We’re delighted to announce the programme for 2017’s Scot Lit Fest. Judy Murray, Scottish tennis coach and mother to tennis stars Jamie and Andy Murray, will be joining the Saltire Society’s virtual book festival the weekend after Wimbledon to discuss her new book, Knowing The Score. The line-up will also see Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay in conversation with up-and-coming poet Nadine Aisha Jassat across the weekend of July 21st-23rd.
The festival, which launched last year, runs across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, podcasts, videos and more, to allow people world-over to celebrate Scottish literature in all its forms and get involved. Estelle Maskame, bestselling YA author of the originally self-published Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy joins the festival to talk about her soon-to-be-published standalone Dare to Fall, and Kate Milner and Pooja Puri will also be discussing their respective books My Name Is Not Refugee and The Jungle which tackles the topic of displacement for young people.
Kathleen Jamie, winner of 2016’s Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year and Book of the Year awards, partakes in a live event at the Saltire Society offices which will be recorded and broadcast on the weekend itself. Jenni Fagan will be talking about the work and legacy of the late Jessie Kesson as three of her books are repackaged and re-released to new audiences this year. There will also be a Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Awards showcase, spotlighting the successes of this year’s awards, announced following Glasgow Comic Con 2017.
Scottish Gaelic strand #FèisLitAlba returns to discuss Gaelic writing old and new. Stornoway-based Gaelic publisher Acair reach their 40th year in 2017 and will be in conversation with Catriona Lexy Campbell to celebrate their achievements for Gaelic literature. We are also joined by writers Calum MacLeod and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir in conversation with Emily McEwan to explore increasingly important LGBT voices in Gaelic writing.
Following the success of last year’s hilarious Collaborative Crime Creation, in which 16 crime writers took turns to write an original story live on Twitter, the collaboration returns with Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Douglas Skelton and Mark Leggatt losing the character limit for an afternoon of crime writing on Facebook.
The festival will be taking a leap into the spoken word scene with Scot Lit Fest live, an in-person party on the Saturday evening, featuring former BBC Poet-in-Residence Rachel McCrum, Annie George, winner of the Inspiring Scotland Bursary for a BAME writer (made in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust), and more, hosted by Flint & Pitch’s own Jenny Lindsay.
Other authors joining the Scot Lit Fest bill include the Saltire Society First Book Award winners Chitra Ramaswamy and Helen McClory, Michael Pedersen, Ever Dundas, John Young, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit and more. The full line-up can be found at the new website: scotlitfest.scot.