Young Linlithgow poet set to entertain at festival

Ian Macartney will be reading some new poetry at an upcoming festival
Ian Macartney will be reading some new poetry at an upcoming festival

A young poet is set to perform in front of a home crowd at an upcoming literary festival – organised by the book shop where he works.

Ian Macartney (17) was named one of Foyle’s young poets of 2015 and has booked a slot at the Further From Festival in Linlithgow next month.

The sixth year pupil at Linlithgow Academy has worked at Far From the Madding Crowd on the High Street since last December and owner Sally Pattle has organised the festival which is set to be a hit in its first year.

Liz Lochhead, Tam Dalyell and illustrator, Nick Sharratt are booked to appear at the festival, beginning on Friday, February 6, and Ian said he is pleased to be on the bill with such established authors.

He said: “I’m pretty honoured to be alongside people like Liz Lochhead. It should be a really interesting weekend.”

Ian’s poem Snails took him to the final of a UK-wide poetry competition in October, but he is keeping tight–lipped about what the audience can expect at his upcoming show.

He said: “It’s going to be a surprise, but it will be some of my new work.”

Sally said she hopes the festival will hold appeal as there is a strong local connection with many of the authors. Tam Dalyell was a Labour MP for Linlithgow and asked the famous ‘West Lothian Question’. He will be appearing in conversation with local historian Bruce Jamieson. Linlithgow artist Leo Du Feu will also take part in a panel discussion at the event.

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