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Fri 02 May, 2014 - 11.00 - 12.00

Waverley 200

Opening Event

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“Waverley”, Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, was hugely influential. How does it read today, and what is its significance now?

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Fri 02 May, 2014 - 12.30 - 13.30

God and the Devil in Scottish fiction

Does the Devil still walk in post-Calvinist Scotland?

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James Robertson is one of Scotland’s finest novelists with a deep understanding of our cultural history. His novel, “The Testament of Gideon Mack” tells of a Kirk minister’s encounter with the Devil, a theme previously explored by James Hogg and John Buchan.

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Fri 02 May, 2014 - 14.30 - 15.30

An Officer and a Spy: The Dreyfus affair

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Robert Harris is well known as the author of a number of worldwide bestsellers including Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost. His work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

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Fri 02 May, 2014 - 16.00 - 17.00

The Fiction of Future History

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Almost entirely unknown as a writer, deservedly so Nationalists may say, because publication dates of his kiss and tell stories of what went on and wrong in Scotland’s future in the 2020s, and given he writes under a nom de plume, The Professor.

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Fri 02 May, 2014 - 11.00 - 12.00

The Jacobite Novel: a panel discussion

Scottish History Day

All three Jacobite Risings failed, yet Scots retain a tenderness for the exiled Stuarts and the Jacobites may be said to have triumphed in song and fiction. Just what is the enduring attraction of Jacobitism?

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Sat 03 May, 2014 - 12.30 - 13.30

Robert Low

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Having experienced war first hand in Vietnam, Robert Low chose to write about the subject from the safety of Scotland. A craving for action and an obsession with ancient warfare brought him to riding, archery and re-enactment, with a Viking group.

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Sat 03 May, 2014 - 14.30 - 15.30

After Flodden

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Patrick Paniter was James IV’s right-hand man, a diplomatic genius who was in charge of the guns at the disastrous battle of Flodden in September 1513 in which the English annihilated the Scots.

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Sun 04 May, 2014 - 11.00 - 12.00

The Great War in fiction: a discussion panel

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In this centenary year of the War to end All Wars, a panel of distinguished novelists and historians takes a look at how the war has been portrayed in fiction, from Sassoon and Barbusse to Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulks.

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Sat 03 May, 2014 - 16.00 - 17.00

The Scottish Wars of Independence

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The inspiration for Robyn’s new bestselling trilogy, which began in 2010 with INSURRECTION and continued in 2012 with RENEGADE, was the life of Robert Bruce. The third novel, KINGDOM, will be published in 2014 in the month of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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Sun 04 May, 2014 - 12.30 - 13.30

At Break of Day: a novel of the Somme

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In the summer of 1913, the world seems full of possibility for four very different young men. Jean-Baptiste dreams of the day he’ll leave Picardy. Hard-working Frank has come to London to take up an apprenticeship in Regent Street.

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Sun 04 May, 2014 - 14.30 - 15.30

Turning the Stones: Debra Daley

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Georgian England, mid-18th century. As a foundling the young Em Smith is brought to the Cheshire country home of the ambitious Waterland family, where she serves as a companion to their daughter Eliza.

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Sun 04 May, 2014 - 17.00 - 18.00

Andrew Greig’s Border Ballads

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John Buchan said that the Border Ballads were one of Scotland’s four great contributions to world literature. Andrew Greig has taken one of the best-loved balalds, Fair Helen of Kirkconnell, and made a riveting  dramatic and political novel of it.

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Open all day

War Horse Exhibition

Works by Olivia Lomenech Gill

Olivia Lomenech Gill is an artist and printmaker who lives and works in north Northumberland. Working with a variety of techniques, her work explores a wide range of narrative ideas ranging from the historical to the contemporary, documentary and fairy tale.

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