LITERARY giants visited Linlithgow last weekend for the “friendliest and best small book festival in Scotland”.
This was how it was described by festival chairman Roy Dalgleish who organised headline acts, author Iain Banks, former chancellor of the exchequer, Alastair Darling, and Scotland’s ‘‘makar’’ Liz Lochhead.
Roy said: “My personal highlights include the great range of Linlithgow talent on display - novelists, short story writers, poets, historians and photographers.
“It was Iain Banks’ third visit to Linlithgow, this time with his friend and fellow novelist Ken MacLeod.
‘‘Alistair Darling brought the inside account of the banking crisis and his thoughts on what government should be doing for the economy.
‘‘Scotland’s makar, Liz Lochhead, entertained and moved with grace and wit, presenting the LBF/Grange Rotary prizewinners for 2012.
“The new writing events of the Saturday night featuring music by Holm who were great fun and perhaps my personal highlight.
‘’Finally Sunday’s Tea With Alexander McCall Smith’ was perhaps the best event that we have ever had - one that is sure to be remembered in the town for a long time.”
Roy thanked co-organisers Gail, Alex and Andy, Jill at ‘‘Far From the Madding Crowd’’ for the festival bookshop, John at Linlithgow Sound and Light, Alistair at Lodge Ancient Brazen, West Lothian Council and Visit West Lothian, Robert Callander Optician, JMK printers and Palmimpsest Book Production, and all the volunteers who helped over the weekend.