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14 hours ago

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Patricia and Anne Speirs enjoying the sunshine today at the 'For Bute' Market on the Pier. Thanks to everyone who popped by and bought tickets for this years Bute Noir! You can still purchase tickets from any of the three venues or by calling 01700 503389. #visitbuteTricia and Anne really enjoyed speaking to all the people who are going to Bute Noir this year. There was a slight difference in temperature from last year! Tickets were going well for our extra event 'An evening with Alanna Knight' which is on Thursday 2nd of August in Bute Museum. If you have tickets for all the other events - don't miss this one ... See MoreSee Less

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21 hours ago

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Pop down to the mid pier today from 11am to the 'For Bute' end of month market, Anne and Patricia will be there promoting Bute Noir. 'For Bute' have kindly sponsored this years festival and are a huge asset to the island. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Bute Museum's latest book meets artefact sees Anna Smith's Death Trap with a mousetrap (for 3)!
Anna Smith is a very busy lady but has managed to squeeze in a couple of events at Bute Noir this year on Sunday 5th August, firstly at 'Hold The Front Page' with Craig Robertson at Rothesay Library then at 'The Last Stand' later in Bute Museum.
Anna and Craig are both former journalists having covered events such as 9/11 and Dunblane so their talk is guaranteed to be fascinating. Tickets selling fast, £4 each and available from Print Point, Rothesay Library and Bute Museum or by calling 01700 503389. (One of these events only has 4 tickets left...)No.7 in the series – ‘Death Trap’ by Anna Smith meets a mousetrap for three! The museum has an interesting display of early farming items including tools, agricultural medals and this trap for multiple rodent capture.
‘Death Trap’ is one of nine books in the Rosie Gilmour series. Rosie is a gritty Glasgow journalist who will stop at nothing to get to the truth. Anna will be at two events on Sunday 5th August – ‘Hold the front page’ in Rothesay Library and ‘The last Stand’ in the Museum.
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4 days ago

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KLAXON: Tickets warning!
We already have a number of sold out events and ALL the others are selling fast. Some have fewer than five spaces left. The photo below is fake news as they've almost all been bought!
We don’t want anyone disappointed so if you’re coming to the festival, make sure you snap up the few remaining tickets. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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5 days ago

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'A Starter for Tension' will be kicking off Bute Noir 2018 this year! With over twenty novels between them, James Oswald, Sarah Hilary and Mari Hannah will be in Bute Museum on Friday 3rd August, 4.30p.m - 5.30p.m. Tickets selling fast, £4 each and available from Print Point, Bute Museum and Rothesay Library or by calling 01700503389. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's 'Last Rituals' is the latest of our Bute Noir author's books to have met a Bute Museum artefact!No.6 in the series – ‘Last Rituals’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir meets a Bronze Age food vessel. The last rituals for the Bronze Age residents of Bute would be burial with items such as this food vessel found in a cist at Little Kilmory. The Museum has a superb collection of Bronze Age artefacts, including the fabulous jet necklace buried with the Queen of the Inch.
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is Iceland’s Queen of Crime. ‘Last Rituals’ is the first in her Thora Gudmundsdottir series (and if you haven’t read of any of them you are in for a treat!) She will be in Bute Museum on Saturday August 4th at 12.30 and Rothesay Library at 7.30.
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1 week ago

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This will be Seona and me at Noir in the Bar. Who's with us?! (Ali) ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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No. 5 in the series – ‘Murder lies waiting’ by Alanna Knight meets a souvenir plate depicting Rothesay Castle. 100 years ago, a visitor to Bute might take home a souvenir such as this Ridgways plate.
Alanna Knight’s latest novel is set in Bute in the early 20th Century. Rose McQuinn’s visit to a luxury Rothesay hotel turns into an investigation of a 20 year-old murder, which in turn unleashes a web of intrigue and sinister happenings.
On Thursday 2nd of August Alanna will be in Bute Museum at a special pop-up event with Myra Duffy. Don’t miss it!No. 5 in the series – ‘Murder lies waiting’ by Alanna Knight meets a souvenir plate depicting Rothesay Castle. 100 years ago, a visitor to Bute might take home a souvenir such as this Ridgways plate.
Alanna Knight’s latest novel is set in Bute in the early 20th Century. Rose McQuinn’s visit to a luxury Rothesay hotel turns into an investigation of a 20 year-old murder, which in turn unleashes a web of intrigue and sinister happenings.
On Thursday 2nd of August Alanna will be in Bute Museum at a special pop-up event with Myra Duffy. Don’t miss it!
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1 week ago

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Anne Speirs has been busy at Bute Museum finding artefacts to match our Bute Noir author's books. Here we have Alex Gray's "Still Dark" with a coastguard lantern...very clever Anne!No.4 in the series - 'Still Dark' by Alex Gray meets a coastguard lantern. The Museum has a wide range of artefacts that helped bring light to the darkness. There are strike-a-lights used by Early People, a crusie lamp from Rothesay Castle, Victorian candle moulds and this lantern with its lovely fluted top.
Alex Gray is a regular Bute Noirer and we are delighted to welcome her back. 'Still Dark' is the 14th in her immensely popular William Lorimer series. Alex will be in Rothesay Library on Saturday 4th and in Bute Museum on Sunday 5th.
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