Outwith – An Outstanding Literary Line-up

Outwith – An Outstanding Literary Line-up

This weekend sees the launch of Dunfermline’s new Outwith Festival with a terrific line-up of over 50 Acts performing at various venues around Dunfermline’s historic centre. Visit Dunfermline was thrilled to hear the festival being previewed on The Janice Forsyth Show on Radio Scotland earlier this week and hearing about some of the acts performing over the four days between 7-10 September.

Some of the highlights of the festival include an exhibition by internationally renowned Fife artist David Mach, who will be showcasing an exciting new installation at Fire Station Creative; innovative, cutting-edge comedy and theatre; and a diverse range of bands and musicians. The literature events, feature a strong line-up of writers such as award winning authors Isla Dewar, Angela Jackson, Alan Bissett, and Dunfermline’s very own Renaissance Man, Richard Jobson, all performing at The Canmore, Canmore Street, Dunfermline.

Kicking off the live literature events on Friday 8th is Richard Jobson. Richard will be hosted by Fife artist, Ian Moir. They will discuss Richard’s varied artistic career and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. Richard will be reading from his new novel, The Speed of Life, a fantasy about two space aliens who travel to planet Earth to find David Bowie. He will also read from his short, autobiographical story, 16 Years of Alcohol, originally published in 1986 and later made into a feature film in 2003. The original story is due to be reprinted this year.

Novelist, Playwright, comedian, and performer Alan Bisset will be appearing on Saturday 9th September: He will perform a selection of his latest work which includes extracts from his “one-woman show”, the much loved Moira Monologues. The Moira Monologues recently played to sell-out crowds at he Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and this show is sure to be every bit as entertaining.

Isla Dewar needs little introduction, she is one of Scotland’s most loved writers, and famous for Keeping up with Magda; Women talking Dirty, which was later made into a feature film starring Helena Bonham Carter; Getting out of the House; Two Kinds of Wonderful – and many more. Isla will be hosted by Fife author, Caroline Copeland, and they will discuss the subject of strong ‘Wimmen’. Isla will be chatting about the subject of impossible, bossy or just difficult, but also admirable women and asking “Do we secretly long to be a bit over the top in our demands? Do pushy people always win and are they happier than less demanding souls?”

Isla will read from some of her novels and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Angela Jackson burst onto the literary scene in 2013 with the publication of her first novel The Emergence of Judy Taylor, which was awarded Edinburgh International Book Fesival’s First Book Award, and was selected as Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year. Angela was also named as one of Amazon’s Rising Stars. Her second novel The Darlings will be published in 2018. For Outwith, Angela will perform The Darling Monologues: Lily, Sadie and Ruby, three acutely observed characters fresh from the pages of her novels, these women and their relationships are fully revealed in three frank and darkly funny, monologues. Sex, secrets, birth, death, infidelity and Russian Red lipstick – no subject is out of bounds. If you want a taster of the Darling then visit thedarlings.co.uk/videos .

Both Isla and Angela are performing back-to-back on Sunday 10th(1pm and 2.30pm) at The Canmore, with opportunities to ask questions and chat with the authors.

For further information and to book visit www.outwithfestival.co.uk