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A Write Highland Hoolie 2019
A Write Highland Hoolie 2019

Fri, 08 Nov


West Highland Hotel

A Write Highland Hoolie 2019

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Time & Location

08 Nov 2019, 16:00 – 10 Nov 2019, 14:40

West Highland Hotel, Davies Brae, Mallaig PH41 4QZ, UK

About the Event

Pick a ticket for the whole weekend  -or choose the talks you would like to attend


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  • Graeme Hawley

    We are delighted to announce that our Hoolie this year will open with a unique event when Graeme Hawley, Head of General Collections at the National Library of Scotland responsible for over 14 million publications, will entertain us as we sup Harris Gin and Fever-Tree tonic. In a rapid-fire slideshow of hundreds of those spines, he tells the story of one of Europe's largest libraries, shining a light on the astonishing world in which we live. Prepare for the hilarious, the tender, the thought pr

  • Polly Clark

    Polly Clark is the prize-winning author of Larchfield, inspired by W H Auden’s life and work. She is also author of three poetry collections. Born in Canada, she was brought up in both England and Scotland and writes on a houseboat in London. She worked at Edinburgh Zoo, where her fascination with Siberian tigers began. For her second novel Tiger, she undertook a research trip to the remote Russian taiga in the depths of winter where she learned to track tigers. Set across two contin

  • Shaun Bythell

    We are thrilled that Shaun Bythell owner of Scotland’s second largest second-hand bookshop will be joining us. With his trademark dry wit he will be chatting about his life as a key player in Scotland’s Book Town – Wigtown, and its renowned annual literary festival. Shaun’s wry observations of human nature, and its eccentricities were captured in his bestselling first book – The Diary of a Bookseller. His latest tome, Confessions of a Bookseller is eagerly anticipated. Just don’t

  • Mick Kitson

    Writer and journalist turned teacher Mick Kitson became so frustrated with the books that appeared on the curriculum that he set out to write something he would want to teach. Sal his debut novel won the 2018 Saltire First Book Award. A disturbing, uplifting story of survival, it is also about the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love - a love that can lead us to do extraordinary, unimaginable things. In a previous life Mick had a brief spell as one half

  • Sue Lawrence

    We are thrilled that Sue Lawrence is joining us again this year. One of the UK’s leading award winning cookery writers, after winning BBC’s Master Chef in 1991, she became a food writer and journalist,. This year her prolificacy knows no bounds as she has two new books on the go. As well as a much-anticipated third novel, Down to the Sea - she has been on a personal odyssey round some of Scotland’s islands gleaning over 60 recipes along the way. This celebration of landscape and Scottish island

  • Sir John Lister-Kaye

    John is the greatest living naturalist in Scotland today. His numerous award-winning books unveil his vast knowledge of the UK’s wildlife, and a depth of understanding for the importance of a love and concern for all nature. He is founder of the world-class Aigas Field Centre and nature reserve, near Beauly. Aigas provides nature-based holidays for adults, as well as a revered ranger training programme, and valuable environmental education services for school children. John’

  • Gavin Francis

    Gavin Francis is not only a GP who lives and practices medicine in Edinburgh, but he is also an adventurer and renowned prize-winning author. After qualifying in medicine in 1999, he spent ten years travelling, visiting all seven continents; from 2006 to 2008 he drove between Scotland and New Zealand by motorcycle. His books include: True North, Travels in Arctic Europe; Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins; Adventures in Human Being; and Shapeshifters: On Medicine & Human Change.

  • Robert Wight

    Once more we are fortunate that The Scots Magazine is our media partner. Its award-winning editor, Robert Wight, is a passionate and highly driven mountaineer who has not only completed all the Munros, but also conquered most of the high hills in between. He is a man who claims to love the worst abuse that Scotland’s weather can hurl at him, and has even admitted that the more unpleasant the conditions, the more he loves it. His knowledge of Scotland’s incredible hills comes to the fore in his f

  • Alex Gray

    Full-time crime writer Alex Gray was born in the city that provides the backdrop for her famous Lorimer novels. She has published sixteen books, and won numerous prizes. She has also written for radio, national magazines and newspapers. A co-founder of Scotland’s famous crime writing festival – Bloody Scotland, she was previously a folk singer with the Battlefield Band, and a DSS Officer in Glasgow. Her latest book, The Stalker, was listed in the UK’s top ten fiction hardbacks.

  • Ron Butlin

    RON BUTLIN is an international prize-winning novelist and a former Edinburgh Poet Laureate/Makar. At this year’s Write Highland Hoolie he will talk about the highly unusual way he became a writer. Having left school at 16, he hitched down to London where he became a pop-song lyricist, a footman and barnacle-scraper on the Thames among other exotic occupations… As well as reading excerpts from his work Ron will talk about the highs and lows of a writer’s life. Ron is also this year’s judge for ou




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