Tidelines is North Ayrshire’s only independent book festival and we held our first events in 2013.

In 2014, Tidelines became a registered charity SC045075. We aim to cater for all age groups and many different interests, including fiction and non-fiction. In parallel with the Festival we run a dedicated schools programme, bringing authors and their books to children and young people.

Each Festival is planned and organised by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.

We aim to grow through appealing to a wide range of reading tastes, and to attract visitors to the splendid Firth of Clyde when travel restrictions due to Covd-19 are lifted.

The Tidelines Book Festival Board are all volunteers. It includes authors, writers, members of readers’ groups, marketing consultants, a chartered accountant, an HR manager, librarians, and volunteer officers from North Ayrshire Council’s Information and Culture Department and East Renfrewshire Libraries. Team members have a wealth of experience in running a wide range of literature and arts events, including North Ayrshire’s annual Readers’ Day, numerous school activities, the Weekend of Words writing festival, storytelling festivals, and arts festivals and events.

The Tidelines Board meet throughout the year to plan our next Festival. We also have a team of volunteers who help out at each event.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at events:

Email: tidelinesbookfest@gmail.com


2021 Board Members

Melanie Nolan (Co-Chair)

I’m one of the original Tidelines’ Board members and have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer. I’ve been working in the book world in various guises for 30+ years and still love the smell of a new book! Favourite books include Shadow of the Wind, Birdsong, Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.  Currently reading Marram by Leonie Charlton. Love reading (obvs), music, the sea.


Janice Weir (Co-Chair)

I am a recently retired librarian, having spent more than 40 years working in school and public libraries. I got involved with the Tidelines Book Festival in 2015 and have loved meeting and getting to know so many fellow book lovers. I have always loved reading and I am an enthusiastic user of libraries. I read many different genres and have too many favourite authors to pick one out. My favourite book so far this year is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. I live in North Ayrshire and spend my spare time (when I’m not reading), walking, bird watching and adoring my new grandson. 


Julie Muir (Secretary)

I joined Tidelines in 2019 having previously volunteered at Aye Write in Glasgow. My first practical contribution was to facilitate and join in with the community poetry workshops and that was me hooked! I have a busy work life as an HR Manager with a charity but always make time to read – mainly fiction and poetry and I enjoy lively participation in a couple of book clubs. Being involved with such a fabulous local book festival and part of the dedicated Tidelines team is a great experience.


Eleanor Freckleton (Treasurer)

A chartered accountant by trade, I am the designated bean counter (Treasurer) for Tidelines. A post I enjoy doing, especially having seen the Festival go from strength to strength since its inception. With a passion for the great outdoors, I am a keen hill-walker in my spare time, and am currently halfway through climbing all the munros (hills in Scotland over 3,000 feet). Add to that a bit of cycling, as well as snow-shoeing in winter, and there is not much spare time left! Just enough to enjoy a variety of books, including travel stories and historical fiction.


Siobhan Staples (Board Member)

I’ve been a Tidelines volunteer since 2017, and it’s been a joy to be a part of developing the Festival over that time. I’m also a writer, with stories published in several Scottish anthologies including New Writing Scotland. I’m a former editor of literary journal ‘From Glasgow to Saturn’ and my day job is in the NHS, where I distract myself on the difficult days by making up stories in my head. I read a lot, mostly either crime novels or literary fiction, depending on my mood and what’s ended up in my reading pile by the bed!


Michael J Malone (Board Member)

Michael J. Malone hails from Ayr, he has published 11 novels, 1 work of non-fiction, over 200 poems and has had pieces published in The Guardian and The Telegraph. He has worked as a bookseller for a high street chain, and as a Regional Sales Manager (Scotland and North England) for a major publishing house based in London – adding to this is his lifelong habit (compulsion) of reading so he really has a 360 degree experience of the book world. 


Morven Gow (Board Member)

I became a Tidelines volunteer in 2017 and have loved being part of the team since then, donning the famous aqua shirt at annual Tidelines Book Festivals. My career was in marketing but I also have an MLitt in Publishing Studies. Currently, I am a PhD research student studying book publishing cultures. My favourite five books read in 2020 are: Marram by Leonie Charlton (Sandstone Press); Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Sceptre Publishing, and winner of the Highland Book Prize); The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezon Camara (Charco Press, trans. Fiona Mackintosh & Iona Macintyre); Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (Sort of Books Publishing); and The Air Year by Caroline Bird (Carcanet).