From Japan to Tidelines – the varied life of a BBC sports presenter

John Beattie, BBC sports presenter


Currently in Japan for the Scotland v Japan rugby test series, John Beattie will be coming to Tidelines to talk about his life and his passion for sport.

John Beattie played 25 times for Scotland at rugby and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions. He was recently voted Scotland’s best ever Number 8 by his peers.

He now presents the lunch time news programme on BBC Radio Scotland, fronts documentaries on TV and radio, and commentates for TV and radio on rugby and other sports.

Don’t miss out!

Sunday 25 September, 3.00pm
Harbour Arts Centre

Get on yer bike to Tidelines Book Festival

Fantastic news for this year’s festival. We’re so excited! 


Mark Beaumont has become a household name for his record breaking feats of endurance and BBC documentaries. Africa Solo is the story Cairo to Cape Town, 10,000km against the clock, taking 18 days off the previous fastest time, through the Sahara desert, the Ethiopian Highlands and great savannahs of the likes of Tanzania and South Africa. Since The Man who Cycled the World, nearly 10 years ago, Mark has taken on expeditions in the high mountains, the Arctic and across the oceans, but is happiest of all with life on two wheels!



The Top 3 Most Shareable Quotes from Books Revealed


“I am your master… and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.”

Outlander Vol. 1, Diana Gabaldon


“You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day and the next you’d waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you and the smell of the earth in your face, almost you’d cry for that, the beauty of it and the sweetness of the Scottish land and skies.”

Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon


“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Twits, Roald Dahl


From the Scottish Book Trust website:

Scottish Book Trust – Live Literature


Tidelines author sessions are part-funded by Live Literature.

Each year, over 1,000 events take place across Scotland that are supported by the Live Literature programme, with a total estimated audience of 50,000 people.

You might have attended a Live Literature event. They’ve helped fund some well-known events in Scotland such as The West End Festival in Glasgow and StAnza in St Andrews, as well as supporting charities, libraries, book groups, schools and NHS trusts across the country.

New addition to Tidelines Team

We are delighted that Teresa Talbot will be joining the Tidelines board. You may remember that she appeared as part of the 2015 Festival  with BBC weather presenter, Judith Ralston. Her debut novel is This is What I Look Like.

Theresa Talbot

“Theresa Talbot is a freelance writer, journalist and radio presenter, perhaps best known as the voice of Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland and as the host of The Beechgrove Potting Shed. Prior to working with the BBC she was with Radio Clyde and the AA Roadwatch team. Theresa worked in various roles before entering the media as an assistant in children’s homes, a Pepsi Challenge girl and a library assistant. She ended up at the BBC because of an eavesdropped conversation on a no.66 bus in Glasgow. Her passions include rescuing chickens, gardening, music and yoga.”  (Amazon books)

Michael J. Malone joins Tidelines group

Michael J Malone

The Board members of Tidelines are delighted that we will be joined this year by Michael J Malone. Michael is an award-winning poet and author, born and brought up in Ayr. His latest book A Suitable Lie will be published in September. Michael brings a wealth of experience of the Scottish book scene and a knowledge of book festivals which will be a valuable asset to our small but enthusiastic group of volunteers.

At the same tine, we are sorry to lose a valued member of the Board. John Steele, who was a founder member of Tidelines in 2013, has announced his retiral from the group. John with his wife Noreen has written several books about HMS Dasher, as well as other non-fiction works, and is well known in the local area for his passion for the written word. We hope to see John at some of our events in September.