Wednesday 22 August 6.30 pm
Author Barbara Henderson will launch her latest children's book 'Wilderness Wars'
"I’m a writer (Fir for Luck came out in 2016, Punch in 2017), puppeteer and drama teacher living in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.
First and foremost, my writing is aimed at children, but I also enjoy dabbling in short stories and Drama.
I’ve been part of the process of re-starting a book festival in my hometown of Inverness (NessBookFest has run a couple of times now) and am the co-ordinator of the Highland Hub of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).
I love books, nature’s wild places, history, baking, folk music (I fiddle badly in my church band), old buildings, mosaics, Celtic Christianity, thick woolly jumpers…
Oh yes: And I do have a soft spot for all things puppetry. You have been warned!"
This is a free event and no booking required
Wednesday 17 October 7.00 pm
Author Gary Sutherland will be speaking about his most recent book 'Walk This Way'
Gary Sutherland is a writer from Hopeman in Scotland. He is the author of Walk This Way, Life Cycle, Golf On the Rocks, Great Balls of Fire, Hunting Groundsand Classroom Superheroes.
Educated at the universities of Aberdeen and Washington, Gary has worked as an ice-cream maker, candy-floss maker, shortbread maker, bookseller, teacher and journalist.
In addition to his books, he has written for various national newspapers – including Scotland On Sunday, The Scotsman, The Sunday Times and The Herald – and has appeared on television and radio. Gary has also spoken at many book festivals across the country.
Gary also danced with Prince and makes music as DJ ZX Spectrum.
Gary Sutherland could never fathom hillwalkers and had always managed to ignore the West Highland Way despite living on the doorstep of Scotland’s most famous trail. Then one day he decided to tackle it… and go further still. Much further.
He would consecutively walk the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and Speyside Way to complete a hat-trick of iconic Scottish treks. This despite the fact that hills gave him the heebie-jeebies, moors made him tremble and forests frightened him. Add to that his deep aversion to most forms of wildlife.
Walk This Way is a tale of courage, cows, resilience, feral goats, ambition, Belgians, ludicrous ledges, cataclysmic quagmires and creepy messages spelt out in pine cones.
From Loch Lomond to the Devil’s Staircase, the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness, Malt Whisky Country to the mouth of the River Spey, the intrepid author attempts to conquer his fears and achieve his epic goal without his feet falling to bits.