Scot Lit Fest announces first authors!

A. L. Kennedy, Juno Dawson, Michel Faber, Kirsty Logan, Kevin Williamson
A. L. Kennedy, Juno Dawson, Michel Faber, Kirsty Logan, Kevin Williamson

Scot Lit Fest announces first participating authors in #Saltire80 celebrations

Michel Faber, A. L. Kennedy and Juno Dawson are amongst the authors lined up to celebrate Scottish literature and culture in Scot Lit Fest, Scotland’s new virtual book festival.

Taking place online on the weekend June 24th – 26th 2016, events will be hosted across a range of online forums, from Twitter chats to videos, Facebook events and more. All authors in the programme are being paid a fee for their time. With around 40 authors in the programme we can announce the first participants.

The Saltire Society’s Book of the Year 2015 award winner Michel Faber will be talking about how Scotland has inspired his work in a headlining screening. On Twitter, A.L. Kennedy will chat about her new book and her work on the latest Doctor Who book. In celebration of Makar Jackie Kay’s Trumpet being rereleased as a Picador classic, Queen of Teen Juno Dawson will be discussing themes of gender identity in fiction, from Kay’s classic to the present day and beyond.

Neu Reekie’s Kevin Williamson will tackle Amazon’s place in the literary ecosystem. 2015 Saltire First Book Award winner Helen McClory will be in discussion with Radio 2 Book Club featured Kirsty Logan. #fèislitalba, our Gaelic programme, will feature award-winners Angus Peter Campbell and Tim Armstrong.

Unveiling exclusive content from publishers across the country, we’ll be launching our regular reveals with the first chapter of Did I Mention I Miss You?, the final book in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy from Black & White.

The weekend promises to be a celebration of Scottish literature unlike any other, giving people world over the chance to unite in a range of discussions and events from the comfort of their own home. Sign up for the latest information and exclusive content for free on Eventbrite.

Read more on the practicalities of a virtual festival and how to get involved here, and learn more on why we’re hosting a virtual festival here.

Scot Lit Fest is Scotland’s first virtual book festival celebrating Scottish literature, taking place June 24th-26th 2016, and is part of the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary programme. For more information see saltiresociety.org.uk

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