Imprint Book Festival

We can’t quite believe that Imprint, East Ayrshire's Book Festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Over the years, it has attracted a wealth of well-known authors and emerging writers and this year is no different!

Previously having welcomed the likes of Val McDermid, Kirsty Wark, Sandy Toksvig, Tony Robinson, Elaine C. Smith, James Kelman, Christopher Brookmyre, Joanne Harris and Neil Oliver to name but a few.

Imprint 2017 takes place throughout the whole month of October and the line-up includes John Niven, Graeme Obree, Graham Masteron and Elly Griffiths. Join us for what is set to be another fantastic festival.

This year's line-up:

Cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster Graeme Obree opens Imprint 2017 on Monday 2 October at the Dick Institute. Graeme is the author of two books so far a well as a regular contributor to TV and radio and often discusses issues in relation to cycling and mental health.

On Wednesday 4th, join Catherine Simpson and her daughter and inspiration, Nina Mega. Catherine's debut novel 'Truestory' tells the story of a mother raising a child with autism which was inspired by her experience raising her own daughter.

On Thursday 5th October Scottish author and screenwriter John Niven will be in conversation with David F. Ross. Born in Irvine John has worked for a variety of record companies but left the music industry to write fill-time. His breakthrough novel kill Your Friends is a satire on the industry.

We're delighted to welcome Kilmarnock's own Graeme Macrae Burnet to the Dick Institute on Monday 9 October. Graeme won the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013. The award winning 'His Bloody Project' has been optioned for screen. Imprint patron Zoe Strachan will host the evening.

Jenni Harrison will host a Book Origami Workshop on Tuesday 10 October also at the Dick Institute. This workshop for adults is suitable for all skill levels.

Our Gaelic evening this year features Murdo McFarlane and Margaret MacLeod and there will be bilingual conversation and song at Auchinleck Library in the company of Catriona Murray, Margaret MacLeod and Ishbel Murray.

Don't miss the chance to meet bestselling crime novelist Elly Griffiths and find out about the inspiration behind Dr Ruth Galloway, one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction. You can meet Elly on Thursday 12 October at 7pm.

Join us to hear Beatrice Colin discuss her latest moving and memorable novel 'To Capture What We Cannot Keep' which charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

BAFTA Scotland award winning photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie gives an illustrated talk on his multimedia project and accompanying book 'Disappearing Glasgow'. Wednesday 25 October, 7pm.

Meet Graham Masterton - CANCELLED due to personal circumstances. 

We also have an exciting schools programme with a range of events for ages 3-18 years - see brochure opposite.


The festival will round up with the Imprint 2017 Prize Giving evening of Friday 1 December where the short-listed winners read their work during an entertaining evening.

Tickets for the above events are available from What's On.