7 January, 2019

Winter Words Festival Programme Announced

As the last days of Winter submit to Spring, Pitlochry Festival Theatre brings rejuvenation through the Winter Words Festival - 30 events between 2-17 February, celebrating Stories, Scotland and the Natural world and bursting the nation’s literary year into new life!

The fifteenth Winter Words Festival brings together Authors, Adventurers, Broadcasters and TV Personalities in one beautiful place - nestled beside the mighty River Tummel and beneath the majestic gaze of Benn Vrackie. There’s also Book Fairs, Book Signings, Literary Lunches, Music and more - something for everyone. Wake up from Winter - be inspired, engaged and stimulated.

Featuring in this year’s line up, Neil Oliver - archaeologist, historian, conservationist, author and broadcaster – is best known as presenter of the BBC documentary series, A History Of Scotland, Vikings and, most prominently, Coast. Join Neil for his personal Story Of The British Isles In 100 Places told through places which have borne witness to the unfolding of our history.

Winter Words is preceded by last year’s sell-out, Banff Mountain Film Festival, returning with two new programmes of adrenaline-packed, extreme action sports and stunning scenery from around the globe. Films include RJ Ripper - a mesmerising blend of mountain sports and culture, as world-class mountain biker Rajesh (RJ) Magar explores his homeland of Nepal, along with, This Mountain Life, a multi-award-winning film where Martina and her 60-year-old mother, Tania, embark on an epic ski traverse from Vancouver to Alaska.

Liz Lochhead, former National Poet of Scotland and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, teams up with Steve Kettley, composer and musician, of long-standing quartet, Steve Kettley’s Odd Times, to create Something Old, Something New – a fusion of bittersweet, polemical, comical, in-character monologues, theatre pieces and performance poems with bluesy, soulful and playful saxophone stuff.

Then for something completely different, as Prof Dame Sue Black, known the world over for her work as a forensic anthropologist and anatomist, and Dr Richard Shepherd who has performed over 23,000 post-mortems, and involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, discuss The Truth About Life And Death and how they manage to separate life and work and what happens when the lines blur.

Christopher Baker, Director of the Portrait Gallery, gives an illustrated talk on many of the most important aspects of J.M.W. Turner’s career, plus Scottish rugby legend, fan-favourite and winner of 61 caps, Doddie Weir, presents a  special evening, along with his ghost writer Stewart Weir, talking over a funny, moving and fascinating exposé of his life and career.

As always each day of the festival presents the opportunity for a Literary Lunch where a selection of speakers – this year Polly Pullar, local writer, photographer and field naturalist; Chris Townsend, Hillwalking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council; Rosemary Goring, Literary Editor and columnist for The Herald; and Christopher Fleet, Senior Map Curator in the National Library of Scotland – each speak on their particular passion around a delicious two-course lunch.

And don’t miss those two Loose Women, Masterchef-winner and Eastenders actor, Nadia Sawalha, and current affairs journalist and STV and BBC broadcaster, Kaye Adams, as they chat about quick and easy recipes, and how not to be a Disaster Chef, borne out of their book of the same name.

To find out about these and many more events during the Winter Words Festival, call the Box Office team 01796 484626 for the brochure or to book tickets, or click here to go online.

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