We are delighted to announce that The Barony Centre is one of the Tidelines Book Festival venues. 

Tidelines is an independent book festival for the people of North Ayrshire and beyond. It aims to bring people to books and books to people, catering for all age groups and many different interests, including fiction and non-fiction.  Such was the success of the first Tidelines Book Festival in 2013 that this year that the number of events has doubled!

The Barony Centre's first event will be Poetry Platform with Michael Malone and Sheila Templeton, taking place on Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This event cost £5 and includes light refreshment.

A first-prize winner in the McCash Scots Language poetry competition and the Robert McLellan poetry competition, as well as winning other poetry awards, Sheila’s work has been published in many anthologies, magazines and newspapers.  And from 2009 to 2010 she was the Makar for the Federation of Writers, Scotland. At this event she will be reading a selection of her classic and new work.

Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult maybe.

Michael has had published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotlandand Markings. He is a founder member of Makar Press Poets and has had poetry collection In the Raw,jointanthology Running Threads and CD Lip Sync published by Makar Press.  His debut novel, Blood Tears, was released in 2012, followed by ATaste for Malice in 2013. He has also written about modern-day successful Scots in Carnegie’s Call, published in October 2012.

As part of the event you can bring your own poems to read, or sit back, relax and listen to others reading theirs.

Meet the Maker is our craft and poetry weekend workshop which takes place on Saturday 6th September, 10am till 4pm and Sunday 7th September, 12noon till 4pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This event is free but, as always, any donation toward the Barony Centre will be gratefully received.         

We are bringing together a resident maker and a poet who will explore the role of the written word within craft, with particular emphasis on book art and paper cutting.  An important part of the project is to explore Scots language, including Gaelic, through poetry, prose and making and to tie this to a celebration of Scots’ role beyond our shores.

Drop in sessions will be open to the public throughout the two days.  The audience will be involved in writing and making, with work produced during the event contributing to a book art and paper cutting installation.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.


Please follow the link to the Tidelines Book Festival website where you can find full details and download the programme of events:  http://www.tidelinesbookfest.com/welcome/