Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for all the events from the Huntly Library or Orbs Community Bookshop, Huntly.  You can phone to check availability on 01466 792179 or email

We will also be selling them at the door on the day if you have left it to the last minute.  Please come along and support the festival. We look forward to seeing you all there.

The Light and the Dark of the Land

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Have you ever wondered what tales and secrets lurk hidden in the land around? Storyteller and author Grace Banks will lead you in interactive sessions to explore a few of the stories and legends from Scotland, weaving them together with song and/or music.

Join Grace at the Huntly Book Festival on Friday 3rd October for two events in the Brander Library:

11.30am – Ages 9 to 11 – FREE EVENT

4.30pm – All Ages – Tickets £3, on sale soon!

Your friends are close. Your enemies are closer…

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Another fantastic event at Huntly Book Festival – Ajay Close reads from and discusses Trust, a novel about women, men, love and money, following a group of characters from the Miners’ Strike to the aftermath of the recent banking crisis.

Ajay’s first novel, Official and Doubtful, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her play, The Sma Room Séance, toured Scotland in 2012 and was revived at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. As a journalist, she wrote for Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman, Herald,Sunday Herald and others, winning many awards.

Ajay will be appearing at the Brander Library on Sunday 5th October at 2.30pm. Tickets will be £3, on sale from the Brander library very soon.


How Can Scotland Blossom?

Lesley Riddoch

Dispensing with jousts over Devo Max and EU membership, journalist Lesley Riddoch pinpoints buds of growth and the blight holding Scotland back.  She offers a plain-speaking call to restore control to local communities and let the nation flourish. Lesley Riddoch’s latest book poses a question as important as the one Scots must answer on 18 September 2014. Why is Scotland still the most unequal society and sick man (and woman) of Europe despite an abundance of natural resources and a long history of inventiveness?

Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters.  She was assistant editor of The Scotsman in the 1990s (and editor of the Scotswoman in 1995 when female staff wrote, edited and produced the paper) contributing editor of the Sunday Herald.  She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

Join Lesley at the OAP Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd October, when she will discuss her latest book, “Blossom – what Scotland needs to Flourish”.


A Huntly Loon Goes to War

Local man Charles Leslie Anderson was, in some ways, one of the lucky ones: despite being shot in both legs and gassed, he survived the First World War to become a respected bailie of the burgh, shopkeeper, and family man. A Huntly Loon Goes to War describes this remarkable man’s journey from humble beginnings in rural poverty, focusing on his service with the Gordon Highlanders in the trenches.
The book was his son-in-law, Keith Ferguson’s last writing project. Unfortunately he died when the book was at its final proof stage, but his son Andrew, also a published author and performer, will talk about the book’s genesis and his grandfather’s life after the trenches.
Join us at 4pm on Saturday October 4 in the Brander Library.


Maggie Craig’s Hidden History


After a fantastic reception at Huntly Book Festival 2013, Maggie Craig returns this year to talk about the sometimes surprising discoveries she made while researching Ruthven: Historic Aberdeenshire Village.

Copies of the booklet will be available at the event which will be held in the Brander Library, 7pm on Sunday 5th October.


Self-Editing for Novelists

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Here’s a workshop for experienced and budding novelists alike!

Join us on Saturday 4th October from10am till 12 noon when award-winning crime writer Allan Guthrie, will discuss practical tips and tricks to help build up those self-editing muscles. Topics covered will include language revisions, sharpening your dialogue, character consistency, plot and pacing, description and exposition, scene construction, building drama and lots more.

Allan Guthrie is the author of five novels, including Two-Way Split, which won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. He is also a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates and co-founder of the publishing company Blasted Heath.

Details of how to buy tickets will be released very soon – be sure to book your place early!