A reminder that this Sunday at 5pm the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival will have a special session focused on writing about place, featuring David Gange, Kapka Kassabova and Malachy Tallack. For details on how to join their live session, and for the full programme of events, see the festival website.

At the Paisley Book Festival on February 27, Tallack will be in conversation with Cal Flyn, whose excellent new book, Islands of Abandonment (William Collins), is a life-affirming exploration of so-called “dead zones”, and Lisa Wollett, author of Rag and Bone (John Murray), addressing the subject of “What we leave behind”.