Media Release: Inverness Book Festival 2013 finale announced


EDEN Court Theatre and Sandstone Press are delighted to announce the participants on the final evening of IBF 2013, Saturday 10th August: Roy Hattersley and Gary Mulgrew.

ROY HATTERSLEY entered the House of Commons in 1964, winning Birmingham Sparkbrook for Labour and holding it in the following eight General Elections. In 1998, he took a seat in the Lords, as the behest of his good friend Donald Dewar, who asked him to help “end ‘em”.

In government, he held many offices of state including Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under Harold Wilson and Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection under James Callaghan.

In opposition, he served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Home Secretary. In 1975, he was elected to the Privy Council and was deputy leader of the Labour Party between 1983 and 1982.

As a journalist, Roy has written columns for The Spectator, The Listener, Punch, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail and, for 27 years, wrote a weekly for The Guardian, and now writes regularly for The Times.

He is the author of 24 books, including three novels and several biographies including his most recent, David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider (Little Brown, 2010).

At Eden Court in 2013, Roy Hattersley will be talking about his new book The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and A Nation (Chatto and Windus, 2013).

Roy Hattersley speaks as he writes, with knowledge, insight and most of all, humour.

GARY MULGREW was born in Glasgow in 1961. He joined NatWest in 1983 but his banking career came to an abrupt end in June 2002, when he was indicted by the US authorities – along with two colleagues known as the NatWest Three – for allegedly defrauding NatWest.

After years of court battles, he was eventually extradited to America. Two years of detention in Houston, Texas, were followed by two years in seven different prisons in the United States and England until his full release in 2010.

He now runs a number of successful businesses in the south of England.

Hodder and Stoughton published Gary’s account of his extradition and prison experience, Gang of One, in January 2012 and it was published as a paperback in July of the same year.

Gary Mulgrew will be interviewed by IAIN MACWHIRTER, the trenchant political columnist with The Herald whose articles are compulsory reading for everyone with an eye on Scotland’s fiery political scene and constitutional debate.


Notes to Editors

  • The tenth Inverness Book Festival will take place on 07 – 10 August 2013. Since the first Inverness Book Festival in 2004, there have been 192 events and 167 authors have appeared. Highlights have included Jackie Kay, Ali Smith, Ian Rankin, Iain Banks, Christopher Brookmyre, Mairi Hedderwick, Andy Wightman, Richard Holloway, Michel Faber, Richard Jobson, Jeremy Strong, Joanna Blythman, Louis de Bernieres, Debi Gliori, AL Kennedy, Stuart McBride, James Kelman, Denise Mina, Lari Don, Ian Hamilton, Levi Roots, Andrew Greig, Kevin MacNeil, Grace Maxwell (with Edwyn Collins) and Alistair Urquhart.
  • Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.


  • Sandstone Press is a publisher of fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks. Based in Highland Scotland, the company is characterised by high editorial and design standards, internationalism, and a strong engagement with the contemporary world using modern methods. Sandstone Press books have won or been shortlisted for many literary prizes including the Man Booker, Commonwealth, Arthur C Clarke, Creative Scotland, Green Carnation, Saltire Society, and Boardman Tasker Awards. Sandstone Press is represented by Faber Factory Plus and Repforce Ireland, with ebooks distributed by Faber Factory Powered by Constellation.


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