A festival with good food ... and some food for thought!

Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell

Adam Smith Festival unveils 2014 programme with new events, keynote event & more

The wraps have come off the 2014 Adam Smith Festival which will bring visitors to town for food, books, and lively debate.

Tom Devine

Tom Devine

The event, organised under the banner of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions, runs from June 6-8 and offers something for all ages.

And venues include the Town House, Kirkcaldy Galleries, the High Street, The Postings and the Adam Smith Theatre.

Top billing goes to ‘An Evening With Gordon Brown and Tom Devine’.

The MP and Scotland’s leading historian will share the theatre’s main stage for an evening of conversation for what is billed as a light-hearted reflection of their lives and interests.

Professor Devine has been described as being close to a national bard, and the event marks a welcome return for him to the Lang Toun after he gave the 2013 Adam Smith lecture at St Bryce Kirk.

It takes place on Sunday, June 8.

The life and times of Adam Smith will be the subject of two key internationally acclaimed scholars at the Town House.

Spiros Tegos and Professor Remy Debes will offer a morning and evening with Kirkcaldy’s great philosopher whose writings they have studied for many years.

A special 10.30 a.m. seminar will be open to all schools and college students, while a 6.30 p.m. session is open to the public.

Spiros Tegos is a lecturer of early modern philosophy at the University of Crete, Greece. Professor Debes is from the University of Memphis and his work has won many awards.

The evening includes an invitation to tour the recently refurbished Town House.

The 2014 programme also includes a food festival for the first time.

It is well documented that Smith loved his food and drink as much as he loved to debate. The suppers he held court at were key parts of the Scottish enlightenment as the great and good of the day discussed major issues and exchanged ideas.

The food festival aims to celebrate Smith’s life by bringing the tastes - and aromas - of good food to the heart of the town.,

It includes competitions and demonstrations with celebrity chef Eadie Manson, and Fife’s food ambassador, Christopher Trotter.

It also involves a huge number of local businesses across the town centre.

Marilyn Livingstone, chief executive of Adam Smith Global Foundation, thanked all the partners who have worked to support the event, adding: “This year’s festival is looking to build on our very successful 2013 programme and follows on from the internationally acclaimed Adam Smith Lecture earlier this year.

“We hope this festival will become annual and be a highlight of Kirkcaldy’s events calendar and that people will come and support the festival and enjoy the programme.”

Selkies, kelpies, words ... and lots of fun as book festival comes to Kirkcaldy

Literary lovers of all ages will have a packed programme to choose from at the forthcoming Adam Smith Book Festival.

Events are planned over three days at Kirkcaldy Galleries with something to please all ages, from educational workshops for children, to talks from top authors.

Events will kick off on Friday June 6 at 10 a.m. with Lari Don and Cat James, authors of the book ‘Breaking the Spell: Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland’ teaching pupils from P4 to P6 about Selkies, Kelpies and more from some of Scotland’s traditional tales.

The event will also take place at 1.45 p.m.

Later that day, James Runcie, author of the soon to be televised Grantchester Mysteries’ series, will talk about the latest adventures of his clergyman-sleuth Sydney Chambers. Three novels from the planned six-book series have already been released to much acclaim;

Saturday begins with the ever-popular Bookbug! at 10 p.m.

The sessions are free for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 40 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. No booking is required but places are limited.

At 7 p.m. that same day best-selling author Maggie O’Farrell will talk about her latest release, ‘Instructions For A Heatwave’, her sixth book, which follows her earlier acclaimed work such as ‘After You’d Gone’ and ‘The Hand that First Held Mine’. This will mark the award-winning novelists first trip to the Galleries.

Moving onto Sunday and noon sees the arrival of Awesome Aliens and Dizzy Dinosaurs to Kirkcaldy to finish off the Festival!

It’s an afternoon of family fun with up-and-coming childrens’ author Pamela Butchart.

Enjoy stories, fun and crafts, whilst hearing hear about Pamela’s books ‘Yikes’, ‘Stinkysaurus’ and ‘Baby Aliens Got My Teacher’.

There will be face painting and making flying saucers. There is another session at

4 p.m. Both events are free but places may be limited.

Visit www.on.fife.com for full details on the Adam Smith Book Festival, event times and how to get tickets for each.