At Conversations on the Coast, we celebrate the rich literary heritage of Scotland. Whether you’re a fan of contemporary fiction, historical novels, crime, or non-fiction, our festival has something for every book lover. Join us as we delve into the minds of talented authors, exploring their latest publications and the stories behind their writing.
Hosted in the stunning seaside town of Elie and Earlsferry, this festival invites you to indulge in the natural beauty of the Scottish coastline while you indulge your literary appetite. Perhaps, while you’re here, you can also enjoy some local cuisine or take a walk along the Seaside Award-Winning beach!
This year, immerse yourself in the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year, be chilled by a collection of hauntings, dive into the life of a globetrotting sports writer, and find yourself flummoxed by a master of crime fiction. Whatever your literary passion, you’ll find something that will delight you.
A Night of Eerie History: In Conversation with Neil Oliver
On November 2nd, Neil will be talking about his latest book, “Hauntings: A Book of Ghosts and where to find them.” Why have we been telling each other ghost stories for thousands of years? What is the need we have to acknowledge what is sensed between the known and the unknown? Enter a night of eerie history, if you dare…
Friends, Family and Other Mortal Threats: In Conversation with Chris Brookmyre
On November 9th, Chris Brookmyre discusses his latest novel The Cliff House, about a murderous hen weekend where everyone is in danger and everyone is a suspect. Hear from this award-winning master of the crime literary genre and enjoy a night of intrigue and mystery. Bring your friends, if you think you can trust them!
Game-Changing Stories from a Globetrotting Sportswriter: In Conversation with Mike Dickson
On November 16th, hear from sportswriter, Mike Dickson, as he talks about his prolific international sportswriting career. He’s had the privilege of covering more than 90 Grand Slams, 5 Olympics, 6 Ryder Cups, 15 golf Opens, and 6 Ashes series. Join us for an exhilarating evening as we dive into the highs, challenges, and unforgettable moments that shape the world of sports reporting.
Botany and Scandal in Enlightenment Edinburgh: In Conversation with Sara Sheridan
On November 23rd, Sara Sheridan invites you into the luscious world of early 19th century Edinburgh, where secrets entangle the lives of two fascinating women. Centred around the city’s newly-installed Botanic Garden, The Fair Botanists is for lovers of historical fiction, beautiful, vivid settings, thrilling intrigue, and well-crafted characters. Tonight Sara will be talking about this period gem, which is currently the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.
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