Join award-winning Author, Literary Agent, and Commissioning Editor Allan Guthrie as he helps you navigate the world of publishing. Allan will discuss the importance of the Literary Agent in the publishing process, and how to go about finding the right Agent for your work, in order to secure that elusive publishing deal.
Allan Guthrie is the author of five novels, including TWO-WAY SPLIT, which won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and three novellas,including BYE BYE BABY, which was an Amazon top-ten bestseller. A year after he was first published, he went over to the dark side and became a literary agent, working with Jenny Brown Associates for a decade until co-founding The North Literary Agency in October 2017. In 2011 he co-founded Blasted Heath, Scotland’s first digital publishing company, and he currently works as a commissioning editor for German publisher Bastei Luebbe’s English-language division and for a new short fiction publisher based in the US.
Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo and is a networking event for creative people. Throughout Scotland, many ‘creative hubs’ have been delivering Pecha Kucha events and have found them to be an extremely successful way of promoting the fantastic activities taking place within their local creative industry sectors.
During a Pecha Kucha evening, a number of presenters will make an accelerator pitch for their business or idea by showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each, thus the title ‘Pecha Kucha 20×20’. Presentations are designed to be informative and entertaining.
Pecha Kucha Dunfermline has been organised as part of the ‘Create in Fife’ programme. Create in Fife comes under the banner of Fife Cultural Trust and supports the creative and cultural sector by providing networking opportunities such as this
Award-winning, Dunfermline-born wildlife cameraman and presenter Doug Allan is famous for his work in cold, remote places on BBC series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Forces of Nature. With a wealth of stories and pictures, Doug will take you up close to the animals that live in the wildest places on earth and describe highlights from his 35 year career. He will also talk about what we should be doing about the crucial environmental issues facing our planet. Audience Q&A.
Writer Gregory Burke was born in Dunfermline in 1968. His debut play Gagarin Way won multiple awards while smash hit Black Watch won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play, the South Bank Show Theatre Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and has been performed around the world. Burke’s film ’71 was nominated for Best British Film and Best British Debut at the 2015 British Academy Film Awards with the screenplay winning Best Writer Film/TV at the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2016. For this event, Gregory will be in conversation with Dunfermline artist Alan Grieve.
Age Category (All Ages)
Best-selling author Daniel Kalder makes a welcome return to his hometown of Dunfermline to talk about his latest work Dictator Literature. In what’s sure to be an entertaining evening, Daniel will appear in conversation with journalist Jackie McGlone as they take an unforgettable look at the power of the pen. From Hitler’s Mein Kampf to Mao’s Little Red Book, the event will journey into the literary night to discover what these books reveal about the dictatorial soul.
Daniel Kalder was born and raised in Dunfermline, where he attended Queen Anne High School before studying English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. In 1997, after spending a month working as a civil servant, he decided to escape what promised to be a lifetime of comfortable boredom and moved to Russia at the high point of Yeltsin-era gangster capitalism. Originally planning to stay for a year only, he became fascinated by what he saw there and spent the better part of the next decade working, living, and travelling in and around the former Soviet Union.
His travels in the ethnic republics of European Russia led to his pioneering work of “anti-tourism”, Lost Cosmonaut (2006), while his second book, Strange Telescopes (2008) saw him dive deep into the psychic wreckage of post-Soviet Russia and become one of the first western writers to interview Vissarion Christ, an ex-Soviet traffic cop turned messiah living on top of a mountain in Siberia. In 2006 Kalder traveled to the Central Asian dictatorship of Turkmenistan, which sparked a fascination for the writings of tyrants. After spending almost a decade reading and researching the poetry, novels and theoretical works of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Mao and many other tyrants, he published his third book, the critically acclaimed Dictator Literature (2018).
In addition, Kalder has written for The Guardian, Esquire, the Times Literary Supplement and many other publications around the world, and has written and presented for BBC radio. He moved to Austin, Texas twelve years ago and has no plans to leave any time soon.
