2016 Programme | 2016 Prògram

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Chris Brookmyre | Barry Hutchison | Malachy Tallack | Jean Rafferty | Kevin MacNeil
Hamza Yassin

Other Contributors: Hamza Yassin | Tom Holland

Chris (Christopher) Brookmyre - Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He is the author of eighteen published novels to date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

In 2006 Christopher won the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye and, as is tradition, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was named after the winning novel.

On accepting the award, Christopher said:

“My favourite PG Wodehouse quote is ‘It is seldom difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’; today I’d like to think that I resemble the ray of sunshine.”

Recently Christopher has been writing more main-stream crime fiction under the pen-name “Chris” Brookmyre.

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Barry Hutchison – “Barry Hutchison was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland.  Despite this, he has never once tossed a caber, wrestled a haggis, or gone a-roamin’ in the gloamin’.” So starts the introduction on Barry’s website – find out more here.  An accomplished children's author, screenwriter and director, Barry has been a popular participant at previous Three Lochs Festivals, and we are very pleased to welcome him back.  Barry was just 8 years old when he decided he wanted to become a writer, but it wasn’t until Barry was 17 that he sold his first piece of written work. The dark comedy horror screenplay, Curse of the Bog Women, was picked up by a movie producer from New York.

Childrens Session 10.30am:
Join multi-award winning author, Barry Hutchison, as he unveils the truth behind the World's Greatest Liar, Beaky Malone, then help him create a unique and terrifying new monster inspired by his Shark-Headed Bear-Thing books. Laugh, scream and possibly soil yourself at this fun event for primary-aged pupils.

Family Session 14.00pm - 15.00pm:
Since 2007, Barry Hutchison has written over 70 books for children and teenagers. Let him show you how to put together compelling, exciting stories of your own, from creating memorable characters, to crafting nail-biting plots. Barry will also be answering any of your writing or publishing-related questions.

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Malachy Tallack is a writer, editor and singer-songwriter from Shetland, currently based in Glasgow. His articles, essays and reviews have been published widely, and he’s written on a variety of subjects, including politics, literature, landscape and agriculture.

Malachy’s first novel Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home has been a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, A Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month and has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. The follow-up The Un-discovered Islands is due out in September 2016.

In “Sixty Degrees North:…” Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the sixtieth parallel, learning about the ways in which people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory. The ‘sixtieth parallel’ marks a borderland between the north and south, wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway. It crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life, and which sets him on this journey of discovery, to find out what it really means to belong to somewhere, and to call a place ‘home’.

Malachy has received outstanding reviews for this, his first novel, and is being acclaimed as one of a group of young travel writers, tackling the genre in new and exciting ways.

Malachy is a contributing editor of the online magazine The Island Review, and was previously editor of Shetland Life magazine.

"a joy to read" The Telegraph
"so original, and so compelling" The Scotsman

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Jean Rafferty will be presenting a workshop entitled “Writers at Risk” during this years’ Three Lochs Festival.

Jean’s latest book, The Four Marys, was longlisted for the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize and is currently on promotion at WHSmith at number 33 in their fiction chart. The book is a collection of four novellas responding to Scottish myth, history and music and dealing with themes of motherhood and love. Are the two things always compatible? Through shape-shifting, baby-snatching, infanticide and a hanging, The Four Marys explores the passions and sometimes disappointments of being a mother.

An award winning journalist who refused to specialise, Rafferty has excelled in the fields of feature writing, travel writing, medical journalism and sport. She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Strathclyde for her first novel and its accompanying critical essay.
Rafferty is a writer with unusual range. She has written long-form journalism on such dark topics as ritual abuse and rape for Guardian Weekend and the Sunday Times Magazine, yet has also provided light-hearted comment for tabloids such as the Sunday People and the Daily Record.
Rafferty has been shortlisted twice in the UK Press Awards, an unusual distinction for a freelance writer, and has won a Rowntree Journalist's Fellowship for her work on prostitution.
Author of two books on sport, she has won both a Travelex Travel Writing Award and a Norwich Union Medical Journalism Award.
She is also an 'inspirational' trainer who has worked for universities, unions, local councils and in many countries throughout the world.

