Poetry Taster January

Award-winning writer Michael J Malone joined another award-winning poet Sheila Templeton in a night of Scots and Doric verse, with whisky and haggis. An open-mic session followed with some talented local poets taking to the stage. A great night enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Michelle of Timberbooks for providing a pop-up book shop.

Tidelines Taster event: Richard Holloway


Tidelines Book Festival presents outspoken and controversial writer, broadcaster and former cleric Richard Holloway to talk about his latest book.

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion – from the dawn of religious belief to the twenty-first century – with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers who might be making their minds up, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, the author also also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and Creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more. Holloway proves an emphatic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

Friday 24 March 6.30 – 7.30pm at Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.
Tickets only £5 from HAC 01294 274059

If the book has a message for our times, it comes when Holloway notes the fact that religion has an extraordinary instinct for survival. It is, he writes, “the anvil that has worn out many hammers”.Since, on such a basis, it is here to stay for the foreseeable future, there can be no better place to learn more about it than in the pages of this enlightening book.        The Guardian

A great big thank you . . .

. . . to all our funders, sponsors, authors and supporters who have helped to make Tidelines 2016 our biggest and best yet. You are fantastic people who share our love of good books and the joy of reading.
The Tidelines team is already hard at work on next year’s exciting festival. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to send us comments (complimentary ones we hope) or suggestions for next year’s festival, please contact us at
We’d love to hear from you.


A huge thank you from Tidelines

Well folks, that’s the end of Tidelines 2016. We’re all packed up and off for a wee rest after our superdooper weekend of author events. . . and what a weekend it was! We started on a high with Paul Kavanagh and Alistair Moffat, and ended with sellout events with Denise Mina and Horsehead Theatre.


Many thanks to all the folks who bought tickets and came along to Irvine harbourside to join in our fantastic festival.

A great big thank you to all our authors, from near and far, who helped us create a successful weekend. Well done!

Also a huge thanks to all our sponsors, funders and supporters – without you, we wouldn’t exist! Thanks also to the staff at HAC – you were brilliant. 

Our wonderful Tidelines volunteers did such a great job – you’re a fantastic bunch of enthusiastic people, and we can’t do without you.

Timberbooks pop-up bookshop was brilliant. If you don’t know them, they have an unbelievable book shop in a church in West Kilbride – try to pay them a visit.

And lastly, THANK YOU to staff and helpers at Puffers Café, the Scottish Maritime Museum and KA Leisure at the Magnum.  Super venues and we are so grateful for your support.

We’ll be back on:   22-24 September 2017

Look out for Tidelines Tasters to tempt you over the winter

Mark Beaumont closes the Magnum!

We’re nearly there . . .

It’s nearly time for Tidelines 2016. Two of our events are sold out, and tickets are going fast. Don’t get left behind – make sure you’ve got yours!  Each author event lasts about an hour, so why not book for two or more and enjoy a coffee or a wee glass of something between? You can enjoy a meal at Duncan’s or the Ship Inn and make a day of it in the exciting and vibrant atmosphere of North Ayrshire’s ONLY book festival.

Round the world cyclist Mark Beaumont will tell us about his record-breaking adventure Africa Solo . Come and hear about his incredible adventures in the last ever event at the Magnum Centre before it closes!
Friday 23 September 7.30 – 8.30pm
Magnum Theatre
Tickets £8

Help your kids to get reading

There is no better way to get your kids involved in books than by setting an example. Let them see you enjoying books. Take them to your local library – it’s free and there’s loads of kids’ activities to keep them busy.


Even if they’re too young to read – it’s the early years that are so important for starting a reading habit.

Read to them as often as possible and get them out to storytelling events.

We’ve got the very thing for 3 year olds and up.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook brings stories and songs and lots of fun!

Saturday 24 September 11.00-12.00
Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Family Tickets £5 (for 4)

Get your tickets in person at HAC or by phone 01294 274 059 (no booking fee) or click here.

Kids get up close to books with Tidelines

Ever wonder how to get your kids to put down their phones and discover the joy of reading? For the fourth year running, Tidelines Book Festival in North Ayrshire is working with North Ayrshire Council to provide exciting and stimulating events with real-life authors to encourage young people to get involved with books.

As part of this year’s September festival, three well-known authors will be working with classes, explaining how they got started and reading from their own work. Jonathan Meres (The World of Norm series), Stuart Reid (Gorgeous George and numerous Scottish history books for young people) and Andy Briggs (Polybius: The Urban Legend) are exciting and innovative authors, who will provide six sessions in North Ayrshire schools. Storyteller Mrs Mash will deliver two sessions for early years classes.

mrs mash (3 of 4)

Free books for children will be provided by Tidelines, with support from the Scottish Book Trust and the Big Lottery.

Meeting an inspirational author can open up new worlds, help you to have new experiences and test new ideas. It can be something to take with you for the rest of your life. Tidelines is providing a fantastic opportunity to open young minds.

The youngest members of the family will not be left out. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook will be entertaining with songs, stories and fun for 3 year olds and up at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine on

Saturday 24 September at 11.00-12.00

Tickets £5 per family (4) from HAC tel: 01294 274059 (no booking fee) or clicking here.

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