Hebridean Healers: The Beatons of Mull

Friday 25 October | 10.00 – 11.00am

A voyage of discovery into the story of the Beatons of Pennycross – members of one of Scotland’s most significant medical families. The book explores the historical setting, the Beatons’ herbal treatments (many of which are still used) and the almost unbelievable survival of Gaelic manuscripts from their library. The site of their physic garden can still be seen today.

Miek Zwamborn, Elizabeth Carter


The Golden Ticket

Join us for the whole Festival Weekend and attend all the events with our Golden Ticket. One ticket to rule them all … so even better than Willie Wonka’s!

The Golden Ticket includes  all the talks and our ‘Lunch with … ‘ and ‘Dinner with …’ events.

Roger Grenville-Morgan | Across a Waking Land

Friday 25 October | 11.30am–12.30pm

A 1,000-Mile Walk through a British Spring

Roger Grenville-Morgan walked from one end of Britain to the other exploring reasons to be hopeful within the current climate crisis. Part travelogue, part ecological reflection, Across a Waking Land is a rich and complex book which challenges many of our assumptions about what is happening in the world and our response to it.

Shearwater is the story of the astonishing life cycle of the eponymous bird – a story which begins and ends in this telling on the island of Mull.


Lunch with Gareth Cole | Café Canna

Friday 25 October | 1.00pm – 2.30 pm

Gareth and his family moved to Canna from London and set up a gourmet restaurant on an island with a population of 18! With no shop and erratic supplies, many of the ingredients which feature on the menu at Café Canna are sourced locally from land and sea. This book is both a wonderful collection of seasonal recipes and the inspiring story of building a business at the heart of a small community in the face of what might seem insuperable odds.


Sue Lawrence | New Scottish Baking

Friday 25 October | 3.00 pm–4.00 pm

Sue is one of our foremost cookery writers. With 150 recipes, her new book is the definitive statement on Scottish baking, mixing traditional favourites with exciting, contemporary recipes. Sue will also be talking about her new novel The Lady’s Rock, about a very dark episode in the history of the Macleans of Duart.


Alexander McCall Smith | The Winds from Further West

Friday 25 October | 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Picking up the pieces of his life, Dr Neil Anderson finds his way to Mull from Edinburgh, where two wolf cubs and local vet Katie change his life.

Sandy’s love of the west shines through in this novel, written in his customary beautiful prose. Over the years he has been a regular guest at our book festival, so we are especially excited that he is here to talk about his first adult novel largely set on the island. Sandy will of course bring updates from all our favourites including the new novel in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, The Great Hippopotamus Hotel.


Peter Angus Macnab | Mull and The Clearances

Friday 25 October | 6. 30 pm on & Dinner

Born in 1903, Peter was a much-loved figure on Mull and the author of a number of books about the island. He died at the age of 98 in 2002. This, his last book, has remained unpublished till now and includes a foreword by Sally Magnusson, whose own family were cleared from Mull. This is an evening in memory of Peter and his work, and will also feature the first reading of a short play on the Clearances.


Annie Worsley | Windswept: Life, Nature and Deep Time in the Scottish Highlands

Saturday 26 October | 10.00 am -11.00 am

Beautifully written and shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Award, Annie reveals what it’s like to trade a busy life of academia for a croft on the west coast of Scotland, where she is involved in regenerating and rebuilding the natural environment. Annie writes with great power about landscape, sea and sky in Windswept, described as an ‘instant classic’ of nature writing by the Sunday Telegraph.


Neil Ansell | The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence

Saturday 26 October | 11.30 am-12.30 pm

Neil’s writing ranges from Wales and the New Forest to Lochaber and Jura. The Last Wilderness is a meditation of walking alone in the Rough Bounds and Lochaber but also of the silence that comes with growing hearing loss. Neil’s work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Wainwright Prize and the Highland Book Prize.


Lunch with Sarah Rankin | Kith: Scottish Seasonal Food

Saturday 26 October | 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Master Chef Finalist Sarah Rankin celebrates the riches of Scotland’s seasonal larder in a range of traditional and contemporary recipes all featuring locally sourced produce. Sarah is an active broadcaster, food writer and demonstrator. Kith is her first book and has already been named as ‘one of the cookbooks of the year’ by Scottish Field.


Andy Wightman | The Poor Had No Lawyers

Saturday 26 October | 3.00 pm–4.00 pm

A radical revision and update of Andy’s seminal work. Since its first edition, the issues of land and ownership in Scotland have continued to become ever more contentious, particularly as housing and the environment move to the top of the political agenda. A superb speaker, Andy reveals the devastating effects on us and on Scotland by our refusal to grasp what needs to be done.


Mollie Hughes | Blue Scotland

Saturday 26 October | 4.30 pm –5.30 pm

Breathe: Life Lessons from the Edge of the World

Mollie is the youngest woman ever to reach the summit of Everest from both North and South sides and the youngest woman to ski solo from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. She will be talking about her forthcoming book Breathe on breaking through the barriers to  confront our fears and realize our potential.


Dinner with Alex Gray | Out of Darkness

Saturday 26 October | 6.30 pm onwards

DSI Lorimer is one of Scotland’s best-known detectives. Out of Darkness finds him in Zimbabwe and in great danger as events unfold back home. Alex Gray has a long connection with Mull, where DSI Lorimer has spent some time, and is returning to Tobermory to launch her new book in this bestselling series.