November 19-21, Northern Hotel, Brechin, Angus
3 days of books sales, reading, audiences with authors, poetry, story telling, discussions, quiz night, disco, murder mystery, afternoon teas, workshops and competitions
Please join us and help make the third annual
Brechin/Angus Book Festival bigger and better than ever.
Brechin/Angus Book Festival bigger and better than ever.
Meet the 2021 authors!
Wendy H Jones
Wendy H Jones, Award Winning Scottish Crime Writer and Public Speaker, is the author of the popular DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries; Cass Claymore Investigates; Fergus and Flora Mysteries; and a children’s picture book, Bertie the Buffalo. She is the President of the Scottish Association of Writers.
Sheila's first two novels,
Mystical Circles and A Passionate Spirit are both set in the same mysterious English manor house in the beautiful Cotswold hills. Mystical Circles begins, and A Passionate Spirit continues, the story of the two sisters Juliet and Zoe. There in that mysterious manor house, gothic goings-on, paranormal events and ghostly tales are never far away.
Sheila's most recent release, 'Paranormal Warwickshire is also available.
Claire is a re-enactor, and a former archaeologist, who also happens to be an author.
Since graduating from the University of Glasgow, Claire has worked on a number of archaeological sites, including a Neolithic settlement site in Orkney.
Her books range from poetry collections, to books of short stories and flash fiction. She has also published the first novel in her Ravensrise Trilogy, which is also called Ravensrise. She is currently working on the sequel.
Claire finds inspiration in Scottish and Norse mythology, as well as in history.
Colin Maxwell began producing comic books in 2013 along with illustrator Michael Philp.
Their first comic book 'King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence' was published in 2014, coinciding with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
Colin's stories have been published in several anthologies including
Comicscene Annual 2021, Bite Me, Swift at 350, Time & Space: An H.G. Wells Comics Anthology, 13th Moon and Scrieve.
Colin was winner of the Dundee Comics Prize 2017, annual awards for short story writing. His first Commando story, Five Little Soldier Boys, was released on 1st October 2020.
From his early career in the BBC, to taking the lid off the sleazy tabloid in Hollywood, film maker, now novelist, Charles Harris talks about the state of journalism today and about his double award nominated debut noir thriller 'The Breaking of Liam Glass'. Charles recent book is a psychological, amnesia thriller, 'Room 15'.
Greta's story ‘Witch Hitch’ won the under 7’s category in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Competition in 2010. She has been awarded in poetry & children’s competitions & transmitted on BBC Radio Scotland. As a member of Litereight Greta has had stories and poetry published in their anthologies. In 2015 ‘Witch Hitch’ along with illustrator Maggie Bolton, was released followed by ‘The Woo in the Wild Woods’ and ‘Tartan Witch’. Greta hopes to continue writing stories that thrill & delight children.
Annie Day Fernie
When Annie Day Fernie read in The Herald about how writers could get their work published with help from Mighty Pens Ltd, she saw an opportunity to make her dream come true. “My dream was to see Pearl Pavlova actually in published form and so to know that it has had such celebrated readers as the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, is really just totally amazing.”
Annie is the author of the book but she also pays tribute to her neighbour, Lizzie Birney, who created its brilliant illustrations.
Writer, compulsive researcher, public speaker, history obsessive, avid reader. Binge-watcher of Historical T.V. Series!
Living in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has great benefits because it's so close to a huge range of fabulous castles, standing stones, and other historical sites so easily within walking distance, or others a short drive away. Fresh air is supposed to clear the 'writing' head! Celtic Fervour series is one of Nancys collections.
Pauline Tait writes novels and children's picture books from her Perthshire home. Pauline is currently working on a number of projects, including the final picture book in The Fairy in the Kettle series, which will be published soon and her second adult fiction novel.
Allison is published by Chapeltown Books, CafeLit, Scott & Lawson, and Bridge House Publishing. Her flash fiction collections are From Light to Dark and Back Again and Tripping the Flash Fantastic . She is a winner of the Waterloo Arts Festival Writing Com-petition three years in a row. Allison also writes a weekly column for online magazine, Chandler's Ford Today, Mom's Favorite Reads and blogs for Authors Electric and More than Writers, She is now published in non-fiction too!
Born in Helensburgh, in the picturesque west of Scotland.
Steven & his wife are now pastors in their community.
In the past few years Steven completed and self-published his first Y/A novel The Chronicles of Cozen and self-published a children’s illustrated book called, ‘A Rabbits’ Tale’. The second part, called, ‘Mr. Pleasant the Pheasant,’ has recently been released, as well as Dotty the Lady bug
His aim is to delight the reader, both young and old with stories that excite the imagination and tingle the senses.
