Talks & Festivals

Polly is available to give talks and illustrated presentations on a wide range of topics relating to the natural world and Scotland’s wildlife, from red squirrels and wildlife rehabilitation, to the importance of habitat restoration, as well as those relating specifically to her books. Renowned for her humorous anecdotes, talks can be adapted to the specific requirements of a particular group or age range.

If you need a speaker for a particular event Polly has a wide range of wildlife-related topics and can hopefully tailor something to suit your particular requirement. She also enjoys working with school children and doing library events. Her book-related talks are Live Literature funded by the Scottish Book Trust. If appropriate, organisers may be able to secure funding through this excellent scheme.

Prices for talks vary depending on the particular group or event in order to make them accessible to all. However, travel costs will always be charged. In some cases a donation for wildlife rehabilitation work may be appropriate in lieu of payment.

For further information please contact me.

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A Write Highland Hoolie 2022!

Mallaig’s Book Festival at The West Highland Hotel, Mallaig
11th-13th November 2022

We are looking forward to another fabulous line-up of authors and musicians as well as great food and ambience over the weekend of 11th-13th November 2022.  In 2019 we were thrilled to expand our events into both the local primary and High Schools and to work once again with Fort William’s superb independent Highland Bookshop.   More exciting dedicated children’s events are planned for 2022, as well as our wonderful Hoolie School of Music Sessions – this year with Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey for senior music students at Mallaig High School.  We firmly believe that helping forge a love of reading, and encouraging creative talents is one of the best things we can do for the younger generation. As before, all the main events will take place in the comfort of the West Highland Hotel from where on fine days – and yes there are plenty, a fabulous panorama unfolds on Rum, Eigg, Muck, and the jagged outline of the Cuillins of Skye. Our opening event this year is a real extravaganza – a unique blend of music and literature with three of Scotland’s greatest talents.  Whatever our fickle climate brings us, we guarantee that our Hoolie will be a joyous weekend celebration of books, music, fine food, and great craic, for this is what sets us apart.

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