Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre 12-20th February 2016

January 14, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Now in it’s twelfth year the 2016 Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre takes place over two weekends in some of the most picturesque surroundings of Highland Perthshire.  The festival includes a book fair, book signings, literary lunches, music, workshops a Fearie Tales writing competition and a 3 day creative writing course.

Between 12 and 20  February, 37 authors, wordsmiths, adventurers, photographers,  personalities, bakers and filmakers will gather together under one roof – the famous Pitlochry Festival Theatre – to bring audiences a multitude of thought-provoking and stimulating events designed to stimulate mind, body and literary souls!

This year’s stellar lineup will feature the great-great-grand daughter of Charles Darwin Emma Darwin, who explores her family tree to further understand the way that creative thinking works across all disciplines. Ronnie Browne – a national figure as one half of the legendary Scottish folk duo The Corries – will reveal some of the funny and extraordinary tales from his colourful life. Bake Off winner Francis Quinn, who wowed judges with her imaginative showstoppers in The Great British Bake Off 2013 will serve up new ideas together with a guest appearance from Flora Shedden, Perthshire’s very own Bake Off finalist in 2015. Rab C. Nesbit aka Gregor Fisher will be in conversation with Times journalist Melanie Reid, who helped Gregor discover the story of his own life. This will be a fascinating, insightful, humorous evening in the company of one of Scottish TV’s and stage favorite.

Winter Words is delighted to present the return of Banff Mountain Film Festival with their brand new series of short films – be transported through the screen to adrenaline filled far flung corners of the globe!

Jason Lewis was the first person to circumnavigate the earth using only human power! Hear (and meet) this Guinness World record holder tell his story. Gregor Ewing will also make an appearance at Winter Words to recount his fascinating and thoughtful adventure in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce.

And then there’s the enigmatic, Father of the House, veteran MP and Scotland’s longest serving politician Tam Dalyell who will be along to Winter Words to discuss his new book which offers a personal reflection and revelation as to why the UK is in the brink of a constitutional crisis.

Long-standing literary editor of many of Scotland’s national newspapers Rosemary Goring will be sharing her latest historical novel Dacre’s War, a story of political intrigue and heartache set against the backdrop of the borders.

Little Sparta is widely regarded as one of the most significant and spectacular example of garden design as well as featuring over 300 artworks by owner Ian Hamilton Findlay, amongst others. Join Magnus Linklater who, as chairman of the Little Sparta Trust, is best placed to share the vision and ethos of this special garden.

There’s a lot more besides including a Book Fair, Write On, Right On! a three day creative writing course with author Zoe Venditozzi – an ideal way for aspiring novelists to explore their writing, gain insights and apply techniques – with 5 free daytime events included in the course fee. The course will include sessions on writing fantastic openings, developing authentic and engaging characters, generating and sustaining plot, and using voice and point of view. Expect fun, entertainment and inspiration!

The entertaining Literary Lunches return this year by popular demand – offering an intimate 2 course lunch, together with a glass of wine and entertainment from a speaker for only £23.50! Choose from adventurer Bob Shepton, The Fish Ladder author Katharine Norbury, James MacDonald Lockhart who is the author of Raptor, Marian Pallister and Jim Miller and Susan Campbell.

Winter Words also features free events such as Poetry Please! and Fearie Tales.

If you’re a budding or experienced author, there’s still time to put pen to paper and enter the Fearie Tales Writing Competition (closing date 31st Jan, 2016). Full details of this competition, all author events and the creative writing course are available online where you can view the Winter Words Festival Full Brochure and find out about how to book tickets  at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, alternatively you can contact the Box office on 01796 484626.