Soutar Festival of Words 2021

March 25, 2021 by Perthshire Creates

The popular Culture Perth and Kinross biennial literary festival returns this April, fully online for the first time and with a range of events, including headline guests Douglas Stuart, Sally Magnusson, Vic Galloway, Cameron McNeish and Elaine C Smith.

The Festival takes place from Friday 23 until Sunday 25 April with over 20 events, performances and readings celebrating the diversity of Scots Language, literature and culture inspired by Perth Poet and Writer, William Soutar.

There will be headline events from the author of the Diary o’ a Wimpy Wean, Thomas Clark, and Perthshire poet and new Maker for the Federation of Writers Scotland, Jim Mackintosh in conversation with award-winning writer and television presenter, Cameron McNeish.

Over the jam-packed weekend, there will also be readings from prize-winning novelist and former Edinburgh Makar and Poet Laureate, Ron Butlin, Scots writer and poet Matthew Fitt, former Stirling Makar Anita Govan, former Edinburgh Makar, Associate of Harvard University, and Royal Literary Fellow Valerie Gillies, Edinburgh’s first Maker, Stewart Conn, former Edinburgh Maker and Poet Laureate, Christine de Luca, and author, poet and teacher Dr Carly Brown.

No Soutar Festival of Words would be complete without the opportunity to engage with the work of William Soutar. On the opening night, the Soutar Birthday Lecture with Professor Alan Riach of Glasgow University will present an exploration of Soutar’s work which will appeal to those who are familiar with his writing and those who have yet to discover his richly evocative words.

Full details of the festival programme can be found on the Culture Perth and Kinross website