Friday, 11 November 2016

Book Week Scotland 2016

We have a fantastic programme lined up for you this year, with an all star cast! Nick Crane, co-presenter of Coast, TV vet Steve Leonard, crime writer James Oswald, hugely popular children's author Barry Hutchison; Peter Kerr, author of Snowball oranges, they'll all be beating a path to East Lothian to join us during Book Week.
The chance to meet Alexander McCall Smith for a literary lunch has already sold out but to make up for that disappointment we can offer a special deal on tickets for our Saltire Taste and Talk event at Colstoun House, near Haddington. Tickets are available from Haddington library for just £8.00 until 19th November, instead of the full price of £12.50. This is an incredible opportunity to meet Mary Contini, Sue Lawrence, Mark Greenaway, Christopher Trotter and Wendy Barrie - see the attached programme for full details. The event starts at 10.30am, finishing at 7.00pm and the one ticket provides admittance to all these sessions.
Book Week this year is from 21st to 27th November.
Book Week Scotland Brochure


Friday, 29 July 2016

Award-winning author Peter Kerr launches his new book in Haddington

The Clyde Valley Stompers became, in the 1950s, Scotland’s premier jazz band. They were the focus of “Stompermania” and enjoyed huge commercial success. And then in 1963 they disappeared mysteriously from the scene. In “Don’t Call me Clyde!” clarinettist Peter Kerr tells the story of what actually happened. How, at just 20 years of age he inherited Leadership of the “Clydes, how they achieved chart success, were produced by George Martin, soon to sign the Beatles, and were launched into the glitzy world of mainstream popular music.

This fondly recounted, entertaining and humorous memoir by the award-winning author of the Snowball Oranges series, chronicles the highlights, hardships, backstabbing, generosity and greed that marked the rise and fall of such an iconic band. But Peter also skilfully portrays an affectionate recollection of family life during the austerity gripped years following the Second World War.

 Peter will be appearing in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington on Tuesday 16th August at 11.00am.

All welcome to this free event. Peter will also be signing copies of his books.