11 January, 2017

Announcing the Exciting and Engaging Line-Up for Winter Words Festival 2017

Between 10 and 19 February, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will play host to more than 30 authors, wordsmiths, filmmakers, adventurers and journalists for the 13th annual Winter Words literary festival. It promises to be yet another thought-provoking programme of inspiring events designed to stimulate mind, body and literary souls!
This year’s stellar line-up will feature notorious politician Vince Cable who will share his view on the British Economy and how best it should be managed over the next decade and beyond. Nicholas Crane – whose face and name is easily recognised from BBC’s Coast – will deliver a fascinating talk on his new book, which brilliantly describes the evolution of Britain’s countryside and the development of its cities. Award-winning crime author Christopher Brookmyre will read from his critically acclaimed new novel Black Widow, which revives the much loved maverick reporter Jack Parlabane. Nature and wildlife man John Lewis-Stempel, winner of the Wainwright prize and author of the critically acclaimed Meadowland is set to deliver a heart-warming talk on his book Where Poppies Blow about the human condition in wartime – prepare to be captivated and inspired...

For those food enthusiasts out there, do not miss Kirsten Gilmour of Aviemore’s The Mountain Café who will discuss the Kiwi-influenced recipes in her book. And what’s the use in just hearing about the food – you’ll get to sample some of Kirsten’s delicious delights too…

Thrown in are also talks from Alastair McIntosh, Jamie Grant, Clifton Bain, award-winning reporter and Guardian columnist Madeleine Bunting, singer-songwriter-journalist Malachy Tallack and popular mountaineer Alan Rowan.

Winter Words is delighted to present the return of Banff Mountain Film Festival. After a highly successful sell-out show last year, the film festival will be showing two different programmes of adrenaline-packed, death-defying short films this year. Why not book for both showings and the How To Make An Adventure Film event, which shows Paul Diffley’s film-making process, for just £30.00!

Poetry enthusiasts will be delighted to see the return of free Poetry Please! Lunchtime sessions, including a reading with Scottish Slam champion Iona Lee, and budding writers may wish to expand their ideas through either our short-story writing workshop or playwriting workshop – the latter culminates in a reading from your written play by a professional actor! Spaces are limited for these courses, so book early to avoid disappointment.

For our younger festival goers, puppetry master Tania Czajka will present her unique puppet show (aimed at 3-8 year olds) starring cute bunny rabbit Lapin, who introduces the French language and culture in an easy, fun and light style.

The popular Literary Lunches are back, with another choice of tremendous speakers, a two course lunch and glass of wine – for just £23.50! Choose from Historical Fiction Writer Catherine Czerkawska, whisky enthusiast Fiona Rintoul, the awe-inspiring Clover Stroud and Waypoints author, Ian Stephen.

Both amateur and experienced authors are also reminded to submit a spooky story for the annual Fearie Tales Writing Competition. Put pen to paper and let your imagination loose! Closing date is 12 noon on 31st January. Full details of how to apply, all author events and the other writing workshops can be found on our website or by calling Box Office on 01796 484 626.

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