Professor Richard Dawkins to headline Hebridean Book Festival

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The world’s most famous atheist, Professor Richard Dawkins, is to headline this year’s Faclan Hebridean Book Festival.

The event, taking place at An Lanntair from October 30 to November 3, will this year explore the theme of ‘Belief’ and organisers have invited Professor Dawkins to talk about his 2006 best selling book ‘The God Delusion’.

Also on the line up is theologian and philosopher Keith Ward who will talk about his own book ‘Why There Almost Certainly is a God’ which was written in response to Professor Dawkins’ work.

This year’s programme includes Jenny Colgan, most famous for her romantic novels but also the author of the latest Dr Who novel ‘Dark Horizons’ released earlier this month.

The novel, written by her ‘feisy alter-ego’ JT Colgan, is set in the Western Isles during Viking Times and is the 11th Dr Who book. She will also present Cocktail Hour where will will talk about her best selling novels.

Several familiar faces will also feature including well known author John Love who will focus on Island Lighthouses including the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Flannan Isles lighthouse men in 1900.

Lewis-born author Donald S Murray will also take part

This year’s Faclan will include a mini film festival which will begin on Halloween with another chance to see Peter Urpeth’s piano accompaniment to FW Murneau’s Nosferatu as well as a specially commissioned live piono score from Mr Urpeth to accompany Vampyr by Dreyer.

A further treat for festival-goers will be the screening of Providence, a film from 1976 onboard a Stornoway fishing boat.

As ifsome world class authors and dramatic film screenings were not enough, the main gallery of An Lanntair will also feature Steve Dilworth’s Acts of Faith exhibition.

The festival is centred on An Lanntair in Stornoway but events will take place elsewhere and a schools programme will also be part of the programme.

For further details visit www.faclan.org.uk