2015 looks set to be the best Winter Words yet, with a fantastic mix of authors, broadcasters, journalists and historians - and some rugged, outdoor adventure types! – offering something suitable for regular Festival audiences and new visitors alike. Welcome to the 11th Winter Words Festival!
The BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner will be reporting on the battles in the Middle East, ten years after he was shot at point blank range and left for dead. Royal biographer Penny Junor will be revealing tales from the palaces and beyond. And the voice of Today, James Naughtie, will read from his new novel, a spy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. While Newsnight's Kirsty Wark will have you spellbound with excerpts from her multi-generational love story set on the Scottish island of Arran.
The battle of Bannockburn will be remembered in different ways: through a new book by the brilliant James Robertson, illustrated by Jill Calder, and also by historical fiction specialist, Robyn Young.
A stunning new history of St Kilda by Roger Hutchison will kick off the ten days of Festival fun, before we’re joined by Patricia Andrew, whose new book examines Scottish artists and their experience of war, and the ways in which they recorded and interpreted Scotland at war.
We’ve plenty for fans of the outdoors too - Huw Lewis-Jones brings the story of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition to life in an illustrated talk, whilst Alan Rowan will lead us on a journey into the mountains at night - a true moonwalker!
Jim Crumley joins us, drawing on his years of observing eagles to paint a picture of how they interact with each other and with the Scottish landscape. And local author Ruary Mackenzie Dodd will be taking a break from Springwatch, Countryfile and Nature Detectives to thrill nature lovers with his tales of dragonflies and their fight for survival.
Before we sign off, we’ll hear tales from Theresa Talbot, direct from the Beechgrove Garden potting shed, and the great Lorraine Kelly will take us on a tour of her Scotland.
Winter Words takes place over two weekends in some of the most picturesque surroundings you could wish for. Especially stunning with the snow-capped hills all around, it guarantees a visit to Highland Perthshire you will not forget!
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