Sydney – Two Cape Breton authors have been invited to take part in an international literary festival in Ullapool, a seaside town in the Highlands of Scotland. Frank Macdonald, Inverness, and Lindsay Marshall, Potlotek First Nation, will appear during the tenth festival, May 9-11, 2014.

Frank Macdonald’s two novels, A Forest for Calum and A Possible Madness, were both longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary award, as well as for Atlantic Book Awards. Both books have been used in school and university classrooms, A Possible Madness in particular for its strong environmental theme. Both books are published by CBU Press.

Mi’kmaw poet Lindsay Marshall is a former chief of Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia. His poetry collection Clay Pots and Bones, first published by Solus in 1997, will be re-released by CBU Press in 2014. Marshall was honoured to be Mi’kmaw poet laureate, leading the official welcome of Queen Elizabeth II to Nova Scotia in 2010.

“Invitations like this, to an international book festival, are a testament to the authors and their publications, “says Mike Hunter, editor-in-chief of CBU Press. “It means a lot for Cape Breton writing and publishing in general. The wider their works circulate, the more interest there is in where they come from.”

The list of their predecessors is impressive, including: award winning novelists Iain Banks, Alistair Macleod, Wayne Johnston and Linden Macintyre, ...

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