Open House at the Living Room

30 September 2015

We asked for book-related events that people wanted to bring to the festival. For the final Sunday, we are opening up our Living Room venue for free. 


Sunday 4th October

10.30-11.15am Alexander Hall: Glencairn Memorial Book

Lists of names carved on War Memorials throughout the country mean little without biographical information and military history to accompany them. Glencairn parish now has its very own book - 'The Glencairn Memorial Book'.  Compiled by Alexander Hall and Anthony Murray-Flutter with family research by Eva Adamson and helped by numerous volunteers, all 72 men and 1 woman have entries, as well as other local men who failed to return home in 1918.  


11.30am-12.15pm Lalage Bown: Was It Yesterday? By A M Bown

Lalage's father was at the front for the whole war except when recovering from wounds and won the Military Cross. His book was first published in 1928 and was very well reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, as well as papers in Australia, Canada and New Zelaland. He was a college friend of and had a parallel war with Bevil Quiller-Couch, son of "Q".


12.30-1.15pm Jim Johnson: The Evergreen

It was 1896 that the last Evergreen was published in Edinburgh's Old Town by Patrick Geddes and Colleagues. The Word Bank, with the support of Creative Scotland and the Leverhulme Trust, is launching a new Evergreen as their first publishing venture in October 2015. The Evergreen is a high quality creative and documentary anthology harking back to the Evergreens published by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes. Poetry, fiction, essays on the build environment, social, political, scientific and cultural issues will be presented in four volumes of The Evergreen. 


3-4pm Southlight Launch

Celebrate the launch of the latest edition of Southlight - Dumfries & Galloway's literary magazine. Please bring along your recent publications to share, too.