20th November 2023, 19:02
Published by GBC News
20 speakers, over three days, and a range of venues across the Rock: the Literary Festival offered something for everyone this weekend.
Dame Mary Berry entertained a packed John Mackintosh Hall with anecdotes and cooking advice, while veteran broadcaster James Naughtie spoke about his latest spy novel at City Hall.
And, at the Garrison Library, speakers included Ukrainian teenager Yeva Skalietska, on her experience fleeing the war.
Labour MP Nick Thomas-Symonds spoke about his biography of Prime Minister Clement Attlee - and crime writer Ann Cleeves explained what goes into her suspenseful novels.
The Tourist Board's CEO, Kevin Bossino, believes the festival can become even bigger and a real focal point for event-led tourism.
Culture and Tourism Minister Christian Santos says the Literary Festival strengthens cultural identity, with literature transcending countries to unite people through stories.
A series featuring extended interviews with many of the speakers at this year's Literary Festival will be broadcast on GBC Television early next year.