Author of Flodden Novel at book festival

After Flodden author Rosemary Goring
After Flodden author Rosemary Goring

Cockenzie House will this year be hosting the very first Book Festival in Cockenzie and Port Seton.

The Book Festival, Write by the Shore, takes place on the first weekend in November, bringing a number of well-known authors to Cockenzie House.

The Book Festival is happy to announce the programme line up for Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2.

There will be five sessions spread across the two day event, with authors from a number of genres, including history, crime fiction, children’s book, poets and sport taking part.

Appearing at the festival will be Dunbar author Rosemary Goring.

Rosemary’s debut novel, an exploration of the Battle of Flodden and its aftermath, with a focus on its effects on a female protagonist, came out last year.

The novel, After Flodden has drawn praise from Costa Prize winner Andrew Miller, who described it as “A well-told tale of a violent time; fast-moving and packed with incident.”

Rosemary, who was born in Dunbar, will appear at the festival on a panel discussing historical fiction.

She is well qualified this,as not only does she have a historical novel under her belt, but she has also published Scotland: the Biography, and a prize for Scottish history while in her final year at St Andrews University.

She is now the literary editor and columnist at The Herald.

“I am used to research,” she said of After Flodden. “I used the letters of King James and Patrick Patiner, his right hand man, as well as treasurers accounts from the time.

“So that meant that I knew what they would be wearing, what they would be spending their money on, things like that.”

A two day weekend ticket for the Book Festival costs just £35, a great price to see a variety of authors as well as musical performances, readings from local authors and to partake of wine and nibbles.

A day ticket can be purchased for £20 or a session ticket at the low price of £10.

Tickets can be purchased at Cockenzie House, to do so contact them on 01875 819456.