Neidpath History Fiction Festival 

Saturday 2nd November


Adults £15  Kids £5 (5-12)  Family Ticket £35 (2 Adults & up to 3 kids)  Tickets include all Saturday Events AND Free Tea, Coffee & Juice all day.
Lunches & snacks available to buy.


Theresa Breslin - Carnegie Medallist and 2019 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award – will introduce and read from her latest book for children –  An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends.

Margaret Skea
- Beryl Bainbridge Award and Neil Gunn Prize - brings the 16 th  century to life in an illustrated talk on her  Munro  trilogy. Expect compassion and cruelty, treachery and sacrifice; set against the backdrop of clan feuding, the French Wars of Religion and the Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1597.

Archaeologist and novelist Louise Turner , will share how research into landscape, climate and architecture underpins and breathes life into historical fiction.

See, and in some cases handle, genuine period clothes as costume designer, Graham Hunter   - Outlander, The Last King of Scotland, Blood of the Clans – presents a mix of costumes and accessories inspired by the 18th Century.  Jane Eyre for the Regency Period and Dickens and Conan Doyle for the mid Victorian and later Victorian periods.

Matt Seattle plays on the beautiful Border Pipes.

The Scottish Brigade  of the Sealed Knot Society  with weaponry and costumes from the past on show.

Historical Crafts in the Solar - Make your own pomander, try out a tapestry, have fun making Christmas decorations.

'If Walls could  speak’ –  Writers’ Workshop Friday 1 st  November 17.00-18.30 

Join Margaret Skea for a workshop on how place can be used to inspire and create authentic historical fiction - focusing on Neidpath castle and its setting.

Price for ' If walls could speak'  Suitable for ages 14+ @ £7


Friday 1 November  (doors open from 4.30pm)

5pm-6.30pm –  ‘If Walls Could Speak’ – Writers Workshop with Margaret Skea.

Saturday 2 November 10am-5pm (doors open from 9.30am)

10.00 - Welcome and Introduction to Neidpath 

10.15 -  Louise Turner - Archaeology and Fiction

11.30 -  Margaret Skea - 'The Ayrshire Vendetta - 150 years of feuding.

12.30 -  Matt Seattle’s Border Pipe Music , during Lunch.

14.00 -  Theresa Breslin - Treasury of Castles

15.30 -  Graham Hunter – Costumes from Film & TV

Re-enactors from  ‘The Scots Brigade of the Sealed Knot’  will be at the castle all day to demonstrate weaponry and clothing and to talk to visitors.

Free Tea & Coffee all day. Snacks & Light Lunches to buy. Crafts for kids. Castle to explore….

Photo: Rusty Aldwinkle
Photo: Rusty Aldwinkle

Matt Seattle. Photo John Parris                                      Margaret Skea 


Theresa Breslin -photo credit - Maureen Bell Photograpy


Louise Turner


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