Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival Saturday November 21st


The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival is usually held in the Burgh Hall, Scotland. With Covid restrictions in place, MyVLF is delighted to have been asked to host the 2020  festival online . It’s a great line-up of writers.

Supported by Creative Scotland and Book Week Scotland.



The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival is a charity and while this online event is FREE, if you would like to donate towards their running costs, you can do so via Paypal. You can give as little or as much as you like.

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Sally Magnusson

Sally is a writer and broadcaster, based in Glasgow. In 2014 the memoir of her mother’s dementia, Where Memories Go, became a Sunday Times bestseller. Her 2018 fictional debut, The Sealwoman’s Gift, based on the true story of a seventeenth century Algerian pirate raid on Iceland, was shortlisted for six literary awards. Her second, The Ninth Childpublished in 2020, blends Victorian social history with ancient folklore in the Trossachs. It was described by Scotland on Sunday as “cementing Magnusson’s place … as one of Scotland’s leading writers of historical fiction.” She is working on a third, about women in the Clearances.

Sponsored by TC Young Solicitors

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Peter Geoghegan

Peter is an Irish writer, broad-caster and investigations editor at the award-winning news website openDemocracy. He led openDemocracy’s 
investigations into dark money in British politics that were nominated for a 2019 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and many other publications and he is a founder member and current chair of the Scottish investigative journalism outlet, the Ferret.  
His latest book, Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics, is a Sunday Times bestseller and was described by the Observer as “compulsively readable, carefully researched… [a] remarkable book’ Observer. His previous book, The People’s Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, was nominated for the Saltire First Book Award. 

Sponsored by Helensburgh Toyota.

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Alan Johnson

Alan’s childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ was published by Bantam Press on 9th May 2013. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, Britain’s top political writing award.  His second volume of memoirs. 

‘Please Mr Postman’, was published in September 2014 and won the National Book Club award for Best Biography. 

The final book in his memoir trilogy, ‘The Long and winding Road’, was published in September 2016 and won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir. 

Alan retired as an MP before the 2017 general election after 20 years as an MP. 

On 20th September 2018 his latest book, ‘In My Life – A Music Memoir’ was launched at Studio 2, Abbey Road where the Beatles made almost all of their records. 

He and his wife Carolyn live in East Yorkshire.

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Clare Hunter

Clare started her professional career in theatre and the arts before turning to textiles, becoming a banner maker, community textile artist, and textile curator and establishing the community sewing enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow in the 1980s. After completing an MLitt at the University of Dundee, she published her first book Threads of Life in 2019, a book that explores the emotional, social and political significance of sewing across centuries, continents and generations. Threads of Life received critical acclaim. It was chosen as BBC’s Radio 4’s Book of the Week, entered the Sunday Times Bestseller List and has been published in Holland, America and Italy with a publication planned for China. In November 2019 she won the Scottish Saltire Literary Award for First Book. Clare Hunter is a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award and lives in rural Stirlingshire in Scotland.  

Sponsored by the Open University.

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Kirsty Wark

Kirsty has presented a wide range of programmes over the past thirty years – from the ground breaking Late Show to Election specials, live stadium events and, since 1993, the BBC’s flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight. She also hosted the weekly Arts and Cultural review and comment show, The Review Show (formerly Newsnight Review) for over a decade. She has conducted long form interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna, Harold Pinter to Pete Doherty, Damian Hirst to George Clooney and the likes of Toni Morrison, Donna Tartt and Philip Roth.

Kirsty has made cameo appearances in a range of television dramas, radio programmes and films. She has featured in Dr Who, Absolutely Fabulous, The IT Crowd, Spooks, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, The Acid House, Beyond the Pole, Party Animals, With Great Pleasure and The Politician’s Husband. She reached the final in Celebrity Masterchef in 2011 and hosted the culinary quiz A Question of Taste for BBC2.

Kirsty has won several major awards for her work including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter. Kirsty was born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock. She is married to Alan Clements and has two children. Her debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, was published in March 2014 by Two Roads – an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton. Her new novel is The House On the Loch.

Sponsored by Harts.

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Peter Ross

Peter is a writer based in Glasgow. His latest book is A Tomb With A View: The Stories & Glories Of Graveyards. Previous work includes the journalism collections Daunderlust and The Passion Of Harry Bingo. 

Sponsored by James Auld.

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How to sign up

To join in with any/all of sessions for The Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival you only need to register at once. You will then have ongoing access to all events and areas. MyVLF is free to join.

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How to access the sessions

On desktop, laptop and ipad, click on the top menu to go to the Theatre or, you can also click on the front page, where you see the Theatre sign.

On mobile, you can use the ‘Press for Menu’ button, or look in the top right corner for the menu. Then scroll down for the Theatre.

You can also click on this link: MyVLF Theatre

MyVLF is more than just the Theatre!

While you’re on the site, or at any other time, please browse the stands in our Exhibition Hall, go to our Café to download our Free Book of the Month, or visit our Bookshelf and take a look at the available books on display.

We hope you have a wonderful time.