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, Christoher 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. Gramem is 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 rasing 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 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 insitute on Moday 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 present a Book Origami Workshop on Tuesday 10 October also at the Dick Institute, the workshop for adults is suitbal efor 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 momorable novel 'To Capture What We Cannot Keep' which charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer set against the constructoin 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 - Horror writer and creator of Manitou Friday 27 October at 7pm at the Dick Insititute. Since then Graham has published more than 35 horror stories. Born in Edinburgh, he now lives in Surrey and has just finished writing a black thriller featuring Ireland's only female detective superintendent - Katie Maguire.

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.


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.


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.