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 event starts on 3 October and runs right through to the 2016 Writing Award Prize Giving on 25 November. 

The festival begins 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'.

Further author evenings feature gifted, award winning writer Louise Welsh; who will also deliver a writing workshop with Imprint patron Zoe Strachan.

Renowned author Quentin Jardine will discuss his impressive body of work and writing life..

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

There is also 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.

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

Next up is Hugh McIlvanney in conversation with Graham Speirs in what is sure to be a lively conversation, sharing experiences from his remarkable career with characteristic insight, wit and wry humour.

Bringing this strand to a close is writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli who will join David Ross to discuss David's new book 'The Rise and Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas'. The evening also feaures a guest appearance by Kilmarnock band 'Losing Ground' as 'The Miraculous Vespas'!

The entertaining and full schedule also features a Gaelic Evening with reflections on poems and songs of the Campbells of Lochboisdale, make a Memory Book with paper artist Rachel Hazell and hear the story of a ten week bike ride around Scotland.

For younger audiences we have a Railway Children Workshop at Cumnock Library, The Story of Katie Morag and an illustration competition with a Peter Pan theme.

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 below & book your tickets.

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

Meet Quintin Jardine 21 november 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

Knit 1 Bike 1 24 november 2pm Free but ticketed Cumnock Library - Booking & info

Hardeep Singh Kohli & David Ross 24 November 7pm £5 Dick Institute - Booking & info

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

Peter Pan Illustration Competition Free Closing date 21 October - entry details


Imprint Writing Award 2016

July sees the return of the prestigious Imprint Writing Award 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.


Entry forms are available from East Ayrshire libraries and online opposite

Entries will be accepted from 1 July and the closing date for entries: Wed 31 August.

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


If you need some inspiration 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