Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeenshire literary festival hailed a success as fourth year comes to close

Inverurie held its very own Comic Con “Inver-Con II” as part of the World of Words literary festival at The Garioch Community Centre. 
Picture of (L-R) David Johnston and James Murray.
Inverurie held its very own Comic Con “Inver-Con II” as part of the World of Words literary festival at The Garioch Community Centre. Picture of (L-R) David Johnston and James Murray.

A literary festival which raises money for charitable causes in Aberdeenshire has been hailed a success.

The fourth annual World of Words festival in Inverurie attracted record numbers of people, with scores of visitors taking part in a variety of events ranging from author talks to Garioch’s own Comic Con.

About 400 comic book fans dressed up as their favourite superhero, TV and film character, turned out for Inver-Con and the popularity of the sell-out event means organiser Neil Baillie has already promised it will return next year.

Other hits included the launch of If Goalposts Could Talk – a book by David Fasken on the history of the Inverurie Loco Works FC – and Groupfest, an opportunity to meet the people behind 20 of Inverurie’s community groups and clubs.

Visitors also flocked to a talk by author Matt Lewis on his book Last Man Off, which tells the true story if survival in the Southern Ocean.

The festival – which raises funds for the town’s Christmas lights and supports local causes through Inverurie Events – came to a close on Saturday.

And despite some last-minute disappointment, when Gregory’s Girl star and author John Gordon Sinclair was forced to pull out of the last event on the festival programme, Mr Baillie said it had been a week of highs.

He said: “The week was very good, a particular high point being the book launch for the Locos, If Goalposts Could Talk, and Inver-Con.

“We had some good events on the go. Inver-Con is one that we’d like to see expanding because it was well appreciated by the people that turned up.

“But we are looking forward to putting on a World of Words festival next year with great enthusiasm and looking forward to seeing who we can get.

“Unfortunately we had a bit of unfortunate circumstances with some of our authors being unable to come due to ill health and John Gordon Sinclair was unable to make the event.

“It has been taken in good understanding by the people of Inverurie.

“We have made some money and we’ll progress that towards the Inverurie Christmas Weekender on November 9.”

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond said: “The 2015 World of Words has be a great success. Reading has always been a great love of mine and events like this are important for promoting our local artists and writers.

“The festival has managed to deliver a world of words in just one week and I can’t wait for next year’s event.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]