Kirsty Wark and Ann Cleeves lead the charge to Moray

Ann Cleeves - Vera and Shetland author to open book festival
Ann Cleeves – Vera and Shetland author to open book festival

A SPECTACULAR LINEUP has been booked for Moray’s premier literary event, the Spirit of Moray Book Festival – led by TV presenter and author Kirsty Wark and leading crime writer Ann Cleeves.

Kicking off on September 15, the annual festival will once again be packed solid with readings, talks and workshops for people of every age group and interest.

One of the UK’s most popular crime writers, Ann Cleeves, will be at the official launch event where she will introduce her new novel ‘The Moth Catcher’.  Ann will also discuss her writing career and the ITV and BBC adaptations of her books – including the stunning Shetland series and the cases of down to earth Geordie detective Vera Stanhope.

Head of Libraries at Moray Council, Sheila Campbell, said that enquiries about the festival are arriving from all over: “We’ve had people on the phone trying to book places already, so we expect to be busy taking bookings when we start on the 17th.

“I’m delighted with the quality of programme we’ve been able to present this year. It celebrates the power and importance of reading in what promises to be our best programme yet.

“It’s an opportunity to talk about and share books, favourite authors and titles, and I’m sure everyone will love it.”

There will once again be a programme for young readers offering a range of authors who will entertain, educate and enthral. A full primary schools programme will run alongside the main festival events from Wednesday to Friday.

As part of Scotland’s year of food and drink Sue Lawrence will share her passion for Scottish cooking and baking, as well as Olive Geddes looking at Scotland’s relationship with food and drink throughout history.

There is an extended programme of fascinating talks for afternoon audiences and the new Cobb’s café at Elgin Library will be open to provide refreshments throughout the festival.

The booking office opens on Monday, August 17 – individual session tickets are £5 and concessions £4, or people can purchase a £35 festival ticket that allows access to any adult event at The Spirit of Moray Book Festival 2015.

To book visit Elgin Library or call during library hours on 01343 562623. Alternatively, booking will be available online via