Weekend Pass covers all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events
Friday 5 October
In my Life - A Music Memoir
From being transported by music on the radio, as a small child living in condemned housing in ungentrified West London in the late 1950's to going out to work as a postman humming 'Watching the Detectives'
by Elvis Costello in 1977, Alan Johnson's life has always had a musical soundtrack. In fact music hasn't just accompanied his life; it's been an integral part of it. This book isn't just about music. In my Life
adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson, the man.
6pm - 7pm
It Takes One to Know One
Isla will read from her latest book, It Takes One to Know One
and will talk about lost ambitions and the tricky business of finding yourself when you discover, as Charlie Gavin, hero of her book did, that you are not who you thought you were. He is a man who runs the 'Be Kindly Missing Persons Bureau' and who is fascinated by families and mothers. Martha, his assistant, failed singer in a dreadful rock'n'roll band, rescues him. Isla will also talk about her adventures in the writing business.
Sponsored by A Proctor Group Ltd
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 6 October
The Long Drop
Based on true events, 'The Long Drop'
(Winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year) is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers.
10am - 11am
The Ragged Lion
The Ragged Lion
is an apparently fictional memoir written by Walter Scott. It is an enthralling insight into a man more famous for his public, rather than personal, image. Highly acclaimed as a work of historical fiction, Allan Massie brings Walter Scott to life in an unforgettable way.
11.30am - 12.30pm
Black Camp 21
Exploring the history of Black Camp 21
, at Cultybraggan army camp near Comrie, a place that had haunted him since the 1960s, Bill discovered truly shocking events that culminated in a murder without equal - who was the victim and why was he singled out for such violence? The answers and the journey to them are what makes Black Camp 21
such a compelling piece of work. Bill won The Times Best New Writer award at the 2012 Sports Book Awards and an award for Outstanding Writing at the same event in 2015.
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Scotland: Her Story
Our history has been told countless times, but women usually only get a walk-on part. Scotland: Her Story
aims to redress the balance, and offer a view of the nation's high points and darkest times from women's perspectives. Drawing on court records, diaries, chronicles, letters, newspapers, memoirs and interviews, Rosemary Goring has gathered the experiences of women and girls from all walks of life since the middle ages. The result is an entirely original and often startling take on the past 1500 years.
3pm - 4pm
Art & Artists of the Women's Suffrage Campaign
Elizabeth Crawford is the author of The Women's Suffrage Movement: a reference guide 1866-1928
(Routledge), The Women's Suffrage Movement: a regional survey
(Routledge), Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle
(Francis Boutle), Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye's suffrage diary
(Francis Boutle), and The Great War: The People's Story - Kate Parry Frye: The Long Life of an Edwardian Actress and Suffragette
(ITV Ventures). She is the owner of Women and Her Sphere, a business in selling antiquarian books, postcards, pamphlets and ephemera by and about women.
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 7 October
Bookmark is delighted to offer special events to celebrate the centenary of Muriel Spark one of Scotland's best-loved and most original writers. Alan Taylor, well-known journalist and critic, became her good friend. His memoir Appointment in Arezzo is an exceptional account of this friendship. He will be joined by Rosemary Goring, Literary Editor of The Herald and Gail Wylie, Past Chair of the Muriel Spark Society to discuss the joys - and difficulties - of abridging Spark's work for radio. After lunch, the poet Stewart Conn will give a talk on Spark's poetry, with readings by Gerda Stevenson. Those who heard Stewart and Gerda earlier this year at our Bookmark Poetry event, know that this will be both entertaining and illuminating.
Bookmark would like to thank the Muriel Spark Society for their sponsorship of this event.
11am - 12pm: Alan Taylor - Appointment in Arezzo - A friendship with Muriel Spark
12.15pm - 1pm: Gail Wylie in conversation with Alan Taylor and Rosemary Goring
Lunch and Book Signing
2pm - 3pm: Stewart Conn and Gerda Stevenson
Weekend Pass (all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events) £56.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee)