Bookish events

We’re still enjoying the buzz from some recent events

To celebrate National Poetry Day in October, we held a Haiku Competition on the themes of Pets, Harvest and Halloween. We had a hard task to choose just three winners out of the many, fabulous entries: congratulations goes to Bob, Hannah and our overall winner, Sophie, with her Pumpkin haiku:

An orange carcass
Glows brightly on the doorstep,
Leering, crooked smile

This was closely followed by the auspicious weekend of the 9th & 10th October. The book stars were aligned that weekend, when we celebrated Independent Bookshop Day, the Bookmark 2021 Book Festival and Ralph’s birthday.

Huge congratulations to the whole BOOKMARK team and the marvellous authors, interviewers, contributors and sponsors for having the courage and tenacity to go ahead with the festival and bring us such a feast of delights:

  • 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
  • Ewan Morrison taking us in the intriguing darkness of How to Survive Everything
  • 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

Many, many thanks to BOOKMARK for this hugely entertaining weekend.

BOOKMARK – Meet the Author: Jim Mackintosh – 6th November

The BOOKMARK team don’t like to rest on their laurels. On the 6th November, we have the opportunity to meet and hear from Jim Mackintosh, co-editor of Beyond the Swelkie, together with poets Beth McDonough and John Glenday. They will be discussing the poems and essays collected in this book to celebrate the life of George Mackay Brown. Details of how to buy tickets for the event are available from the BOOKMARK website.

You can buy  Beyond the Swelkie from us, along with various works by George Mackay Brown. You can find details of these on our Good Reads page.

Book Week Scotland – 15th – 21st November

Of course, we like to promote Scottish authors and books all year round, but it’s always good to shine a spotlight on Scotland’s writers and stories and to celebrate their richness. Book Week Scotland is in its tenth year, and is supported by the Scottish Book Trust, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Libraries and Information Council – events are happening across the country, including writing workshops, interviews with authors and storytelling. You can find out more about the events by clicking here: Book Week Scotland events. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Blairgowrie is planning lots of fun in the run up to Christmas, starting with the switching on of the Christmas Lights in the Wellmeadow on 27th November, when we’ll be open until 8pm. Gives me a good excuse to get our lovely Sholach-grown tree back in the bookshop and all the Christmas bunting up!

We’ll also be open until 7pm on the 7th of December as part of Blairgowrie’s Late Night Shopping evening. If you’re stuck for ideas for presents, do come and see us – we’ve a whole shop full of answers!

Our Christmas catalogue also has lots of ideas – do come and pick up a copy to have a browse. We stock lots of the titles from the catalogue and can order any of the books in for you, but don’t leave ordering too late!



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