Get set for the Milngavie Book and Arts Festival


MILNGAVIE’S fourth Book and Arts Festival officially opens on Tuesday with Kaye Adams in The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie.

The week-long event has an exciting line-up for all to enjoy and visitors will be spoiled for choice on the last day of the festival, Saturday, September 10. There will be storytelling, children’s workshops, artist demonstrations, a community art project, musicians, street entertainers, stalls, second hand books and much, much more.

Alison Hughes, the festival project manager, said: “The final day is jam-packed with events for all the family. Come along to Milngavie for a great day out, there’s something to keep everyone happy.”

The final day’s proceedings kick off in the former courtroom next to Milngavie Town Hall with two Storyplaytime sessions based on popular Children’s characters, Moomins at 10am and Peepo! at 11am, followed by debut author Scott McIntyre’s ‘Jake and Dixie: Super Magic Lightening Boy’ at midday, a cartoon workshop led by Glasgow writer and illustrator Moira Munro at 1.15pm and a ballet themed event with author Janey Louise Jones at 3pm.

Across the village in St Andrews Church marquee Postman Pat narrator Lewis Macleod will keep little ones enthralled at 2.30pm and over in Milngavie Bookshop, Glastonbury Kidzfield veteran, Donald Nelson will delight adults and children alike with stories, poems and songs at 11am - this is a free event.

New this year, ‘Milngavie Medley’ of FREE fringe style events includes music across two stages in Milngavie town centre.

Edinburgh singer songwriter Rosie Nimmo and her band will be on the precinct stage at 11.30am followed at 12.30pm by Dunbartonshire Wind Ensemble in the Station Road marquee. Headliners Them Beatles will take the stage at 2pm followed by barbershop boys Close Shave Chorus at 3pm (marquee) and Scottish Blues band Blue Dubh at 4pm.

In Allander Church people are invited to step back in time to World War 2 as John Macleod discusses his book ‘River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz’ at 11am, cost £6/£5. Fast forward to 1961 and Robert Douglas reminisces about tenement life in Maryhill with ‘Staying on Past the Terminus’ at 1pm, cost £6/£5.

Broadcaster Sally Magnusson invites everyone to pause and consider the ‘Life of Pee’. She will offer an exhilarating insight into the many historical uses of one the most versatile industrial agents on earth at Allander Church at 3pm, cost £6/£5.

Artist demonstrations will take place in the Lillie Art Gallery from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm with Glasgow-based artist Stanley Bird, John Damari, known for his vibrant oil on canvas work, and self-trained artist and children’s book illustrator Maggie Downer.

Visitors to the festival can also make their mark on a permanent masterpiece by painting a Community Art Project in the precinct marquee, Station Road, which features a reproduction of the Bennie Rail plane poster - the main cover illustration of this year’s festival programme.

Heading into Saturday evening and Ivor Novello nominated songwriter Boo Hewerdine will bring the day to a foot tapping close at the Fraser Centre. Across town the Festival’s ‘Famous Fish, Chips & Champagne Crime Night’ with Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham at Cairns Church at 7.30pm (sold out) will ensure the festival goes out with a bang, of fictional guns, champagne corks and comedy.

So why not make a day of it and enjoy a meal at Toscana Italian Restaurant, 44/46 Station Road, Milngavie, with a ‘£5 off your food bill’ voucher. See page 6 of the festival programme for details. Visit for more information.