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09 Feb 2023

Ben Aitken: The Marmalade Diaries & The Gran Tour

Winter Words Festival 2023

Thursday 9 February

12.30-1.30pm

 

Ben Aitken was born in the ’80s, grew to 6ft then stopped, and he is an Aquarius. He talks with warmth, wit and candour about two of his four books  – The Marmalade Diaries and The Gran Tour (‘moving and hilarious’, Spectator).

The Marmalade Diaries tells the story of an unlikely friendship during an unlikely time. Imagine an intergenerational version of Big Brother, but with only two contestants. One of the pair a grieving and inflexible former aristocrat in her mid-eighties. The other a working-class millennial snowflake. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly go right?

The Gran Tour. When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for a hundred pounds, he thought, that’s the life, and signed himself up. Six times over. A series of coach holidays ensued – from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como and Llandudno to Pitlochry – during which Ben attempts to shake off his thirty-something blues by getting old as soon as possible.

We are thrilled to share our 19th Winter Words Festival, featuring an exciting lineup of well-known, and well-loved authors, playwrights, poets, adventurers, broadcasters, and TV personalities from around Scotland and further afield for a celebration of all things artistic and literary.

This is just one of the many events on offer. If you’re interested in more, why not buy our Winter Words Multibuy Package*, where you can access four fantastic talks for the price of three!  Just add your events to the basket, and we will discount before you pay.

*Makings of a Murderer and Banff Film Festival is not included in the Multibuy package.

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