MacBride to add a spark of murder mystery to Moray festival

Stuart MacBride - headlining the Moray Book Festival in two weeks.
Stuart MacBride – headlining the Moray Book Festival in two weeks.

THE FAST APPROACHING Spirit of Moray Book Festival has once again seen a high demand for tickets for the packed programme.

Running from September 13 to 17, the Elgin Library based events are offering a blend of new and established Scottish authors and illustrators whose work is aimed at children, schools, families and adults.

Top authors featuring this time around include Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, Chris Brookmyre, Mairi Hedderwick and David Torrance.

For crime fiction fans Stuart MacBridge’s inclusion in the programme will spark the greatest interest, his work having been top of the list of most-borrowed titles from Moray’s libraries over the last year. Val McDermid is making a festival debut and is set to be ‘Killing People for Fun and Profit’ in the Friday evening session.

Two events for young people outwith the schools’ programme sees John Fardell and Pamela Butchart making appearances. Pamela was overall winner of this year’s Children’s Book Award and her book ‘My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat’ won the category for book for young readers.

Whole families are being encouraged to join in the Saturday morning Bookbug Picnic for stories, rhymes and songs.

Tickets are £5 for adult sessions and £3 for children’s public sessions and are available at or from Elgin library.

Cobbs Café will again be extending its opening hours to provide light suppers before the evening events.