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Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s ‘Winter Word Festival’ Goes Digital

LISTEN: Amy Liptrott tells Ramsay Beattie what’s coming up this Winter Word Festival

The seventeenth Winter Words Festival is set to continue this year as a digital celebration of Scottish poetry, acting, writing and much more.

From February 8 through to 14, cultural icons such as Neil Oliver, Shobna Gulati, Denise Mina, Mark Haddon, David Greig and Dallas Campbell join the PFT, live and interactively, to share their experiences.

Associate Director at the PFT, Amy Liptrott, said: “Winter Word is a hallmark of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s year, unfortunately we can’t open our building to our wonderful Winter Words audience, but we will be going online.

“Which is very exciting, from the week beginning the eighth of February we’ll be hosting twelve events throughout the week.

“With something there for everyone, lots of different names and places in there, some familiar and some not familiar to PFT audiences.”

Starting the week, creative director at the theatre, Elizabeth Newman, is met in conversation with, the Lyceum Theatre’s creative director, David Greig, to talk about the brand-new joint venture between the two theatres.

Shobna Gulati

Then, Coronation Street star and Loose Women presenter, and much more, Shobna Gulati, shares her new book ‘Remember Me?: Discovering My Mother as She Lost Her Memory’ with Elizabeth Newman again.

On Wednesday, two faces familiar to the PFT join the festival, Alan and Colin McCredie, to discuss their experience of growing up in Perthshire and their shared love for football over Colins new book ‘Snapshot: Scenes and Stories from the Heartlands of Scottish Football.’

Mark Haddon

Author Mark Haddon steals the show on Friday with Polly Thomas, an executive at the audio production company Naked Productions, to discuss talking about theatre and literature.

As the week draws closer to the end, Saturday is packed with events, ‘The Guardian Not the Booker Prize’ award winning author, Kirsten Innes is talking about her latest book ‘Scabby Queen’.

Reading her poetry, Liz Lochhead, former national poet of Scotland, joins Elizabeth Newman to discuss all things literature.

Neil Oliver

Later, broadcaster, historian and archaeologist, Neil Oliver joins in on the festivities to discuss his new book ‘The Wisdom of the Ancients’, in a profounding distillation of their meaning and what message they carry for us today.

Denise Mina

Amy Liptrott joins, Scottish Crime Author, Denise Mina, about her most recent book, ‘The Less Dead’. Amy worked with Denise on the National Theatre’s ‘Aleister Crowley Summons the Devil’.

One the final day, Colin Liddle, the outgoing chair, celebrates the theatre’s history with ‘PFT at 70’ after 18 years spent as a trustee.

Dallas Campbell

Science, engineering and technology presenter and stage actor, Dallas Campbell, dives into the history, science and culture of spaceflight in his book ‘Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet’.

Finally, the Highland Book Prize sponsored event finishes the day with, Malachy Tallack is joined in conversation with David Gange and Kapka Kassabova to discuss writing about place.

More information about the festival can be found on: https://pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com/

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