Dictator Literature reviews:
‘I enjoyed this book a great deal . . . it’s actually a rather snappy read.’ Will Self, Guardian
‘A fascinating study…partly an enjoyable romp but mostly a sombre sidelong-glance history of 20th-century totalitarianism.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Brisk, and full of antic fun.’ New Statesman
‘Kalder is our cheeky and irreverent guide to the (generally aggressively tedious) prose by history’s despots.’ Tatler
‘Daniel Kalder…deserves a medal…Dictator Literature is a great book…An insightful book, but also a funny one.’ The Times
Jackie McGlone is an Edinburgh-based freelance feature writer specialising in profiles and features for colour magazines, as well as interviews with leading figures in the arts, internationally renowned authors and celebrities, from Paul Auster and Margaret Atwood to the late Joan Rivers. She chairs a number of events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and has also mediated at author events in New York and at the British Library, in London. Born and educated in the north of England, she was the first woman deputy editor of a Scottish newspaper and has held executive posts on The Observer, The Sunday Standard, The Evening Times, The Scotsman and The Herald.
You can’t beat a baddie everyone loves to hate. Join children’s author Juliette Forrest who will help you create some memorable baddies. Drawing inspiration from some infamous wicked characters, we’ll create our very own despicable villains from scratch. Watch out, they’re behind you!
After finishing school, Juliette left Scotland for the bright lights of London where she trained as an art director and worked in the creative departments of advertising agencies, winning awards for her TV, radio, press and poster campaigns. Wanting a life of adventure, she packed her bags and travelled around the world, where she stayed with the Karen people in Thailand, dived the Great Barrier Reef, explored Malaysian jungles, visited the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island in Hong Kong and hared across America by Greyhound Bus. Winning a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust gave Juliette the support she needed to complete her first novel Twister, which was snapped up by Scholastic and published in February 2018. Juliette lives in Glasgow and loves exploring the great outdoors with her rescue dog – even though she has a sneaking suspicion he is the one taking her for a walk.
Age category – Children 8-12 years
Award-winning Estelle Maskame will read from her latest novel JUST DON’T MENTION IT. This latest book sees her return to the popular series DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU? Estelle will talk about the trilogy and why she’s returned to it by writing a book from Tyler’s perspective. Audience Q&A and book signing
Join bestselling internet sensation Chris McQueer who will be reading from the sensational Hings, as well as trying out some new, never-before-heard stories from his new collection. A must-see event with Scotland’s next great writing talent.
Chris McQueer is an author from the east end of Glasgow. His first book, Hings, a collection of surreal short stories, was published last summer by 404 Ink and was described as, “Limmy meets Irvine Welsh”. Hings also won the award for best short story collection at this year’s Saboteur awards. Chris’ first novella, called Leathered, was published earlier this year by Speculative Books and sold out its first print run within four hours. Chris is working on his second collection of short stories just now which he hopes to have out later this year.
Mash will be entertaining you with scrumptious stories, delectable ditties and rhymes worth rolling off the tongue! These storytelling sessions incorporate songs, props and joining-in-fun for wee ones and their families. Discover the favourite food of fairies and join in with the “Fitness Fruit Salad” song!
This is a free but ticketed event. Tickets are available from 17 August.
Join literary consultant and editor Claire Wingfield for a workshop on the routes to publication and achieving your publishing goals.
Claire Wingfield is an editor and literary consultant who lives in Dunfermline. She works with writers at all stages, on fiction and non-fiction, and is the author of creative-writing handbook 52 Dates for Writers – Ride a Tandem, Assume an Alias and 50 Other Ways to Improve Your Novel Draft. She runs writing and publishing workshops at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Library and Galleries and blogs about writing and publishing at www.clairewingfield.co.uk.
In the Blink of an Eye: The Work and Women of Edinburgh artist David Octavius Hill. is a re-imagining of the life of this Edinburgh artist whose second wife was Amelia Paton of Dunfermline.
In this event, Ali will read extracts from her second novel In the Blink of an Eye. The novel explores the life and work of iconic Edinburgh artist and photographer David Octavius Hill. She will consider the role of Hill’s wife, Amelia Paton alongside the other women in Hill’s life.
Ali Bacon (aka Alison Hay) was born in Dunfermline and attended school there. Her first novel, A Kettle of Fish was published in 2012. Her first historical novel, In the Blink of an Eye, marries her passion for fiction and early photography, exploring as it does the iconic partnership of Octavius Hill and Adamson (1843-47) and its impact on the life of Hill. In the Blink of an Eye has been long-listed for The People’s Book Prize and excerpts have been performed at the St Andrews Photography and Cheltenham Literature festivals.
So you want to be a writer? A panel of published authors, new writers, and professionals from the world of publishing will be on hand to talk about their experience of writing, and publishing, and to provide expert advice to help you get your writing started, finished, and published. Audience Q & A.