Milngavie Book and Arts Festival events

festival group 2010
festival group 2010

FISH, chips, champers and crime – just part of the fare at one of the most popular events on the cultural calendar in Milngavie

The fourth annual Milngavie Book and Arts Festival kicks-off on Tuesday, September 6 and will run for five days culminating in the ever popular Fish, Chip and Champagne Crime Night.

This year the festival will be opened by well known tv personality Kaye Adams at the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, followed by a ‘New Author’ discussion hosted by local author Leela Soma and a host of new writers who will discuss how they got published. Tickets are £4.

There are plans to broaden the event to include a lot more children’s activities with story telling workshops, craft events and drawing classes for children aged two-years and upwards. Local schools will also be encouraged to enter the various competitions in the festival.

There will be a host of popular authors this year. Although the final list has still to be confirmed, Christopher Brookmyre is again confirmed to appear.

To kick off the festival an evening of big band jazz with Monday Swing will take place on September 5 at 8pm in Milngavie Town Hall. Tickets £4/£3.50.

Other events include the ever popular Afternoon Tea at Mugdock Country Park, followed by poetry and music with Tawona Sithole and Leela Soma on Friday 9th.

The libraries are also heavily involved, together with the local churches.

Other events that have been confirmed include: September 7 at 7.30pm Lillie Art Gallery Milngavie will host a Flutes en Route by Milngavie Music Club. Tickets £5 including glass of wine/soft drink; also on 7 September 7pm Mugdock Country Park: Fiona Martynoga talking about Scottish Woodlands. Tickets £5.

8 September 7pm Mugdock Country Park: Peter Wright - Ribbon of Wildness– Discovering the Watershed of Scotland. Tickets £5.

Saturday 10 September, the former Courtroom, Milngavie: a day of ticketed children’s activities/workshops.

Authors include Moira Munro and Janey Louise Jones. Storyplaytime with The Moomins and Peepo! Tickets £3-£5 per session (including tea/coffee for accompanying adults).

10 September: full day of music and entertainment in Milngavie Precinct. Headline act Them Beatles take to the Precinct stage at 2pm. Dunbartonshire Wind Ensemble and Blue Dubh are back this year by popular demand. Street entertainment, stalls, art fair and activities and many more free events.

Saturday 10 September, 8pm, Cairns Church Milngavie: Grand finale Fish and Chips and Champagne crime night. Go along and enjoy a fish supper and a glass of bubbly in the company of Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham. Tickets £15.

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The final programme comes out July 14. Tickets will be available at Milngavie Bookshop, Art Forum and other venues as well as on-line six weeks before the festival.

Project manager Alison Hughes said they have had a great response for volunteers to distribute the programme, but were still looking for more to help. Contact her on, 07941793585.