Tall tales in Stirling from Gruffalo author

Author of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, is taking part in the Off The Page book festival in Stirling
Author of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, is taking part in the Off The Page book festival in Stirling

Bookworms are in for a treat with the seventh Off The Page book festival in Stirling.

The event, which runs from September 7-15, will welcome authors to discuss their work and give advice on budding writers on how to get started and how to get published.

Children’s Laureate, and creator of the much loved Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson will be at macrobert on September 14 to discuss her work in a free event suitable for youngsters while crime writer Ian Rankin will celebrate 25 years of Rebus with a speech on Scottish crime fiction.

Adventurer and documentary-maker Mark Beaumont will be at the Tolbooth on September 9 to discuss his travels and experiences around the world. Also an author and most famous for smashing the round-the-world cycling record by a staggering 82 days, Mark is an inspiring and highly regarded speaker.

Falkirk novelist and playwright Alan Bissett will perform his latest play since the smash hit ‘Moira Monologues’ - which was picked up by the BBC. In ‘The Red Hourglass’ on September 10 Alan plays five parts - two female, three male and none of them human - and after being announced as winner of The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year in 2011 the talented Hallglen native is one to watch out for.

On September 11 broadcaster Sally Maggnusson will give a hilarious speech at the Tolbooth on the historical uses of urine and attempts to start a campaign to recognise the many uses of the by-product which has been used for centuries in as broad fields as stained glass making and tartan production.

Little ones are also well catered for, getting the chance to meet the Book Bug to hear his songs and stories at Callander and Central libraries on September 12 while in Cambusbarron Library on September 14 ‘tweens’ can indulge in a spot of pampering with a beauty event offering 10-14 year olds advice and tips on hair, nails and make up.

For a full listing of the Off The Page events, visit www.offthepage.stirling.gov.uk or pick up a guide in any Falkirk Council Library.