Imprint Book Festival

We can’t quite believe that Imprint, East Ayrshire's Book Festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Over the years, it has attracted a wealth of well-known authors and emerging writers and this year was 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 included John Niven, Graeme Obree, Graham Masteron and Elly Griffiths alongside other fantastic guests.

2017 line-up:

Cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster Graeme Obree opened the 2017 festival at the Dick Institute. Graeme is the author of two books well as a regular contributor to TV and radio and often discusses issues in relation to cycling and mental health.

On Wednesday 4th, Catherine Simpson and her daughter and inspiration, Nina Mega joined us. 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 joined David F. Ross in conversation. 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 were also 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 hosted the evening.

Jenni Harrison hosted a Book Origami Workshop for adults n Tuesday 10 October also at the Dick Institute.

This year's Gaelic evening featured Murdo McFarlane and Margaret MacLeod in bilingual conversation and song at Auchinleck Library in the company of Catriona Murray, Margaret MacLeod and Ishbel Murray.

Bestselling crime novelist Elly Griffiths discussed the inspiration behind Dr Ruth Galloway, one of the most engaging characters in modern crime fiction.

Beatrice Colin discussed 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 gave an illustrated talk on his multimedia project and accompanying book 'Disappearing Glasgow'.

There was also an exciting schools programme with a range of events for ages 3-18 years.-


The festival rounded off with the Imprint 2017 Prize Giving evening of Friday 1 December where the short-listed winners (listed below) read their work during an entertaining evening.

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