Tidelines Book Festival 2017

Yes, The Fourth Month blog still lives. I’m back to write about a book festival taking place in my very own hometown later this year. Forget about the Fringe! Tidelines is North Ayrshire’s only independent book festival. This year’s Tidelines festival (21-24 September) boasts Chris Brookmyre, 404 Ink, drams of whisky, banned books and prohibition cocktails amongst 18  fantastic events which will take place in 4 venues around Irvine’s Harbourside area.

Tidelines Book Festival 2017 is a book festival not just for bookish folk like me. The events range from TV drama to soul music to murder mysteries and fairy stories. A schools programme runs alongside the 18  events so there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. This includes The McDougalls, who I can now vouch for as being wonderfully entertaining after a lively performance of Ally Bally at this year’s programme launch.

I’ve already booked tickets for Fiona Rintoul’s introduction of Whisky Island. Guests can enjoy three tasting drams as Fiona Rintoul’s new book celebrates the Isle of Islay, its people and eight legendary whisky distilleries. I’m looking forward to the book discussion but Jamie might be more excited about the whisky tasting.

I’m incredibly excited to take part in some of the events at the end of September and I think it’s a wonderful accolade that my hometown is hosting such a varied and inclusive event. Please support the festival by joining in! The full programme details are available at www.tidelinesbookfest.com. Tickets are now on sale from the Harbour Arts Centre and prices range from £5 to £8.


“Tidelines will serve you a feast of exciting authors, ready to enrich your love of reading and your passion for ideas. Get involved. Book your places. And see you there at Tidelines 2017, your very own festival of writing talent on your very own doorstep.” – Andrew O’Hagan

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