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The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series

From January to March, 2021, the Highland Book Prize and Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre hosted a series of online talks and workshops with the 2020 Highland Book Prize longlisted authors. Our thanks go to the William Grant Foundation who have made it possible to bring you this series of online sessions…  

Contents

Jim Crumley In Conversation with Linda Cracknell

Joseph Elliott in conversation with Jenny Valentine

‘Ideas for Approaching Point of View and the Pleasure of Experimentation’ with Elizabeth Reeder

Online Talk with Francine Toon, author of novel, Pine

How to Find a Story in History with Elisabeth Gifford

The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place with Frank Rennie and Jim Hunter

Panel Discussion with Malachy Tallack, Kapka Kassabova & David Gange at Winter Words Festival, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Grimoire – Online Reading with poet Robin Robertson

Robert Alan Jamieson in Conversation with Jen Hadfield

Coming Soon – Roy Dennis, author of ‘Cottongrass Summer’, joins an online conversation with Mark Cocker


2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series: Jim Crumley In Conversation With Linda Cracknell

Jim Crumley, author of The Nature of Summer, joins an online conversation with author Linda Cracknell.


The 2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist series: Joseph Elliott in conversation with Jenny Valentine.

Joseph Elliott and Jenny Valentine, both fiction writers for Young Adults, discuss Joseph’s debut novel The Good Hawk, which is longlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize.


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. 

 


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

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.


2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series: Robert Alan Jamieson in Conversation with Jen Hadfield.

An ‘in conversation’ event with Scottish poet and novelist, Robert Alan Jamieson, talking to fellow poet, Jen Hadfield, about his latest collection Plague Clothes which is longlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize.

Written during the recovery from Covid-19 symptoms, Plague Clothes is an immediate and intimate account of one person’s battle with the virus that emphasises our collective struggle throughout the pandemic.


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

Scottish field naturalist Roy Dennis discusses his book Cottongrass Summer with author and naturalist, Mark Cocker.

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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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