Literary events in Ellon this month

Better Read Books, Ellon
Better Read Books, Ellon

Better Read Books will be supporting two literary events in Ellon this month.

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown will be at the bookshop in the town’s Ythan Terrace on Saturday (November 21) at a book signing of her latest collection of stories barely remembered and hidden in folklore - ‘Hidden Aberdeenshire – the Land’.

Stories of ghosts, battles and murder abound in this volume following her two previous books, Hidden Aberdeen and Hidden Aberdeenshire - the Coast.

Quirky and enlightening - it would make an ideal Christmas present for locals and exiles alike.

The book-signing will take place between 1-3pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Chris Brookmyre, the best-selling Scottish ‘tartan noir’ author and creator of the legendary character Jack Parlabane, will be at Ellon Community Campus as part of Book Week Scotland.

The hugely popular author will be giving a talk and answering questions at an evening event at 7pm on Wednesday, November 25.

Those who want to secure tickets should call 01358 720865.

Brookmyre’s latest release, Dead Girl Walking, and a selection of his previous books will be available with the opportunity to have these signed at the evening event.

Better Read Book’s Bill Kelly is reminding secondary school pupils that the deadline for entries to the poetry competition being run by Better Read on the subjects of ‘Change’ and ‘Winter’ is by noon on Tuesday, December 1.

Winners of the competition will be announced at a poetry evening at the bookshop on Friday, December 11.

Bill said £100 worth of prizes in National Book Tokens will be there to be won.