From Page to Screen: Writing and Film at the Orkney Book Festival

A strand running through this year’s Orkney Book Festival is the close connection between writing and film.

Film is a powerful medium for story-telling in today’s society – and begins with the creative act of writing and crafting of a script. Dr. Sara Bailey is a writer and lecturer with many years of experience of working with authors and screenwriters. Writing the Horror Movie was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and her novel Dark Water was published by Nightingale Editions in 2016. She is currently developing a Creative Writing degree for the university of the Highlands and Islands and completing her second novel.

You can join Sara in a writing workshop Introduction to Screenwriting on Friday 10 November 2-4pm, Cromarty Hall, St Margaret’s Hope. Places are still available and can be booked by email ( or by telephone 850992).

‘Not as good as the book’ is a complaint often uttered by readers with a sense of disappointment or even betrayal at screen adaptations of their favourite novels.

Not so in the case of Mike Nichols’ 1967 film The Graduate based on Charles Webb’s first and most famous novel, written soon after he graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts.

This will be shown at West Side Cinema in collaboration with Film Fortnight in Stromness Town Hall at 7:15 for a 7:45 start on Thursday 9 November.

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