Last chance for an Encounter

ENCOUNTERS, North Lanarkshire’s first cultural festival, is now drawing to a close.

Author Geoff Holder will visit Bellshill Cultural Centre on Thursday at 7pm.

Geoff has penned 16 non-fiction books on the strange and the supernatural and the Gothic and the gruesome, with titles such as The Guide to Mysterious Loch Ness and Haunted Aberdeen. Entrance is free and booking is available by calling 01698 346770.

Motherwell Library will close the festival with a treat for fans of literary fiction.

Award winning novelist Alice Thompson will visit on Monday, October 29.

Alice is the author of Justine, The Falconer and The Existential Detective. Her novel Pandora’s Box was shortlisted for the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year.

Alice will be in conversation with award-winning blogger Lizzy Siddal at the event. Entrance is free and booking is available by calling Motherwell Library on 01698 332626.

For a full copy of the Encounters brochure, visit your local library, phone 01236 856444 or visit