Imprint Book Festival

Imprint 2018 opens with An Evening with Liam McIlvanney on Monday 15 October at the Dick Institute and we have a SPECIAL OFFER you can buy your ticket and Liam's latest book for £20. 
(Must be bought in advance. Book RRP £12.99) 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Liam discuss his work and his latest book in his home town. “This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I am still haunted by the characters and the place”  Ann Cleeves


The festival continues with a workshop featuring HeART Journaling with Ruthie Redden on Wednesday 17 October· 11am-1pm also at Dick Institute. Come along and be inspired. 'HeART journaling' is all about creative play and self-discovery - all you need is a plain page journal/sketchbook and the desire to be creative.

Join Gerda Stevenson for Quines: Poems In Tribute To Women Of Scotland - Thursday 18 October.Gerda will discuss and read from her latest critically acclaimed book QUINES: Poems in Tribute to Women of Scotland - a collection of poetry giving voice to 68 remarkable women of Scotland from BC to the 21st century.


On Friday 19 October we welcome Alexandra Sokoloff and Craig Robertson.  Alexandra Sokoloff is a bestselling, author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and her books "some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre"

Craig Robertson, is a former journalist who had a 20-year career before becoming a full-time author. His gritty crime novels are set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger.. His new novel, The Photographer, is the seventh in the Narey and Winter series and is out now. Suitable for 16YRS+


This year's Gaelic Evening on Thursday 23 October at the Dick Institute is entitledd Muir is Tir: Sea and Land. Join renowned singer, Margaret MacLeod who provides Gaelic tuition to a number of adult learner groups in Glasgow for an evening of eatures readings, poetry, singing and chat . This evening will be particularly suitable for adult learners and anyone with an interest in Gaelic culture and language. Suitable for 16+.

If you're a budding writer you'll find our workshop Characterisation and Dialogue: A Writing Workshop with Theresa Talbot interesting and informative. Come along on Wednesday 24 October
and find out how to breathe life into characters, looking at their flaws, conflicts and point of view. We'll also discuss how to ensure your dialogue is authentic, shines off the page and is fun to write.


Glasgow author and rising social media personality, who has been compared to Limmy and Irvine Welsh, Chris McQueer is in Conversation with David F Ross on Thursday 25 October at the Dick Institute.
Chris McQueer’s debut book Hings, brings together an array of short stories which won the attention of the public and a book deal. His second collection of short stories is being published in late 2018. Between writing his first and second books of short stories, Chris also had his first novella Leathered published.
(Will contain language which may offend.)


Alan Taylor An Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark, Friday 26 October at the Dick Institute.
Appointment in Arezzo, publishedin 2018 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel's birth, is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century.With sources ranging from notebooks kept from his very first encounter with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh's premiere novelists.


Doug Allan, Wildlife Cameraman and Adventurer, discusses Life Behind the Lens on Monday 29 October in the Grand Hall.
This evening is sure to be very popular so book early. Doug Allan is one of the world’s most respected cameramen, best known for BBC wildlife and expedition series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Forces of Nature. In this presentation, he’ll describe highlights from his 35 year career filming wildlife. Every picture tells a story, and Doug’s Life Behind the Lens will have plenty of both.
"Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan" - Sir David Attenborough.


Meet the Author – Mick Kitson on Wednesday 31 October at the Dick Institute. Kitson studied English at university before launching the prolific 80s pop band, The Senators, with his brother Jim. He worked as a journalist for several years, then went on to become an English teacher.
Sal is his first novel is filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, it's a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things…..
An Observer ‘New Face of Fiction 2018’

Join Kate Humble at Cumnock Town Hall for a fascinating talk about her new book - Thinking On My Feet - as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There's also a unique chance to go 'behind the camera' as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about filming.

Contact 01563 554300 for tickets or book online.


2018's Imprint Writing Competition is now closed and there will be a Writing Award Prize Giving at the Dick Institute on Wed 21 Nov where you can hear a variety of Ayrshire's most talented writers read from their own work.

In the meantime you can read the shortlisted winners from our 2017 competition opposite.

Prose category

1st prize - Suzy Kelly “Thrum”
2nd prize - Gail McPartland “The Guy in the Middle”

Poetry category
1st prize - Tracy Harvey “Lowsin’ Time“
2nd prize - Jennifer West “The Mirrored Smile”
Commended - Tracy Harvey “The Brae Tops”

The other shortlisted finalists were:
Prose - Linda Brown, Jill Korn and Chris Palmer
Poetry - Tony Davison and Caroline Johnstone