Literally at Newbattle event

Supported by the National LotterySupported by Midlothian CouncilSupported by Thomas and Adamson

Midlothian’s first ever literary festival: Literally@Newbattle
Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2019

The festival of words, stories and ideas, organised by the college, Midlothian Council, Queen Margaret University, the Scottish Mining Museum and local writers’ groups, will focus on engaging with children, young people and families living in Midlothian through a two-day diverse programme. It will be the first time the local authority will host a literary festival. The event is supported by Edinburgh-based international construction and property consultancy; Thomas & Adamson.

Click to download the Programme
Click to download the programme

An event targeting invited primary schools in Midlothian, will take place on the morning of Friday 26 April. Friday evening will see the college host Karine Polwart and Jackie Kay. Karine is a Pathhead-based songwriter, theatre maker, author and winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year award. Joining Karine will be Scots poet and novelist Jackie Kay MBE,FRSE. Jackie is the third modern Makar; the Scottish poet laureate. The evening will be a celebration of Scotland in words and song, reflecting the importance of poetry, storytelling and song to Scotland.Saturday 27 April offers a diverse programme of events for all ages including; Gaelic storytelling, poetry and writing showcases, script-writing, and rap/hip-hop workshops, contemporary fiction and crime panels.

“Events for children are free. Ticket costs for other events will be kept at a reasonable rate to encourage the local community to get involved. We hope that this initiative will be the first of many and will extend cultural opportunities in Midlothian for people of all ages” said Marian Docherty, Principal, Newbattle Abbey College.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Book your tickets today by visiting For more information, please contact the college on 0131 663 1921 or email

Supported by EISSupported by National Mining MuseumSupported by QMU