Nicola Sturgeon, Val McDermid and Kirsty Wark among stellar line-up coming to Women of the World festival in Perth…

Written by Gillian Furmage, 26 October 2017

THE Women of the World festival is coming to Scotland for the first time from Friday 27th October.

Venues in Perth will be hosting events featuring speakers such as Scotland’s First Minister, author Val McDermid and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.
WOW Festival 2017 will officially launch with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in conversation with WOW founder Jude Kelly on Friday 27th at Perth Concert Hall.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was ‘proud’ to be opening the festival.

She said: “Events such as WOW are extremely important. They help to open up the debate about gender parity, how we can accelerate progress, overcome the obstacles facing women today and how we can deliver an age of true equality.
“Achieving this is my priority as First Minister, but it is an important task for all of us.

“I look forward to an evening of great discussion celebrating and recognising the many achievements of women and girls.”

Kirtsy Wark’s discussion will be titled ‘Is 60 the new 30?’ and will explore the realities facing women as they step into the ‘third age’
Joining Kirsty will be Perth locals Rachel Weiss – founder of Perth’s (and the world’s) first Menopause Café – and Clare Cooper, an entrepreneur and passionate advocate for independent living for older people, to feature during the hour long chat on Saturday afternoon at Perth Concert Hall.

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JK Rowling and Val McDermid show their love for Strictly Susan’s Wonder Woman…

Writers JK Rowling and Val McDermid hinted which Strictly Come Dancing contestant has their hearts as they Tweeted their support for Susan Calman’s Wonder Woman performance.

The Scottish comedian delighted the audience, judges and viewers with her performance on the BBC One contest’s movie-themed week on Saturday, dancing the first samba of the series with partner Kevin Clifton.

The Harry Potter author lauded it the best television she has ever seen as Calman swapped the traditional man-woman positions by spinning Clifton on the floor, and the pair included Beyonce’s signature body-pump move.

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Judy Murray to join authors at annual Book Week Scotland…

Wednesday 04 October 2017

Tennis coach Judy Murray, conservationist John Lister-Kay and cookery guru Sue Lawrence will be among the authors taking part in Scotland’s annual celebration of books and literature. Crime writers Denise Mine, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Christopher Brookmyre are all taking part in Book Week Scotland, the nationwide initiative about to be staged for the sixth time.

Matthew Fitt, the writer who is adapting JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books into Scots, will be giving special readings while a signed copy by the author of the second novel in the series will be auctioned off. The programme will also feature a workshop with former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and an insight into the career of award-winning author Bernard MacLaverty.

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