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This Is It! Literary Cabaret – 23 Nov 2017 @ 7pm

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DATE: Thursday 23 November 2017

TIME: 7-8.30pm

VENUE: Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BP

TICKETS: £7/ £6

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7 pmWelcome - LAS Chair Peggy Hughes
Official opening - Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. 
Introduction- Event Host, Siân Bevan
7.15 pmPUBLISHING - Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director, Canongate Books
7.30 pmFESTIVALS - Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director, Wigtown Book Festival
7.45 pmLIBRARIES - Pamela Tulloch, CEO, Scottish Libraries & Information Council (SLIC)
8 pmWRITERS - William Letford, poet
8.15 pmINTERNATIONAL - Louise Welsh, author
8.30 pmThanks & close cabaret - LAS Chair Peggy Hughes
Blackwell's Edinburgh bookshop stocked with Scotland's writers & publishers
ACTIVEe demonstration of 3D printing (available in all public libraries)
Paid bar.
9 pmClose

*The programme may be subject to change.



Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, Peggy Hughes has a wealth of experience within Scotland’s literature community, working in various roles over the years at StAnza, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City of Literature Trust before joining Literary Dundee, at the University of Dundee, as Director in July 2013 where she produced and delivered the annual Dundee Literary Festival, coordinated the Dundee International Book Prize and a variety of events, publications and projects throughout the year. She also founded Edinburgh’s Electric Bookshop and co-founded the West Port Book Festival. In addition to her new role leading the LAS Board of Trustees, Ms Hughes regularly chairs events at literary festivals and panels. (Twitter: @HughesPeg)

Event host, Siân Bevan is a writer, performer and Programme Manager at Edinburgh City of Literature. As well as hosting events organisations including The Stand Comedy Club and BBC Authors Live, Siân is interested in creating projects which improve access to stories, and using stories to improve access to projects. She occasionally remembers to update her website: www.sianyb.com (Twitter: @sianbevan)

Francis Bickmore is Publishing Director of independent publisher Canongate Books. Since he joined the company in 2000 he has edited and published writers including Yann Martel, Scarlett Thomas, Nick Cave, Antonia Byatt, Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Matt Haig. 

Adrian Turpin OBE is the artistic director of the Wigtown Book Festival, which is now in its 19th year. In this role, this year he also helped launch Big Dog, a new children’s book festival for Dumfries and programmed Wigtown’s contribution to Scot:Lands at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. A journalist by training, he previously worked for the Sunday Times, Independent and the Scotsman group. In 2017, Adrian was awarded the OBE for services to literature and the economy of Wigtownshire. Wigtown Festival Company’s latest project is Big Bang, a midwinter festival of science and ideas.  

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), is responsible for providing independent advice to the Scottish Government on Library and Information Services across Scotland. SLIC leads on the implementation of the Scotland’s first National Strategy for Public Libraries – Ambition and Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland (2015-2020), supports the FE and HE sector, NHS information service, and a number of special interest libraries. Recently SLIC was invited by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP to work with Scottish Government and COSLA to develop a National Strategy for School Libraries. Pamela currently sits on the British Library Advisory Council, Carnegie UK Trust Library Lab Advisory Group and the Engaging Libraries Advisory Group, University of Strathclyde’s Information Science Industrial Board, First Minister’s Reading Challenge Advisory Group and other library and information related alliances.

William Letford’s debut collection Bevel was published by Carcanet in 2012. He has performed in many countries and venues, by invitation, and sometimes just for the hell of it. His work has appeared on radio and television and his second full collection Dirt was published by Carcanet in 2016.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Louise Welsh is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.