Book festival debut for Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark.
Kirsty Wark.
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Kirsty Wark, one of the UK’s most well-known broadcasters, has chosen to launch her literary career in Ayrshire this summer.

The presenter of the BBC’s Newsnight will appear at the Boswell Book Festival this May, where she will be unveiling her debut novel ‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’.

A multi-generational story of love and belonging set on the island of Arran, Kirsty’s first foray into fiction is likely to find a warm reception with Boswell Book Festival goers for whom the setting and communities described will no doubt feel familiar.

Of course Kirsty’s personal understanding of the richness of experience and the intertwining lives within Scottish communities gives depth and texture to this captivating story.

Born in Dumfries, schooled in Kilmarnock and Ayr and with treasured childhood memories of holidays spent on Arran, Kirsty’s appreciation of Scotland’s rural south west and its people is evident within the pages of this haunting story.

Explaining the background to her novel, Kirsty said: “In a way The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle is my love letter to Arran. Some of my earliest memories are from time spent on the island. It is a beautiful, magical place and the island itself is a major character in the novel.”

The book tells the story of a young woman who, bequeathed a legacy from a woman she has never known, embarks on a journey to uncover the story of Elizabeth Pringle.

What is the reason for this apparently ordinary woman leaving her home and her belongings to a young mother she watched pushing a pram down a road more than thirty years previously?

Kirsty Wark will deliver her talk on ‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’ at the Boswell Book Festival at Auchinleck House on 10th May. For festival details and booking updates go to