‘A book that is both easy to read, and hard to read. Its exploration of the all-too-credible notion that dehumanisation is only human, is compelling and disturbing in equal measure.’ ~ Deborah Orr, The Guardian (The Four Mary’s)

‘Jean Rafferty is a remarkable writer with the bravery to explore the depths and the talent to take us with her.’ ~ Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room

Jean Rafferty is also the author of Myra, Beyond Saddleworth, shortlisted for the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize, published by Wild Wolf Publishing - www.wildwolfpublishing.com

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Kevin MacNeil was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis. He has taught creative writing at the universities of Uppsala, Edinburgh and Kingston and has performed his work internationally. He was the inaugural Iain Crichton Smith Bilingual Writing Fellow and he has recently become an honorary writer in residence at Kingston University. Among his awards are the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize and a JB Priestley award. MacNeil’s books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies. He is also a lyricist, screenwriter, Buddhist and a keen cyclist.

His latest novel is The Brilliant & Forever – “This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.”

Kevin often collaborates with visual artists and musicians. The album Kevin MacNeil and Willie Campbell Are Visible From Space (An Lanntair) [5] was released to acclaim in 2011. A single taken from the album, Local Man Ruins Everything (Fantastic Plastic) was formerly Single of the Week in The Guardian,[6] in The List and on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 6 show.

How to Write Great Dialogue: 11.45am – 12.45pm
Novels, films, plays and short stories often utilise captivating dialogue. Many writers feel intimidated by dialogue, but once the author understands the roles dialogue plays in a piece of work writing dialogue becomes an easier, more enjoyable, skill to master. This workshop will ask (and answer) such questions as: what is dialogue for? How does it relate to plot and characterisation? How do I know if my dialogue is working? Do people really mean what they say? Or say what they mean?

A Better Person, A Better Writer: 16.00pm – 17.00pm
'Literature is the better part of life. To this it seems invariably necessary to add, provided life is the better part of literature.' So said American poet,Wallace Stevens. This relaxed, informal workshop looks at the interaction between life and literature and shows that many of the skills that make us better authors - such as awareness, empathy, being able to give and take criticism - can make us better people. Writing is not therefore a mere 'indulgence'; it can offer us beneficial roles within wider society, make us more employable, and help us understand the bigger questions in life.

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Hamza Yassin is a wildlife filmmaker, naturalist and photographer. He assisted in the production of “A Focus On Birdfair”, a film created by a group of young and enthusiastic naturalists about the annual Festival “Birdfair” held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. His own description of himself: “African born, Scotland based, Wildlife made” nicely sums up just enough background information and what his life priority is. Hamza is often spotted locally setting up or waiting for just the right shot, and the photographs he posts on Facebook taken in our own neighbourhood are breathtaking. This years Festival will feature an exhibition of Hamza’s work, and Hamza will be leading a wildlife photography workshop on Saturday.

“Hamza has an artistic eye and infectious enthusiasm for both the job at hand and the wildlife on display.”

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Tom Holland is a writer and artist based in Glasgow who studied Art, Philosophy & Contemporary Practices at the University of Dundee. He is the founder of 'Bookmark: Reading Platform', a reading group based at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. The group, which has over 100 online members focuses on texts and screenings ranging from Art, Culture, Politics, Philosophy, Anthropology and Sociology. Bookmark has recently been invited to take part in the 'Summer Discussion: Cities' programme at the CCA.

Tom will be leading our Big Read discussion, which this year will be about “Private Island – why Britain now belongs to someone else” by James Meek. “In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy - rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing - have been sold to remote, unaccountable private owners. In a series of brilliant portraits James Meek shows how Britain's common wealth became private, and the impact it has had on us all. In a series of panoramic accounts, Meek explores the human stories behind the incremental privatization of the nation over the last three decades. As our national assets are being sold, the new buyers reap the rewards, and the ordinary consumer is left to pay the ever-rising bill. Urgent, powerfully written and deeply moving, Private Island is a passionate anatomy of the state of the nation.”

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2018 Dates announced!
21st & 22nd September 2018
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Next committee meeting:
Wednesday 4th October at 7:00pm
Sunart Centre, Strontian – all welcome


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