Festival of Reading – The Past on the Page

Festival of Reading

Celebrating Reading at Innerpeffray!

Reading: what does it mean to you? Is it a solitary escapism, your nose between real or ‘e-book’ pages? Do you enjoy listening to a good book spoken aloud, audio-books that are traditional storytelling for the twenty-first century?

The Library of Innerpeffray has been championing reading since 1680 and in September will be celebrating words in the library’s inaugural Festival of Reading.

2021 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, known as the ‘father of historical fiction’, so the theme for this year’s event is the past on the page, with and exhibition and workshops, talks, family activities and library tours.

For four days the historic site by the river will be alive with words in every format, from comic-strip to literary classics, poetry, prose and a pop-up café!

The library’s founder, Lord Madertie, wanted his books to be ‘for the benefit of all’ so if you revel in tall tales, relish a good yarn, or just  wonder where a writer’s words come from, then from September 8th – 11th, the Innerpeffray Festival of Reading will be the place to go.

Festival Programme

We are delighted to bring you talks and special events from ten Tayside writers with a wide range of topics around our theme of The Past on the Page. Click on each session for a more full description and to book.

Festival Talk Ticket available for five talks over 10th and 11th September, a free goody bag of treats and complimentary coffee throughout. Book here for this special early bird offer that expires on 15th August. (Please note details of the five talks included .)

Wed 8th Sept at 7pm
FOIL talk: A Sky Full of Kites with Tom Bowser
Organised by Friends of Innerpeffray Library
More details

Thu 9th Sept at 10.30am – 12.30pm
Flat to Fantastic workshop – fun with paper and words with author and historian Steph Haxton More details

Fri 10th Sept at 11am – 12noon
Writing fiction with an eye on the past, Linda Cracknell in conversation
Read more about this session here.

Fri 10th Sept at 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Flights of fact and fiction , Elizabeth Wein in conversation
Read more about the session here.

Fri 10th Sept at 7pm – 8.30pm
Reading Aloud, with Jim C Mackintosh and friends
Read more about the evening here.

Sat 11th Sept at 10.30am- 12noon
Library Lives – how can library records inform family history and tell us about the people of the past? Challenge the Keeper to find a book! In partnership with the Books and Borrowing project. Read more and book tickets here.

Sat 11th Sept at 11am – 12noon
Lost for Words with Natalie Russell for 5 – 11 year olds
A family fun session,limited ticckets available read more and book here.

Sat 11th Sept at 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Turning History into Fiction, Helen Grant in conversation
Read more about this session here.

Sat 11th Sept at 3pm – 4pm
Scott and the Supernatural, with Dr Daniel Cook
Read more about this session here.