Funnyman Fred will open Milngavie’s Book and Arts Festival

 Milngavie Book Shop Douglas Street. Niki Cleary with Susan Frize shop owner launch of book and arts festival'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Milngavie Book Shop Douglas Street. Niki Cleary with Susan Frize shop owner launch of book and arts festival'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

MILNGAVIE’S fifth Book and Arts Festival will be officially opened by comedian and broadcaster Fred McAulay next month.

The five-day cultural extravaganza – which starts on Tuesday, September 4 – also coincides with celebrations to mark The Lillie Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary year.

There is another exciting line-up for all to enjoy.

Visitors will really be spoiled for choice on the last day of the festival – Saturday, September 8.

There will be storytelling, children’s workshops, artist demonstrations, a community art project, musicians, street entertainers, stalls, second-hand books and much, much more.

Susan Frize from Milngavie Bookshop, the festival organiser, said: “There will be something to suit all tastes – including cultural book readings, great family-
friendly events and the ever-popular Friday Tapas Night, and Fish, Chips and Champagne Crime Night.”

The fun will begin when popular children’s author Julia Donaldson appears at Allander Church, in Douglas Street, for a singalong with characters from her best-selling books at 3.30pm – just before the festival starts on Tuesday, September 4.

You are invited to go along dressed as one of the characters and join in the fun.

At the official opening at 6.30pm people can hear some helpful tips from authors Leela Soma, Kenneth MacLeod, Moira McPartlin and David Manderson, who will discuss the issues and possibilities facing writers in the digital age.

On Wednesday, September 5, at 3.30pm Linda Strachan will be at Milngavie Book Shop to sign copies of her new book for young children called ‘Hamish McHaggis and the Great Glasgow Treasure Hunt’.

At 7pm Christopher Andreae will be at The Lillie Art Gallery for a 50th anniversary lecture where he will be talking about Joan Eardley, an extraordinary artist and examining how she translated her specifically Scottish experiences into passionate painting and drawings.

The event is free, but ticketed.

Later that evening at 7.30pm Len Murray and Sarah Crome will be at Milngavie Bookshop to discuss Scotland’s First War of Independence and how it changed the country’s destiny.

There are a number of other events throughout the week.

For the complete festival listing pick up a brochure at Milngavie Bookshop or go to www.milngaviefestival.org.uk

Comedian Fred McAulay (pictured) – who will open the festival – recently walked from Milngavie to Fort William along the West Highland Way for charity.