Winter Words Festival

10-19 February 2017

The annual Winter Words Festival features an inspiring mix of star authors, talks, events, workshops and film, all celebrating history, landscape, nature and people, with a strong focus on Scotland.

The first weekend on the Festival features the spectacular Banff Mountain Film Festival which returns for a third year with a brand new selection of extraordinary short films from the world's leading adventure film makers.

Following last year’s sell-out event, the Festival has expanded to incorporate two different screenings, each showing a different programme of short films featuring incredible adventurers, amazing adrenaline-packed action sports, stunning scenery and thought-provoking pieces shot in the far flung reaches of the globe.

For double the adventure, come along to both the Blue Film Programme (2pm) and Red Film Programme (7pm) screenings on Sat 11th Feb.

You can being your experience the night before with Scotland’s leading documentary maker Paul Diffley when he kick starts Winter Words with How To Make An Adventure Film. If you ever wondered what goes into creating amazing adventure films, seize the chance to spend a fascinating evening with Paul as he talks about the process, illustrated with clips of his work.

Whilst the programme for the second long weekend 16-19 February is still under wraps for now, here’s one exception to whet your appetite! Nicholas Crane – explorer, cartographer and umbrella-wielding Coast presenter – will talk about his brand new book The Making of the British Landscape, which describes the evolution of Britain’s countryside from the Mesolithic era, to the development of its cities in Roman times.

Add in some crime, well-kent TV presenters like, perhaps, Jonathan Dimbleby, national poets, a dash of local history, politics, perhaps an overseas correspondent such as John Simpson, and music - and you have all you might expect from the favourite festival in the Scottish literary year.

Tickets are now on sale for Banff, with the second weekend’s lineup expected to be confirmed in early December.