Events

Events

We are delighted to team up with book festivals and bookshops across the Highlands to arrange some special events to showcase the books on the 2019 Highland Book Prize Longlist:


February 25th, 19:00 – 21:00: Stephen Rutt, author of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds, in conversation with Shell Bromley of the Stornoway Writers’ Circle. Stornoway Library. Free event, open to all.


Friday 6th March 2020: Alan McKirdy, Northern Highlands, Landscapes in Stone. Highland Book Shop, Fort William. Tickets will be available here soon.


Saturday April 25th at 1:30pm: James Hunter, Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter. Seaview Hotel, John O’Groats Book Festival. Tickets £15 available via Lyth Arts Centre Booking Office.


Saturday 9th May 2020 at 6:30pm. Hear the 2019 Highland Book Prize shortlisted authors read at the Ullapool Book Festival. The announcement of the winner will be followed by an interview with the winning writer, in conversation with Kevin MacNeil. Free event, open to all.


Stephen Rutt, author of The Seafarers: A Journey Among Birds, in conversation with Shell Bromley of the Stornoway Writers’ Circle.

Presented by The Highland Book Prize and An Lanntair.

Tuesday, February 25th, 19:00 – 21:00, at Stornoway Library.

Free event, open to all.

The Highland Book Prize and An Lanntair are delighted to present an evening with Stephen Rutt, author of The Seafarers, nominated for the 2019 Highland Book Prize.

Stephen will speak about his experiences on the island of North Ronaldsay, the deep past of seabirds and their plastic-threatened present, as well as the role of nature writing in the 21st century. The Seafarers has been described as “a pelagic poem about the birds that exist at the coastal edges of our islands and consciousness” and won the Saltire Society’s First Book Award.

Stephen will be in conversation with Shell Bromley of Stornoway Writers’ Circle. Come along and hear Stephen read from his first book The Seafarers, and purchase a signed copy after the event.


John O’Groats Book Festival, Seaview Hotel, John O’Groats.

James Hunter, Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter.

Saturday April 25th at 1:30pm

As part of the Birlinn showcase, the Highland Book Prize is delighted to present James Hunter, author of Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter, longlisted for the 2019 Highland Book Prize.

When Scotland’s 1846 potato crop was wiped out by blight, the country was plunged into crisis. In the Hebrides and the West Highlands a huge relief effort came too late to prevent starvation and death. Further east, meanwhile, towns and villages from Aberdeen to Wick and Thurso, rose up in protest at the cost of the oatmeal that replaced potatoes as people’s basic foodstuff. Those dramatic events have long been ignored or forgotten. Now, in James Hunter, they have their historian. The story he tells is, by turns, moving, anger-making and inspiring. In an era of food banks and growing poverty, it is also very timely.

Tickets £15 available via Lyth Arts Centre Booking Office.