Pitlochry Winter Words Festival

Entertaining and Engaging Line-up Announced for 10th Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry

Between 14th and 22nd February, 38 authors, wordsmiths, adventurers, photographers and personalities 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 features: the legendary Sir Chris Bonington who will scale the highlights of an epic climbing career which spans the worlds greatest peaks and ranges; Neil Oliver will be sharing his experiences in the making of the recent BBC TV series and subsequent book Vikings – A History; as well as providing insight into his extensive stage and television career; much loved BBC broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson discusses her deeply moving and honest account of losing a loved one day by day to Dementia - an insidious disease – promises to be both deeply personal and uplifting; and Lesley Riddoch, another acclaimed broadcaster will discuss her latest book Blossom, which examines contemporary topics such as housing, health, language and culture, how we identify ourselves and how this needs to change – whether the country is independent or strongly devolved. As ever there will be Q&A sessions to facilitate asking that burning question (or three!) as well as book signings.

Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl will be in town to discuss her much acclaimed pop memoir Bedsit Disco Queen whilst Mike McCartney (brother of Beetle Paul) will take you on a nostalgic and hilarious trip in words and photos, recalling life from the Forties to The White House with the sharpest of Liverpool wit.

Just a few of the many authors in this years festival...

For the young (and young at heart), Winter Words has several exciting events including the The Tale o’ Peter Kinnen’ (Peter Rabbit in Scots) read by Lynne McGeachie and the much anticipated Space Invaders hiper Youth Theatre with their craziest, wackiest theatrical event to date. This talented bunch are on a mission to entertain. Only one thing is for certain … expect the unexpected!

There’s a lot more besides including a book fair, Nowhere’s Better Than Here – a three day creative writing course with author Zoe Venditozzi is ideal for aspiring novelists who are serious about their writing. 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.

Hear original tales of the macabre and the supernatural, read by familiar faces from the Pitlochry stage, yes it’s Fearie Tales, a free event to round off each Friday and Saturday night. If you think you can do better, now’s your chance – make 2014 the year you put pen to paper and enter the Fearie Tales Writing Competition.

Full details of this competition, all author events and the creative writing course are available online, visit: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com or dial Box Office today on 01796 484626

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