Libraries, staff and partners were out in force this week to officially launch the programme for this year’s Off the Page Stirling Book Festival.
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Festival authors Alan Bissett, who will perform The Moira Monologues for the first time in Stirling; and the Stirling Makar Clive Wright, who is appearing at poetry events throughout the week, were also along to help launch programme at the Tolbooth.

The festival is organised by Stirling Libraries and is in its 12th year, with an exciting line-up of events taking place from 4th-15th May.

Highlights this year include James Kelman talking about Dirt Road accompanied by Neil Sutcliffe, a musician from Stirling and The Dirt Roadsters. The Off the Page family Ceilidh also makes a comeback this year with music from the Riverside Ceilidh Band and poetry and music from Owen Sutcliffe in Gaelic and English. Organisers are working with partners such as the Cycle Hub, University of Stirling and the Smith Art Gallery.

Off the Page will also offer a variety of events for children with writers including Ross Collins, Alex Scarrow, with popular family days continuing to feature this year with a special Adventure Time Party in Cambusbarron Library and a Comic-kids event in the Tolbooth Theatre featuring Gary Erskine and Chris Mitchell. Bookbug sessions will again feature throughout the week.

Stirling Council’s Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise, Stacey Burlet said: “Off the Page is now in its 12th year and once again we have a strong programme which gives everyone the opportunity to hear great authors in their own community but also in the centre of Stirling. It is one of the many cultural events that make Stirling unique, and we look forward to welcoming those living in and visiting Stirling along to our events.”

Photo: Organisers and artists Off the page Stirling Libraries Book Festival Left to Right back row Morag Smith, Clive Wright, Makar, Alan Bissett, writer, Liz Moffat, Left to Right front row Barbara Fulford, Lynda Lackenby, Louise Graham and Vivien Gibb.