FIFTH Book and Arts Festival in Milnagvie attracted thousands of visitors

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MILNGAVIE’S fifth Book and Arts Festival has been hailed a huge success.

Almost 1,800 adults and schoolchildren attended the various events throughout the week, which included an opening reception with comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAuley, and a talk from authors about the challenges they face in the digital age.

Festival organiser and Milngavie bookshop owner, Susan Frize, said: “So many of the events were fantastic .

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy the Tapas night with Peter Kerr, and the famous fish, chip and champagne crime night was a sell-out.

“The evening went like clockwork and everyone enjoyed meeting local retired lawyer Len Murray, popular Glasgow crime writer Caro Ramsay and Sophie Hannah, the author of ‘The Other Half Lives’.”

Susan added: “Many thanks to the churches for hosting events - without them this festival would not have been possible.

“Also, all the volunteers who helped, including those who sold second hand books.

“They raised £150 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital library, which was fantastic.

“I would also like to thank Gillian Hughes from Cafe Review in the bookshop.”