Bookish events

National Poetry Day – 7th October

Poetry can make you laugh, smile, cry or think. We have a wide selection of poetry from individual poets, through to skilfully created compendiums. My current poet companion is George Mackay Brown. The poems collected in Carve the Runes are a delight of observation – people from all walks of Orkney life, in all sorts of weathers. They are poems to read, savour and re-read.

We’ll be putting some of our favourite poems up in the window, and would love to know about your favourite poets and poems – come and visit us in the bookshop or email us at


Haiku Competition – 1st-7th October

Our annual Haiku competition this year has the themes of Pets, Harvest and Halloween (not necessarily all in one poem!)

Haikus can be an exquisite art form – concise and bursting with imagery. The poet essentially has 17 syllables to play with: 5 in the first line, 7 in the second line and 5 in the last line.

By way of an example:

Raindrops on the roof.
Golden leaves crunch underfoot.
Snuggle with a book.
– Ann Southall

Spider webs stroke me
In the expanding darkness
Of morning dog walks
– Rananda Rich

Send in your entries, with your name and contact details. You can pop them into the bookshop, or send them in by email or Facebook. You can find our contact details at

We’ll be announcing a winner on National Poetry Day (7th October). The winner will receive a £20 book token, with two runner-up prizes of £10 each – possibly to spend on some of our marvellous poetry books.

Bookshop Day – 9th October (aka Ralph’s birthday)

A day to celebrate bookshops, big and small. A day to celebrate browsing, blethering and all things bookish. A day to celebrate stories – factual or fictional, written or our own.

We clearly love bookshops; come in and share why you do too.

BOOKMARK 2021 Book Festival – 9th & 10th October

Yes – the festival is back (fingers and everything else crossed)!

In memory of Christine Findlay, this year’s festival offers a fabulous programme of talks around the theme of ‘Going Abroad and Coming Home’, starting with:

  • Billy Kay talking about his book The Scottish World
  • Andrew Crummy discussing The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
  • C J Schüler taking us Along The Amber Route
  • Rachael Joyce entertaining us with Miss Benson’s Beetle – winner of the 2020 BOOKMARK Book of the Year Award
  • James Roberton bringing us his new best seller News of the Dead
  • Ken Cox & Jim Jermyn offering hope for beginner gardeners with Gardening Made Simple
  • Shona MacLean taking us into the intriguing House of Lamentations
  • And Caroline Milligan and Jock Duncan bringing us Going to the Berries and Jock’s Jocks

The event will be held at the Blairgowrie Community Campus, and tickets for the weekend or individual events can be bought by following the links from the BOOKMARK website, or from

BOOKMARK– 01250 875613 –

Blairgowrie Library   01250 871305

Adventure into Books  01250 872852 – from 21 September

Booklore 01250 871120 –  from 21 September



Once masks are no longer needed in shops we will be holding storytime sessions. If you would be interested in this, please let us know: Get in touch