The word is out about festival

WORDS, the North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing, is now well under way.

There is a variety of events for adults and children alike at libraries throughout the area during this month.

Below is just some of the highlights, while further details can be found by visiting

Motherwell Library -

Tuesday, October 11 - There will be a Gaelic Evening, featuring Gaelic poet and author Martainn Mac an t-Saoir (Martin McIntyre in English), from 7pm.

Thursday, October 13 - One of Scotland’s most respected and acclaimed writers, James Robertson, will be talking about his latest work, And The Land Lay Still, from 7pm.

Tuesday, October 20 - Poet Maggi Gibson, novelist Alan Bisset and comedian Ian McPherson will join together for an entertaining mix of literature and comedy, dubbed DisComBoBuLatE. It will get under way at 7pm.

Bellshill Cultural Centre -

Saturday, October 8 - Storyteller Allison Galbraith will visit as part of a Focus on Families event at 11am. Other highlights will include a pirate-themed Bookbug session, pirate crafts and games and face-painting.

Wednesday, October 12 - An evening of Mushaira poetry will take place from 7pm. The Mushaira is an important aspect of the South Asian culture. It not only provides the poets and the audience with a space in which to voice their thoughts and concerns, it also offers therapeutic benefits, such as greater emotional awareness and self-expression.