Ticket rush for Milngavie’s Book and Arts Festival

TICKETS are selling fast for Milngavie’s fifth Book and Arts Festival, with something to suit all ages and tastes.

The five-day cultural extravaganza – which begins on Tuesday, September 4 – coincides with The Lillie Art Gallery’s 50th anniversary.

Events being held at the gallery include demonstrations by artists on Saturday, September 8, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Well-known Milngavie artist Gordon Wilson and various other experts will be showing their techniques in the inspirational setting of the gallery’s current exhibition – comprising 50 fabulous works from the permanent collection.

Gordon Wilson’s work will also be included in a free exhibition in Art Forum on Station Road on Saturday, September 8 – with a private viewing on Friday, August 31.

Comedian and broadcaster Fred McAuley (pictured) offically opens the festival at The Lillie Art Gallery at 6.30pm on September 4.

This will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of new authors, including Milngavie writers Leela Soma and Kenneth 

They will be talking about the issues facing authors in the new digital age.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who’d like to write to learn from the personal experiences of published writers.

Susan Frize from Milngavie Bookshop – the festival organiser – said: “We are really looking forward to the week – especially all the school children coming down to the precinct to hear readings from authors.

“Sally Magnusson will be here this year to read from her new children’s book ‘Horace and the Haggis Hunter’, which is really exciting.

“Tickets are selling really well already especially for our famous fish, chips, champagne and crime night in Cairns Church on Saturday, September 8.”

School pupils will also be able to hear readings from Allan Burnett, the author of a history book of Scotland for children, Victoria Campbell who wrote ‘Viking Gold’ and Linda Strachan with her latest book for young children ‘Hamish McHaggis and the Great Glasgow Treasure Hunt.’

For adults there will be an interesting talk on Thursday, September 6, in Milngavie Bookshop at 7.30pm by Fi Martynoga, author of ‘A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests’, and Dr Catriona Stewart – who has a PHD in herbal medicine in Scotland.

They will speak about how foraged food and herbal medicine go hand in hand.

Herbal refreshments and food from the wild will be included in the price of the ticket £8/£7 concession.

Pick up the complete festival listing brochure at Milngavie Bookshop or go online at www.milngaviefestival.org.uk