South Ayrshire Libraries Readers’ Day 2015


A day for all those who enjoy reading

Join us for competitions, cream tea and a nice lunch on Sunday 4 October, from 10.30am – 4pm.  Tell us all about your perfect read and discover new authors at our annual Readers’ Day celebrations.

Featuring guest speakers

Jim Carruth is one of Scotland’s leading poets. He was born in Johnstone and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. His first collection Bovine Pastoral was published in 2004. Since then he has brought out a further five collections and an illustrated fable. He is one of the founders and current chair of St Mungo’s Mirrorball, the Glasgow network of poets and poetry lovers and is a committee member of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival. Jim was appointed the poet laureate of Glasgow in July 2014. His most recent collection is Killochries, a lyrical narrative bringing two very different characters into a tense and ultimately rewarding dialogue; it was published by Freight Books in April 2015.

Cathy MacPhail Inspirational award winning author Cathy MacPhail was born and brought up in Greenock, Scotland, where she still lives. Before becoming a children’s author, she wrote short stories for magazines, comedy programmes for radio and two romantic novels. Cathy was inspired to write her first children’s book Run Zan Run’ after her daughter was bullied at school.

Cathy writes spooky thrillers for younger readers as well as teen novels and has the unique ability to get to the heart of serious, topical issues through the stories of her feisty characters.

Anne Donovan is the author of the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and other Stories (2001) and the novels Buddha Da (2003), Being Emily (2008) and Gone Are The Leaves (2014), all published by Canongate.

Buddha Da was shortlisted for several prizes, including the Orange Prize and the Scottish Arts Council  Book of the Year. It won Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius. All That Glisters won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Award. Gone Are The Leaves was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Literary Book of the Year Award.

Mark Douglas-Home is a journalist turned author. The Sea Detective, his first novel, was published in 2011 to critical praise. It introduced a new kind of investigator to crime fiction – an oceanographer called Cal McGill who tracks floating objects, including dead bodies, at sea. A sequel, The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea, was published in April 2013 (‘a classic whodunit,’ according to The Scotsman’s respected reviewer Allan Massie). Before writing books, Mark was editor of Scotland’s leading daily newspaper, The Herald, for five years and editor of The Sunday Times Scotland. He has also held senior roles with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

10.30am Registration & Coffee

10.45am Mark Douglas-Home

11.30am Cathy MacPhail

12.30pm  Lunch – Competitions

1.15pm Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1.30pm Anne Donovan

2.30pm Jim Carruth

3.30pm Cream Tea & Competitions

4pm Finish & Prizes

Booking Information


£15 full day (includes cream tea and lunch)
£7.50 half day
 (includes cream tea)

To find out more information about this event, or to book please contact: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB Telephone: 01292 286385


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