Festival of Scottish Writing

 Date:14/05/2005 - 29/05/2005
 Type:Culture, Literature
 Location:Scotland, Edinburgh

This wide-ranging programme includes something for everyone. The Festival promotes Scottish writing past and present through talks, workshops, music and verse, all of which can be enjoyed at Edinburgh's community libraries.

The 2005 Festival will explore Edinburgh's historic sea links with Norway, in folk tales and new writing. 

On the 17th May (Norway's National Day), Norwegian author Kjersti Scheen will be present to talk about her best-selling novel, published in Norway 1994, now out in the UK on paperback 2004. Neo-Nazis, a disappearing actress and a lovesick punk daughter give Private Investigator Margaret Moss much pain and panic, along with lovesick blues over a lorry driver. Kjersti will talk about crime, writing and anything you care to ask her.

Date: 17th May 2005
Time: 6.30pm-8pm
Place: Central Library, (Board Room), Edinburgh

Earlier that day, singer Maria Johansen from the North of Norway, fiddler Pete Clark and James Gray on piano and accordion will perform a selection of songs and tunes from Scotland and Norway. Norwegian nibbles will be served.

Date: 17th May 2005
Time: 3pm-4.30pm
Place: Central Library, Edinburgh

On Friday 20th May there will be a talk by Robin S. Salvesen about Shipping from Leith. Robin recounts his life's involvement with ships - as a merchant navy officer, then as part of the family shipping firm founded in Leith by Norwegian born Christian Salvesen. Holding a variety of positions, such as Director of the Shipping Division, Robin found time to write the 'Ship's Husband'. Robin will give a unique insight into Edinburgh's whaling and trading links with Norway along with his own memoirs.

Date: 20th May 2005
Time: 7pm-8pm
Place: Leith Library, Leith

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