Words of War

September 16, 2019 by Perthshire Creates

‘Words of War’ Book Festival 

This coming Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September, the Black Watch Castle and Museum will hold its first ever book festival, titled‘Words of War’.The festival will explore the genre of war, from biographies and analysis, to stories and novels inspired by conflict. This military themed book festival is not only a first for the Castle and Museum, but also for Perthshire and possibly Scotland.

The event will bring together a mix of local, national and international writers who will explore the many aspects of military life and history through talks, interviews, discussions, workshops and book signings. Waterstones of Perth will provide a pop-up bookstore during the event, giving visitors the chance to buy some of the books covered during the festival.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan, ‘Words of War’ Book Festival patron explains, The dynamism of the Black Watch Castle and Museum is inspirational.  Military history in Britain is thriving, and the ‘Words of War’ Book Festival will be an unprecedented opportunity to hear some of its most distinguished practitioners talk about their work.

The programme, which includes approximately fifteen events over the two days, will feature local author, Alice Soper  who will give an insight into the incredible life of her father, Pipe Major Robert Roy – a Black Watch soldier also known as ‘The Piper of Tobruk’. War journalist, political commentator and film producer, Paul Moorcraft, will draw on his latest books about war reporting and share some of the amusing and hair raising moments he faced in the danger zones he has visited. And a free children’s event will introduce the author Gill Arbuthnott, who will invite her audience to explore the story of a young lad as he marched off to fight in the Great War.

Anne Kinnes, CEO at the Black Watch describes how; Our ‘Words of War’ Book Festival builds on the very successful lecture programme the Castle and Museum have been hosting for the last 5 years which has given us an understanding of the increasing interest in military history and the related personal stories. We hope this unique event will become a highlight within the ever-expanding Perthshire calendar.

She adds: I would like to extend our thanks to Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA FRS, Patron of ‘Words of War’, Tippermuir Books Ltd, Perth’s not for profit publishers, and our sponsors for their help and support with this new event.

The Black Watch Museum is a registered charity and all monies raised from the Book Festival will go to support their charitable objectives. You can find out more about the ‘Words of War’ Book Festival and book tickets using this link.

Copy kindly provided by Andrew Jameson, working as a Perthshire Creates Content Volunteer, one of the various volunteering opportunities available within Culture Perth & Kinross