Inverurie to host inaugural ‘World of Words’ book festival

TWO of Scotland’s most celebrated authors and an internationally-renowned photographer will be the star guests at an inaugural book festival in Inverurie.

The master of suspense Stuart MacBride and acclaimed fiction author Iain Banks will make special appearances at the World of Words festival which begins on Friday, August 31.

Renowned photographer Andy Hall also features in the festival line-up, and will talk about the books he has published in his 20-year career capturing iconic images of the local area and beyond.

The festival will feature a wide range of literary events taking place over nine days, in a variety of venues across Inverurie.

World of Words, organised by Inverurie Events and supported by Aberdeenshire Libraries and the Philosophy Café, is one of the local activities set up to raise money for the Inverurie Christmas Lights Fund.

Aberdeenshire Libraries welcomes the opportunity to support the festival by introducing some of Scotland’s best writers and storytellers to a new audience.

Glen Reid, of Inverurie Events, said: “The World of Words festival is a celebration of Scottish talent and enthusiasm for literature, arts and media.

“We hope to spark or rekindle a love for literature in a new audience by bringing some of the country’s best-loved literary figures together with an exciting programme of events.”

Iain Banks, author of many bestselling fiction and science fiction novels, will speak to and answer questions from the audience at Inverurie Library on Wednesday, September 5, followed by a book sale and book signing event.

One of Iain’s latest books, Stonemouth, is set in a fictitious Aberdeenshire town and has been described by critics as “one of his best”.

Crime writer Stuart MacBride, whose grisly tales are mainly based in the Granite City, will give a talk and answer questions from the audience at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie on Friday, September 7, from 7pm.

Speaking ahead of his appearance, Mr MacBride said: “I’ve always been a huge fan of libraries, they’re where I first fell in love with reading as a wee boy.

“Libraries, and the people who run them, are a huge asset to the nation and everyone living in it. They deserve to be celebrated, and that’s just what I intend to do.”

Other events being held during the festival include Controversial Conversations, with The Philosophy Café on Friday, August 31. University of Aberdeen researcher Anna Fancett will lead a discussion on the topic “Corrupting the youth – should we be worried about children’s literature?”

The new Inverurie Library Film Club will be officially launched at the library on Tuesday, September 4 with the showing of a special Shakespeare-related film.

Other events include a Books and Roots heritage session and a Bookbug Rhyme Session, both at the town hall on Friday, September 7 and are free.

Ticketed events will cost between £3 and £5. Tickets can be bought at either Inverurie Library or at the Strachan’s Inverurie book shop.

For more details of the festival and events taking place, see www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries or contact Inverurie Library on (01467) 621619 or email inverurie.library@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.