Faclan:the Hebridean Book Festival returns from 31 October to 3 November - and now on welovestornoway.com there's a chance to read interviews with some of the key authors for both main Festival and the Children's Festival - available on 

Highlights announced last month include the launch of The Darkest Dawn, a new book marking the 100th anniversary of the Iolaire tragedy, in which over 200 men from Lewis and Harris lost their lives only tens of metres from a beach in a massive storm.   

Faclan 2018’s line-up of authors – many of them reflecting on this year’s festival theme of Fear– includes Peter May and Malcolm Mackay, both discussing Hebridean Noir; Sir Christopher Frayling on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (following a screening of the classic 1931 film); Finlay Macleod on the true history of a semi-mythical 19th century bogeyman who stalked the moors of Lewis and Harris; and Louise Welsh, who will reflect on the role of fear in her work.  In a very different approach to fear, Kathryn Mannix will explore the various taboos around death.

Other highlights include a Saturday night appearance by leading spoken word performer  Hollie McNish, a screening of vampire classic Nosferatu with a live piano score by  Peter Urpeth, a voyage into the underworld with composer Jessica Danz; and a tribute to the late Gaelic writer, playwright and storyteller Chrisella Ross.

In addition to the packed programme of author and musical events, there will be daytime film screenings throughout the festival, also focusing on the theme of Fear – Psycho, Village of the Damned, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Rosemary’s Baby, Schalcken the Painter, The Babadook, and classic ghost story Whistle and I’ll Come to You, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

There will also be a programme of events for schools, Faclan Òga, running throughout the festival.

The full Faclan programme is online at www.lanntair.com/faclan

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