solve various foul murders and other crimes. Scotland is the scene for most of her novels and her latest mystery "Keep the Midnight Out" takes place between Glasgow and the western Isle of Mull. Her first 2 novels won the Constable Trophy and Pitlochry Trophy respectively. Alex is currently the Scottish Chapter Convenor for the Crime Writers Association and keenly supports both established writers and newcomers to the organisation. Tickets: £5.00 including refreshments. Available from Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.
14.00: The Portsoy Bothy Book Festival will be brought to a fitting climax with the presence of SHONA MCLEAN, the creator of the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, as well as a set of stand-alone historical novels which are based on the real-life explorers of the British Empire. Her first novel featuring her hero, Alexander Seaton, was set in Banff, and since then he has visited northern Ireland and other parts of Scotland. Shona’s latest novel The Seeker is set in the time of Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth when Scotland was occupied by the New Model Army. Her fascinating insight into the 1950s will sit well alongside three-tiered cake stands bedecked with sandwiches, scones and cakes. Tickets - £10 including refreshments - must be purchased in advance. Available from Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or by calling 01261 843455.