Mearns to host event as part of top Scottish literary festival

One of Scotland’s most popular literary festivals will announce its line-up this week and for the first time will feature an event in the Mearns.

Word – the University of Aberdeen writers festival – will welcome some of the biggest names in the literary world to the Granite City with newscaster John Suchet, and novelists Ian Banks and Margaret Atwood topping the bill.

Arbuthnott’s Grassic Gibbon Centre is to host the first event in the festival’s history to take place in the Mearns on Saturday May 14 at 2pm.

Shetlander Robert Alan Jamieson – a poet, novelist and entertaining reader – will discuss his work. This will be followed by home bakes and readings from Gibbon’s work from local authors.

Sarah Barnes, Word festival co-ordinator, said: “The Festival is an important part of the University of Aberdeen’s commitment to the wider community and we are delighted to be able to bring this special event to the Mearns.

“We’re very proud to be the only UK university that organises a literary festival and one that has become such a highlight of the cultural calendar of the North. We are pleased to team up with a centre dedicated to one of the north-east’s finest writers to put on this Word event.

“Thanks to our many public and private funding partners - especially our joint title sponsors Talisman Energy and the Wood Group - we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, with increases kept to a minimum and many events still free.”

Tickets for the Grassic Gibbon Centre event are £5 for more details visit www.grassicgibbon.com or call 01561 361668.

The full word programme can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/word and tickets for all events are available from Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122 from Monday March 28.