Tickets are free for all but one event on 17th November – see below – and may be ordered from the website, via Eventbrite or collected from libraries and RBS in Juniper Green and may also be available at the door. Note separate booking arrangements for the two walks.

A voluntary collection will be taken at the end of each event to support future festivals.

This year’s festival offers fun and enlightenment for every age group in Colinton, Currie and Juniper Green and has attracted some of Scotland’s most talented writers, academics and educators. Early booking is advised.

Speaker/Leader Event Date and time Venue Description
Alan Bissett

Moira Monologues

Fri 11, 7.30pm

Tanners Pub

Juniper Green

Alan performs his one woman play about Moira Bell ‘the hardest woman in Falkirk’. Suitable for adults only.
Chris Sangwin How Round is my Pizza? Thu 17, 7.30pm Al Borgo, Juniper Green Scientific supper and a look at the ideas on which engineers rely but we take for granted. £10 ticket buys pizza and ice cream supper.
Liz Beevers Guided history walk

Sat 19, 10.30am -1.00pm

Meet at Currie Library 10.30 By minibus to start of walk to discover Currie poet James Thomson’s poems and places. Essential to book early by phone on 0131 453 4517.
Jennifer Robertson Wojtek the Bear

Mon 21, 3.30pm

Colinton Library

For 7-14 year-olds. Jennifer reads from her book about the war hero bear and answers questions. Bear related craft activities.

Kathleen Jamie Poetry talk and discussion Mon 21, 6.30pm Currie Library The award winning poet and essayist, a former Currie High pupil, returns to share her work.
Alison Lindsay Treasures from the National Records Tue 22, 10.00am

General Register House,

2 Princes Street

Explore the National Records of Scotland with an experienced archivist. Essential to obtain tickets in advance.
Margaret Bennett Beyond the Border Tues 22, 7.30pm Juniper Green Bowling Club Walter Scott’s minstrelsy in story and song, with wine tasting and music.
Duncan Campbell Guided walk with RLS

Wed 23, 10am

Meet at top of Colinton Long Steps A 90 minute walk on Colinton’s poetry trail, finishing at The Swing café, Colinton Church. Tickets from Colinton & Currie Libraries only.
Library Staff Teddybears’ Sleepover Wed 23, 2.30pm Currie Library For children aged 3-5, stories and songs. Bring a soft toy (second best) and find out what teddybears get up to at night.
Joyce Caplan Burns: Ae Fond Kiss Wed 23, 6.30pm Colinton Library The Chair of the Poetry Association of Scotland explores Burns’s love poems and introduces the women who inspired them.
Meet the Local Author event

Local authors and

their books

Thu 24, 10:00am- 1:00pm Colinton Library Drop in at any time to chat with five local authors informally and/or sign up for a 30 minute talk every half hour from 10.30am.
David and Thomas Dads Rock Thu 24, 10.30am Juniper Green Church Hall 2, For children under 5, high energy songs, stories and music.

Ruth Shannon

Cooking the Book

Thu 24, 2.00pm

Colinton Library

Ruth talks about her career and the writing of ‘Scottish Country Kitchen’ with useful tips and tasty samples.
Carol Tweedie Fair Isle Ghosts Thu 24, 3.30pm Colinton Library How a box of old photos in a Currie attic inspired research that led to a book about Shetland’s most remote island.
Christopher Brookmyre Crime writing Thu 24, 6.30pm Currie Library Chris Brookmyre, eminent award winning crime novelist, on his latest book, ‘Black Widow’.
Library Staff Teddybears’ sleepover Fri 25, 2.30pm Colinton Library For children aged 3-5, stories and songs. Bring a soft toy (second best) and find out what teddybears get up to at night.
Catherine Czerkawska ‘The Jewel’, Jean Armour and Robert Burns

Fri 25, 7.30pm

Porteous’s service room, Juniper Green Novelist and playwright Catherine Czerkawska reads from and talks on the background of her biographical novel about Jean Armour.
Tweet Your Street Community event

Sat 26, 2.00pm

Currie High School Library Primary school children from Currie and Juniper Green, inspired by Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca, read poems about their streets. Additional entertainment supplied by our Community Choir.
Prof Ian Campbell Writing for Prizes Sat 26, 7.30pm Hall 2, JG Parish Church Professor Campbell, chief Saltire Award judge, on choosing winners of writing competitions. Presentation of prizes by Prof. Campbell to the winners of our own writing competition for young people.

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