Judy Murray and Jackie Kay join the line-up for the return of The Saltire Society’s virtual book festival Scot Lit Fest
Judy Murray, Scottish tennis coach and mother to tennis stars Jamie and Andy Murray, will be joining the Saltire Society’s virtual book festival Scot Lit Fest the weekend after Wimbledon to discuss her new book, Knowing The Score. The line-up will also see Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay in conversation with up-and-coming poet Nadine Aisha Jassat across the weekend of July 21st-23rd.
Scot Lit Fest is a virtual book festival run by the Saltire Society, which launched in 2016 as part of the Society’s 80th anniversary. Hosting events and producing content across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, podcasts and Youtube videos, the inaugural festival reached millions in countries all over the world. Scot Lit Fest’s goal is to connect readers with Scottish literature for a weekend no matter where they are in the world.
Estelle Maskame, bestselling YA author of the originally self-published Did I Mention I Love You? trilogy joins the festival to talk about her soon-to-be-published standalone novel Dare to Fall. Kate Milner and Pooja Puri will also be discussing their respective books My Name Is Not Refugee and The Jungle which tackles the topic of displacement for young people.
Kathleen Jamie, winner of 2016's Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year and Book of the Year awards, partakes in a live event at the Saltire Society offices which will be recorded and broadcast on the weekend itself. Jenni Fagan will be talking about the work and legacy of the late Jessie Kesson as three of her books are repackaged and re-released to new audiences this year. There will also be a Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards showcase, spotlighting the successes of this year’s awards, announced following Glasgow Comic Con 2017.
Scottish Gaelic strand #FèisLitAlba returns to discuss Gaelic writing old and new. Stornoway-based Gaelic publisher Acair reach their 40th year in 2017 and will be in conversation with Catriona Lexy Campbell to celebrate their achievements for Gaelic literature. We are also joined by writers Calum MacLeod and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir in conversation with Emily McEwan to explore increasingly important LGBT voices in Gaelic writing.
Following the success of last year’s hilarious Collaborative Crime Creation, in which 16 crime writers took turns to write an original story live on Twitter, the collaboration returns with Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Douglas Skelton and Mark Leggatt losing the character limit for an afternoon of crime writing on Facebook.
The festival will be taking a leap into the spoken word scene with Scot Lit Fest live, an in-person party on the Saturday evening, featuring former BBC Poet-in-Residence Rachel McCrum, Annie George, Inspiring Scotland Bursary for a BAME writer winner, made in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust, and more, hosted by Flint & Pitch’s own Jenny Lindsay. – This sentence is a little confusing, would this make more sense or have I misunderstood the meaning? The festival will be taking a leap into the spoken word scene with Scot Lit Fest live; an in-person party featuring former BBC Poet-in-Residence Rachel McCrum, Inspiring Scotland Bursary for a BAME Writer winner Annie George, and more. Held on the Saturday evening of the festival this event is made in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and will be hosted by Flint & Pitch’s own Jenny Lindsay.
Other authors joining the Scot Lit Fest bill include winner of the Saltire Society Literary Award winners Chitra Ramaswamy and Helen McClory, Michael Pedersen, Ever Dundas, John Young, Scott Hutchinson and more. The full line-up can be found at the new website: scotlitfest.scot.