Authors and selfies with Kelpies at Linlithgow Book Festival

Celebrated writers were well received at this year’s book festival, as were the Kelpie Maquettes who made a pit stop at the Cross this weekend.

Festival favourite, Christopher Brookmyre opened the show, top crime author Val McDermid enthralled her audience with extracts from her new novel, Splinter the Silence, and former First Minister, Alex Salmond paid a visit to his hometown to promote his book, The Dream Shall Never Die.

Kelpies designer, Andy Scott, signed copies of his book about the making of the world’s largest equine sculptures.

Organiser Gail Boardman said: “Everything went very well indeed, with both the Alex Salmond and Andy Scott events being complete sell outs. The weather on the Sunday was fantastic, and there were people taking photographs by the Kelpies all day.

“Each session ended to enthusiastic applause.”

Gail said the John Buchan event went down well with fans of the author, as a dramatic reading from John Fowler and Judy Barker brought his stories, such as The Thirty Nine Steps, to life.

Janice Galloway returned to the festival to speak about her new short story collection, Jellyfish and awarded prizes for the Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange writing competition. Megan Anderson of St Kentigern’s Academy took the top prize. Madeleine Montgomery and Aisling Stewart from Linlithgow Academy were runners up along with Ellie Marshall of Bon’ess Academy.