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Packed Programme on offer at annual Booked Literary Festival

A popular Scottish actor and author whose bestseller was turned into a Hollywood film are among the attractions at West Dunbartonshire's annual Booked! Festival, taking place from 11 - 22 May 2015.

The huge celebration of books and writing, now in its 13th year, has a packed programme of workshops, talks and events planned from 11 to 22 May at many of the area's libraries.

Alex Norton, best known for his role in Taggart, will be, will be at Dalmuir Library on 22 May to talk about his career in showbusiness which has included appearance in blockbusters such as Patriot Games and Braveheart.

Also on the bill is award-winning author Michel Faber, whose books have been adapted for the small and silver screen. He will be speaking about his work including Under the Skin which was recently released as a highly acclaimed film starring Scarlett Johansson.

The event, organised by West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services, aims to appeal to all ages and tastes and this year for the first time a fantasy novelist, Elizabeth May, is included in the programme.

Denise Mina, one of the leading lights of crime writing returns to Booked! this year. Denise has a huge international following transcending her Scottish roots and her latest novel is based in Helenburgh.

This year’s Alastair Pearson lecture will be delivered by award winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch who will be exploring Scotland post-referendum and discussing what the country needs to be able to flourish.

Poet Kenneth Steven returns to Booked! accompanied by musician Wendy Stewart; and Rachel McCrum makes her festival debut performing her lyrical work.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Convener of Education, said:The festival is a great chance for residents of all ages to have fun with reading and writing. There is a really varied programme on offer to suit all tastes and it’s also an opportunity to visit your local library and see what’s on offer.”

All Booked! events are free and tickets are available from any West Dunbartonshire Library.

West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services are grateful for the ongoing support of Creative Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Council which allows Booked! to go ahead.

Further information can be found at the website or by picking up a brochure from any West Dunbartonshire library.

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