Fiona is the author of two Pagan Portals titles: Pathworking Through Poetry and Stories for the Songs of the Year as well as a contributing author to several other Moon Book collaborations. She writes for Pooka Pages Magazine for Pagan Kids, exploring the seasons and festivals with the help of a magical cat and rabbit. Her life has been an interesting meander through many rivers and roles, including 30 years working in education. Tinker was Depute Presiding Officer and Education Officer with the Scottish Pagan Federation for many years. She was also a legal celebrant.
Two of Chris Longmuir's crime novels, Night Watcher and Dead Wood, have won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award. Dead Wood subsequently won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2009. Chris is currently working on a historical crime novel
Maressa is Dutch but lives in the beautiful Cotswold's, England with her husband and four (adopted) children. Maressa is a homeschool mum as well as a pastor’s wife, so her writing has to be done in the evening when peace and quiet descend on the house once more.
Her debut novel, Sapphire Beach, was published in December 2019, and her first self published novel, Walled City, came out in December 2020, followed by Viking Ferry, a novella. Beyond the Hills is the second book in the Elabi Chronicles, and was released on June 18th 2021.
Ruth is a novelist and freelance writer who lives in beautiful East Suffolk along with three children, one husband, a kitten, three budgies, eight chickens and six quail. She’s been writing content and blogs for charities and small Suffolk businesses for the last thirteen years and loves adding value with words. She published her first novel, The Diary of Isabella M Smugge, in February 2021 and the sequel, The Trials of Isabel M Smugge
Ruth also blogs at Big Words and Made Up Stories, Authors Electric and More Than Writers.
David Munro was born in the north of Edinburgh then moved to the capital's Royal Mile. He was employed by a well-known brewery within the city and at 27, relocated to Aberdeen then 15 months later, to Glasgow. David attended university and college to attain Chartered Marketer status. As an arts professional and with experience of different cultures, this lends to creative literature. Listening to music and taking treks through the scenic Scottish countryside, also assists David in formulating ideas for his novels. His most popular being the Time Jigsaw Trilogy
Sheena lives in a seaside
town in Scotland. She
gained a PhD at the
University of Dundee,
where she lectured in
mental health nursing.
After leaving teaching,
Sheena combined her
love of history with her
passion for research and
turned to novel writing.
She has written a number
of short stories and poems.
Reign of the Marionettes
is her first published
historical fiction novel.
Barbara (Babs) Stevenson is an author living in Orkney. Her first novel The Organist (Yolk Publishing 2016) was a historical romance set in 1912. Since then she has written a light-hearted, Stone Age Whodunit Trilogy, the Marna Mystery Series, set in Orkney and a fantasy short story anthology Where the Ocean Meets the Sky (Luna Press Publishing 2020). Her latest novel The Dalliances of Monsieur D’Haricot (Luna Press Publishing 2021) combines her love of writing fantasy with her interest in twentieth century European history.
She has also set up a small press to work as a co-operative venture with local writers.
Tony Collins has spent more than 40 years publishing books and magazines, and has started several imprints including Monarch Books. He is a Reader in the Church of England.
Tony Collins chose to walk the 490 miles of the Camino, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. He was deliberately stepping out of his comfort zone: undertaking a pilgrimage through a land whose language he did not speak, into a culture far removed from his own, in search of sources of reverence.
Follow his journey in his book, Taking My God for a Walk
Following a thrilling career as a GP specialising in addictions psychiatry and women's health, Mairi now writes full time. Having secured a 7 book contract with Bloodhound Books, her first in the Dr Cathy Moreland Mystery series, Death By Appointment, will be launched in January 2022.
Regular newspaper columnist, Forbes also contributes news, feature articles, photographs and short stories to news-papers and magazines in the UK, the USA and Australia.
His main interests include Scotland in all its guises, social and military history, nostalgia, sport, the paranormal and special educational needs.
Phantoms and Fairies, a book about the ghosts and haunted places of Angus and Dundee, was published in 2010 and The Sea Enriches, a local history based on his newspaper column, in October 2012. Murders and Misdeeds, an account of capital offences and hangings in Dundee and Angus during the 18th & 19th centuries.
Book Festival events
Some of the above authors are available for school visits on Friday 19th of November.
Please email brechin.angusbf@gmail.
com for more details.
We have workshops scheduled for out festival including flash fiction and poetry.
Please see the programme for more details
Our 'Audiences with Authors' are programmed for Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st. These will include a Q&A.
Please see the programme for details.
Each evening of the festival we have special events planned, including a family quiz & disco, fancy dress, prize giving, storytelling, murder mystery and more!
We have allocated a 2 hour session after school on Friday the 19th of November which will include storytelling & crafts.
Please see the programme for details.
We will also be holding a book hunt for the youngsters over the weekend, details of the hiding places will be available nearer the time!
We have many competitions running up to our festival that include local schools, nursing homes, daycare centres, floral club, youth clubs and the local business community.
Please keep a look out for more details nearer the time.
Much more planned! Please see our programme for the full list.