Two Poets, a Pie and a Dram – Friday 18 January 2019    7pm

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Two Poets, a Pie and a Dram

Following the success of our 2018 January Poetry event, Tidelines is delighted to welcome back award-winning poets Michael J Malone and Sheila Templeton for a dash of wit, a wee taste of haggis, and a warming dram to chase away the January blues. Join Michael and Sheila as they read their own work in Scots, English and Doric, and introduce an open-mike spot for local poets.

Tickets £10 includes a haggis pie* and a drink.

(*veggie option available – please ask when booking)

Booking Office   01294 274059

or book online HERE   (booking fee applies)



Tidelines’ first ever writer development event: Pitch & Punt

This year Tidelines are running their first ever writer development event Pitch & Punt. Unpublished and self-published writers will read their work for an expert panel, who will then share their advice and expertise in front of a live audience.


We are delighted to announce that our Pitch & Punt panel will be chaired by independent publisher, author and industry expert Keith Charters, aided and abetted by author Michael Malone, author and broadcaster Theresa Talbot and writer and creative writing tutor David McLaughlan. All four will be giving feedback to our participating writers and sharing some of their expertise on how best to present work to publishers. Tickets for audience members are £3 and are available to purchase along with our other Tidelines events. Read on to find out more about the panel.


Keith Charters runs Strident Publishing, one of Scotland’s main independent book publishers, and is himself the author of Lee and the Consul Mutants and three other titles for 9+ children. He’s also Cultural Enterprise Office’s Industry Associate for Publishing & Literature. Keith has presented and chaired at Aye Write and Edinburgh Book Festivals. Locally, he’s probably best known for chairing almost as many North Ayrshire Libraries’ Readers’ Days as Jimmy Carr has hosted panel shows. @KeithCharters


Michael J Malone is a poet and author, with ten books and two poetry collections to his name. Michael has worked in a variety of positions in the book world including bookseller, author, editor, and as a sales manager for a high-profile London-based publisher. His latest novel After He Died is due for release in September 2018. @michaeljmalone1


Theresa Talbot is a BBC Broadcaster, probably best known as the voice of Traffic & Travel on Radio Scotland.  Her career on radio has been as varied as her hairstyles; freelance comedy writer, documentary producer and presenter of Radio Scotland’s Gardening programme ‘The Beechgrove Potting Shed’. Her first book This is What I Look Like, published in 2014, is an anecdotal account of growing up in Glasgow and working on radio (said by some to be funny). She’s since turned to a life of crime with The Lost Children & Keep Her Silent, the first two parts in the Oonagh O’Neil trilogy, with the final book due out in 2019. @Theresa_Talbot


David McLaughlan has had fourteen books published (as far as he can remember) and pitched to many publishers. He has been a freelance writer for fifteen years and writes as Francis Gay in the Sunday Post, although he says the high point of his career will always be when he wrote Dennis the Menace for The Beano. David tutors three writing groups and loves helping other discover their inner writer. @davidwordworker


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