Events

The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series

Join the Highland Book Prize and Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre for a series of online talks and workshops with the 2020 Highland Book Prize longlisted authors. To book a talk or workshop please see our listings below, or visit Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre for more information about each event.

Our thanks go to the William Grant Foundation who provide funding to encourage public engagement with the Highland Book Prize.  


upcoming online events

2020 HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE LONGLIST SERIES: JIM CRUMLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH LINDA CRACKNELL

Thu 18th Feb, 2021
11:00am – 12:00 noon

Booking essential: Click to book via Moniack Mhor website.

This is a ‘pay as you can’ event. £8 suggested donation, subsidised and free spaces are available. 

Join us online for an ‘in conversation’ event with Scottish nature writer Jim Crumley talking to author Linda Cracknell about his book The Nature of Summer, which is the final book in a quartet based around the seasons. 

Towards the end of the event, there will be time for a question and answer session with our online audience.


The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series: Grimoire – Online Reading with poet Robin Robertson 

Thu 25th Feb, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Booking essential: Click to book via Moniack Mhor website.

We are running this as a ‘pay as you can’ event. £8 suggested donation, subsidised and free spaces are available. 

Join us in listening to poet Robin Robertson read from his collection Grimoire: New Scottish Folk Tales. Robin Robertson – a Scot exiled in London for most of his life – will explain how this Grimoire came to be, and why it’s subtitled New Scottish Folk Tales.


The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist series: Roy Dennis, author of ‘Cottongrass Summer’, joins an online conversation with Mark Cocker

Thu 11th Mar, 2021, 11:00am – 12:00 noon

Booking essential: Click to book via Moniack Mhor website.

We are running this as a ‘pay as you can’ event. £8 suggested donation, subsidised and free spaces are available. 

Join us online for an ‘in conversation’ event with Scottish field naturalist Roy Dennis discussing his book Cottongrass Summer with author and naturalist, Mark Cocker. Cottongrass Summer (2020, Saraband), a collection of 52 vibrant essays to inform, stimulate and inspire every nature lover, is longlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize.


Past Events

Watch recordings of past events in the 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series…

The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist series: ‘Ideas for Approaching Point of View and the Pleasure of Experimentation’ with Elizabeth Reeder.

Elizabeth Reeder, author of novel An Archive of Happiness, shortlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prizetalks about the pleasure and importance of experimentation and play when trying to figure out how to tell your stories. 

 



 

The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist series: Online Talk with Francine Toon, author of novel, Pine 

‘Local Storytelling and the Gothic’ 

Some local stories can capture the imagination, especially when we are young. These can be tales told round a campfire, overheard at school or read about in the local newspaper. When thinking of gothic or suspenseful writing in particular, remembering local legends or strange incidents can be a useful jumping off point.

Watch the introductory section of Francine’s workshop exploring how local tales and the act of storytelling itself can be an entry point into your own creative writing.


HBP 2020 Longlist Series: How to Find a Story in History with Elisabeth Gifford

How to Find a Story in History

Elisabeth talks about finding story structure in past true events, and in doing so, how to stay true to history. Within this she will explore how many liberties can a historical novelist take or not take. Elisabeth will also discuss evoking place and setting.


‘The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place’. 

Jim Hunter in discussion with Frank Rennie, author of The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place, hosted by Lews Castle College UHI.


The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series: Panel Discussion with Malachy Tallack, Kapka Kassabova & David Gange at Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry Festival Theatre. 

Video coming soon…


These events are brought to you as part of a series celebrating the 2020 Highland Book Prize longlist. Each year the Highland Book Prize and Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre run sessions with longlisted writers including workshops, individual and in-conversation talks.

Our thanks go to the William Grant Foundation who provide funding to encourage public engagement with the Highland Book Prize.  

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