Imprint Book Festival

Imprint Book Festival returns with a sparkling array of Scotland's literary talent; showcased in author talks, events and kids' activities

Imprint is on sale now and it looks like it will be one of the best festivals yet.

The festival starts on 3 October and runs throughout October, coming to a final conclusion during Book Week Scotland with the 2016 Writing Award Prize Giving ceremony on Friday 25 November. 

The festival begins on October 3rd with author Joanne Harris whose much-loved international bestseller 'Chocolat' was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then she has written 15 more novels and two collections of short stories. Join us to hear Joanne discuss her writing career and her latest book in the Malbry series 'Different Class'.

Our next author evening features gifted, award winning writer Louise Welsh. Come along and meet this highly entertaining and multi-talented author of seven successful novels, including her most recent ‘Death is a Welcome Guest’. Louise will also deliver a writing workshop alongside Imprint patron Zoe Strachan discussing where ideas come from, finding inspiration and getting your thoughts onto the page.

The programme also features ‘Suffragette Stories’ with Ajay Close and Lucy Ribchester discussing the story of Scottish suffragettes.

There is a bit of a journalistic theme running through this year's event as we welcome six time winner of the Scottish Press Award, feature writer Peter Ross, in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland presenter Theresa Talbot.

Young Soul Rebel and professional journalist Stuart Cosgrove will visit the Dick Institute, he'll be joining David Ross to discuss his love for northern soul and his new bestseller 'Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History of Northern Soul'.

Rounding off this section is Hugh McIlvanney in conversation with Graham Speirs in what is sure to be a lively conversation as Hugh shares experiences from his remarkable career with characteristic insight, wit and wry humour.

The entertaining and full schedule also features a Gaelic Evening with reflections on poems and songs of the Campbells of Lochboisdale and the chance to make a Memory Book with paper artist Rachel Hazell.

For younger audiences we have a Railway Children Workshop at Cumnock Library, and the chance to meet Mairi Hedderwick, the creator of The Story of Katie Morag in conversation with Martin McCreadie, one of the writers on the TV series.

The festival rounds up with the Imprint 2016 Prize Giving evening on 25 November where the short-listed winners will read their work in what is sure to be an entertaining evening.


If any of these events have peaked your interest, find out more & book your tickets below.

Joanne Harris 3 October 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Suffragettes Stories 4 october 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Gaelic Evening 5 October 7pm £5 Auchinleck Library - Booking & info

Railway Children Workshop 6 october 6-7.30pm FREE Cumnock Library 5-8yrs - Booking & info

Peter Ross & Theresa Talbot 6 October 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Writing Workshop Louise Welsh/Zoe Strachan 7 October 4-6pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Author Event Louise Welsh 7 October 7.30pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Make A Memory Book 10 October 11-4.30pm £20 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Stuart Cosgrove 10 October 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Hugh McIlvanney & Graham Speirs 12 October 7pm £10 Palace Theatre - Booking & info

The Story of katie Morag 22 october 11am £3 Dick Institute Family Event - Booking & info

Imprint Prize Giving 25 November 7pm £2 Dick Institute - Booking & info



Imprint Writing Award 2016

Entries have now closed for the prestigious Imprint Writing Award which aims to help encourage and support emerging Ayrshire writers. Imprint patron, Zoe Strachan, along with colleagues from the renowned University of Glasgow’s Edwin Morgan School of Creative Writing, will be judging the award.

There are two categories – one for prose and one for poetry. First prize for each category is £200 with £50 runner-up prize for each category. The theme is open. Word limit is 1500 words for prose and unlimited for poetry.

Winners will be announced at the Imprint Writing Awards held during Book Week Scotland in November 2016.


Read the winning entries from last year opposite.

Imprint Competition 2015 Winners and shortlisted

1st Prize Prose Category : Dorothy Gallagher  - Special Delivery

Runner-up Prose Category: Abigail Hogg – Wash Day Woes

1st Prize Poetry: Joan Elliott – Chicks

Runner-up Poetry: James Conn – Let It Be Me

Short-listed entries

A Peace of Eden - Greta Yorke

The Barn - Yvonne Jack

The Cormorant - Jennifer West