TICKETS are now on sale for next month's Spirit of Moray book festival.
Offering events suitable for all ages, the popular annual festival features best-selling Scottish crime writer James Oswald, and Ambrose Parry (pseudonym for the collaboration between best-selling author Chris Brookmyre and his wife, consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman).
Mark Beaumont, athlete, broadcaster, author and ambassador will speak about his latest cycling feats; Scotland's amazing landscape and scenery is to celebrated in an illustrated talk by Brigid Benson about the North Coast 500, and the bravery and tragedy of Scot Jane Haining is to be told by Mary Miller.
There are also free sessions from the National Library of Scotland and the ever-popular Bookbug sessions for young children and their families.
Elgin Writers Group has sponsored a fascinating session by Rosemary Goring, who will be talking about the history of Scotland, taking a unique perspective on dramatic national events as well as ordinary life, as experienced by women down the centuries. It encompasses women from all stations of class and fame and notoriety, offering a tantalising view of what happened to them.
There are many more sessions for all to enjoy at the festival, which kicks off with cookery-writer-turned-novelist, Sue Lawrence, talking about her work and in particular her latest cookery book A Taste of Scotland’s Islands.
Tickets can be booked and purchased from Elgin Library, by telephone 01343 562623 or online. Visit www.moray.gov.uk/moraybookfestival for a full programme of events.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.