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Article published 11/02/2021

Culture Perth and Kinross have announced that the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, novelist Douglas Stuart, is due to headlining the 2021 Soutar Festival of Words. The Festival, taking place on 23 - 25 April, will be hosted entirely online. 

The acclaimed author of Shuggie Bain will be appearing online as the festival goes digital for 2021 with a programme that also includes Perthshire poet and new Maker for the Federation of Writers Scotland, Jim Mackintosh and William Soutar Writing Prize winner, Ross Mackay.

Douglas Stuart, Glasgow born novelist


Soutar Festival of Words 2021 promises to offer three days of readings, performances and conversations with writers, poets and storytellers from across Scotland and beyond via Culture Perth and Kinross’ YouTube channel and Zoom.

Following the success of the inaugural Soutar Festival of Words which took place at venues across Perth and Kinross in 2019, the Culture Perth and Kinross Team were determined to deliver this year’s Festival as planned.


The dark winter months and most recent lockdown have left us all in need of some distraction and engagement with the beauty of the written word, in its many forms, will do just that whilst bringing much joy. The Festival offers something for everyone with readings and performances from the contemporary to the historical which I am sure will delight young and old alike. The attraction of moving online with the Festival is that people can join in from the comfort of their own home whether their home is in Perth, Scotland or Perth, Western Australia or Perth, Canada. I’m really excited for everyone to enjoy the rich mix of wonderful writers and poets participating this year

Kirsty Brown, Culture Perth and Kinross

The full details of the festival will be announced in March thorugh the Culture Perth and Kinross website. Tickets will go on sale shortly afterwards.