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Inverness Book Festival 2009

If like me you can’t access the festival website (, look out for programmes in your local library.

There a few big names including Ian Rankin for the crime buffs and Katie Fforde for the incurable romantics, but also some great home grown talent. I’m looking out for Aberdonian Stuart MacBride. I’ve heard Stuart speak before and he’s worth the ticket even though his latest novel is apparently not set in the granite city. Obviously the man knows no fear.

The festival runs from Mon 5th to Saturday 10th October at various venues including Eden Court.


Miss Snark, literary agent

I’ve just discovered this blog  by a literary agent who dispenses advice and criticism to writers with a little bit of vinegar to sweeten the truth.

Sadly Miss Snark no longer posts new items but the back catalogue of Q & A, critiques and the famous Crapometer can still be read.

If you’re trying to get an agent it’s worth a read. If not, it’s still full of razor sharp pointers for honing your writing, synopses, cover letters etc. And it’s pretty entertaining along the way. Have a look, if you’re brave enough.


Nairn writing workshops

The Pen & I weekly writing workshops will start again on Friday 16th January 09 at St Columba’s Church Hall, Nairn.

Morning sessions: 10.00 – 12.00

Afternoon: 12.45 – 2.45

Cost £45 for 8 sessions.

Monthly full day workshops start on Saturday 31st January.

There are limited places still available on both the weekly and monthly workshops. For further information please contact Karen Messruther by clicking here. (This will open a contact form in a new window.)

Come along and join other like-minded writers. Forget the winter blues, be inspired and have fun while developing your writing.

NaNoWriMo 2008

Is anyone else in the Highlands taking part in this year’s National Novel Writing Month in November? I’m having a go for the first time and I’ve seen at least a couple of other locals on the NaNoWriMo regional board, so I’m not the only delusional optimist/masochist in the region.

If you’ve never come across NaNoWriMo, take a look at the website. The challenge is to write 50,000 words of a novel, from scratch, in a month. No editing, no twiddling, just getting your story down. I’m hoping it will help cure me of my chronic twiddling tendencies.

If you’re signed up, give me a wave on the forums. I’m signed in as Highland Midge.

Culloden Battlefield writing competition

Short story competition being run as part of the Highland Archaeology Festival.

The competition will be launched at the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre on Wednesday 8th October 08.

Theme: stories to be written around one of the archaeological finds on dispay in a new exhibition at the Centre. English and Gaelic accepted.

Closing date: 21st February 2009.

Prize: winning entries will be published on the NTS Culloden website, and winners will be invited to read their work at the Centre following the annual memorial service on 18th April 09.

Further information: Nicole Deufel, 0844 493 2159,