Imprint Book Festival

Imprint 2018 opened with An Evening with Liam McIlvanney in October. Liam discussed his work and his latest book. “This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I am still haunted by the characters and the place”  Ann Cleeves


The festival continued with a workshop featuring HeART Journaling with Ruthie Redden, Gerda Stevenson presented Quines: Poems In Tribute To Women Of Scotland and we also welcomed Alexandra Sokoloff and Craig Robertson to the venue.


Former journalist Craig Robertson discussed his gritty crime novels set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. A we had our annual Gaelic Evenine on Thursday 23 October. 


Theresa Talbot's Characterisation and Dialogue: Writing Workshop was interesting and informative and Glasgow author and rising social media personality Chris McQueer thoroughly entertained in conversation with David Ross.


Alan Taylor discussed An Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark based on interviews and his friendship with Spark.


Demand was such that Wildlife Cameraman and Adventurer Dog Allan's visit had to be moved to the Grand Hall. He more than lived up to expectations, telling tales of near misses and 35 years of wildlife filming."Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan" - Sir David Attenborough.


Author Mick Kitson also appeared and BBCs Kate Humble rounded of this year's festival at Cumnock Town Hall.


2018's Imprint Writing Competition was announced at the end of November and the winners are listed below. With entries listed opposite.


First Prize Prose – Once Upon a Seventies Summer by Linda Brown

2nd Equal Prose – Immoveable Feast by Jan Braysher and The Viewing by Dorothy Gallagher

Third Prize Prose – Letters to Nowhere by Jamie Redgate


First Prize Poetry – Parting Words by Dorothy Gallagher

2nd Equal Poetry – Linger by Joan Elliott and I’m still considering by Ruby McCann

Third Prize Poetry – Crimson Joy by Tony Davison


Shortlisted Entries

Nature’s Counterpane by Greta Yorke

Promised Land by Tony Davison

Off The Grid by Susan McVey

An Unwelcome Presence by Chris Palmer

Tomorrow’s Saviour by Linda Brown