Festival heading for Banchory

A Major book and music festival is heading to Banchory this summer.

The Margins Book and Music Festival will be bringing some top names from the world of literature and the arts to the town’s Woodend Barn.

Now in its third year, the festival will take place between May 31 and June 1.

A diverse mix of acts appealing to kids, families and serious gig-goers and literary lovers will be complimented with a full bookshop, food and drink offerings and a record store by independent label Fence.

A national event, the organisers have announced the line-up for a new Aberdeenshire edition of the hit cultural festival which will include Scottish bands, including FOUND, RM Hubbert and The Pictish Trail.

The musicians will share the stage with top UK authors like crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, comedian and novelist Robert Newman and Sky Sports correspondent Graham Hunter.

With the growing reputation of the festival’s Glasgow edition, which takes place in October, the organisers had looked to bring a line-up to a different part of Scotland.

The festival’s co-director Mark Buckland said: “We’d been looking to bring the Margins experience to somewhere unique and the Woodend Barn is such a wonderful location. The people of Aberdeenshire have been very kind and generous to us and I think we have a bill that suits all the family; it’s a great chance to see and meet major stars of books and the Scottish music scene.”

The festival begins with a Friday night double bill of art-pop trio FOUND and singer-songwriter The Pictish Trail on Friday, May 31, with the following morning seeing the festival’s first children’s authors taking the stage including the much loved best-seller Barry Hutchison and Scottish number one best-seller Badger the Mystical Mutt.

Later that afternoon, top political correspondent Iain Macwhirter will tell all about his new, ground-breaking TV series and book “Road To Referendum” before comedy giant Robert Newman, formerly of Newman and Baddiel, reads from his new novel about the history of oil.

Graham Hunter, Sky’s La Liga reporter, will return to his home town to chat about his award-winning book on FC Barcelona.

Tickets start from £4 and details are available at www.marginsfestival.com and www.woodendbarn.co.uk.