Fear is the key for Faclan book fest

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Fear – from unease and foreboding to outright terror – is the theme of this year’s Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival, which will open on Hallowe’en, October 31.

Faclan is one of the flagship cultural events at An Lanntair on the Isle of Lewis and its uniquely dramatic location draws audiences and top-level authors from across the UK.

This year, a new Faclan Fringe will spread the festival programme across the island.

Peter May in Stornoway
Peter May in Stornoway.

Highlights include Peter May, whose Lewis trilogy has brought Hebridean Noir to an international audience; Sir Christopher Frayling, who will discuss the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; and acclaimed author Louise Welsh, who will reflect on the role of fear in her work.

The Faclan Fringe is supported by LEADER funding and is part of a new programme of winter festivals that will continue at An Lanntair until March 2019.

Full programme details will be announced – along with the rest of the Faclan programme – at the beginning of September.

As in previous years, Faclan’s author events will be supported by daytime film screenings – which this year will also focus on the festival theme of fear.

Early bird tickets are available now, priced £55.

An Lanntair’s head of visual arts and literature Roddy Murray, said: ‘Faclan each year is not so much programmed as orchestrated. The intention is to juxtapose, cluster and sequence speakers and events to create an experience that exceeds its component parts. It is no accident that writers such as Philip Hoare have called it “extraordinary” and “a gift”.’

Faclan will run from Wednesday October 31 to Saturday November 3. Tickets
for individual events will go on sale when the full programme is announced on Sunday September 2.

To book tickets, visit www.lanntair.com/Faclan or call the An Lanntair box office on 01851 708480.