What’s on: Book and whisky festivals and an epic car boot sale

Book festival

The Borders Book Festival opens on 15 June.

Highlights from the four day event Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, The Great British Bake Off, Peter Sawkins, crime-writing royalty Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Doug Johnstone.

It will open with the announcement of the winner of one of the UK’s leading literary prizes, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Festival Director Alistair Moffat said: ‘It’s wonderful to see the marquees up in Harmony Garden once more and the stage set for our 20th
edition of the Borders Book Festival.

‘We look forward to welcoming back our audiences, authors and supporters to four glorious days of lively debate, fun and laughter.’

To read more from Alistair click here.


Bloody Scotland

The Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival returns to Stirling on 22 June.

BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Nicola Meighan will be interviewing Ambrose Parry aka bestselling crime writer Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist turned author Marisa Haetzman.

Tickets are deliberately priced at only £5 to encourage a local audience who might normally not attend the festival to give it a go.


Musical line up

The ACE Winches Scottish Traditional Boat Festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations take place on 1-2 July in Portsoy.

With three stages across the festival site, an eclectic mix of local bands, renowned artists and groups will play.

Renowned Highland rock band RhythmnReel will bring their upbeat, foot stomping tunes as headliners of the Big Gig on the Back Green.

More than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend to see a flotilla of traditional boats drop anchor in Portsoy’s historic harbour, alongside a programme of crafts, music performances and local food and drink, over the two days.


Car boot

Sekai Machache and Amanda Seibæk. Credit: Brian Sweeney

Art Car Boot Sale, Scotland’s biggest contemporary art market, will be held at SWG3 on 24-25 June.

More than 100 renowned artists from across Scotland will sell work straight from their studios, from the boots of cars, vans, bikes and the odd skateboard.

Highlights will include Glasgow based visual artist Claire Barclay, Jon McFarland Print Prize winner Amanda Seibæk, and Sekai Machache, a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Glasgow.

Tickets can be bought here.


Whisky festival

Scottish National Whisky Festival is heading to Inverness Eden Court on 1 July.

It will bring together a line up of exhibitors from across the drinks industry spectrum, with hundreds of whiskies and other spirits available to sample over each session.

Each session is complimented by a specially-curated bill of live music and entertainment from celebrated Scottish performers.

Festival goers can also enjoy a range of guest spirits, including including rum, cognac, liqueurs, cocktails by industry-leading mixologists, brewery collaborations, and food vendors.


Teed up

The Genesis Scottish Open will return to The Renaissance Club in North Berwick as the best players from the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR tee it up from 12-16 July.
This year, defending champion Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose have already been confirmed to attend, with many more world-class players yet to be announced.
The Genesis Scottish Open is the third Rolex Series event of the 2023 DP World Tour season.


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