Imprint Book Festival

Download 2017's Imprint Festival Writing Competition application form opposite. Entries open Sat 1 July and close Thursday 31 August. If you're looking for inspiration you can also read some of 2016's successful entries opposite.


The festival itself takes place in October and runs throughout the month, the festival also includes the Writing Award Prize Giving ceremony.

2016 featured 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'.

We also welcomed 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 also delivered 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 featured ‘Suffragette Stories’ with Ajay Close and Lucy Ribchester discussing the story of Scottish suffragettes.

There was a bit of a journalistic theme running through 2016's event as six time winner of the Scottish Press Award, feature writer Peter Ross, joined BBC Radio Scotland presenter Theresa Talbot in conversation.

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

Rounding off this section Hugh McIlvanney joined Graham Speirs in conversation, in a lively evening where Hugh shared experiences from his remarkable career with characteristic insight, wit and wry humour.

The entertaining and full schedule also featured 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 had 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 rounded off with the Imprint 2016 Prize Giving evening on 25 November where the short-listed winners read their work during an entertaining evening.


2016 Imprint Writing Competition - Shortlisted & Winning Entries

Poetry Category

Joan Elliot: Kintyre Terminal At Dawn  - First Prize

Alison Craig: Where  - Runner –up

Frank McHugh: Hauf A Lion/ Half A Lion – Highly Commended


Ross McGregor: Orange trainers and the flashing wheels

Rosie Mapplebeck: Black and white wisdom

David Satherley: Ferri’s Café Close


Prose Category

 David Taylor: Brushstrokes – First Prize

Jill Korn: The Lady With The Map – Runner - up

Linda Brown: No Shame – Highly Commended


Billy Middleton: Fantasy Yoga Class

Jack Muir: Don’t DIY

Shirley-Anne Weir: Less Than Perfect


You can enjoy some of the prize winning and shortlisted entries opposite.