One character gets an internship with a famous Catalan architect. Join leading broadcaster Kirsty Wark as she discusses her latest novel, The House by the Loch.Set in 1950s Scotland, against the backdrop of the remote Loch Doon, the novel is inspired in part by the author’s childhood memories and her late father. I’m not sure I’d have had that at the Academy. More recently her own son, James, moved to New York aged 18 to study drama, and it’s this city that proves to be a magnet in The House By The Loch. I know my father died not knowing that and I’m sure my grandmother didn’t know”. It is a story of the bonds between generations, the need to belong and the devastating consequences of family secrets. While Kirsty, 65, has been presenting Newsnight for 27 years, her working relationship with the BBC goes back further, joining in 1976 as a graduate researcher for Radio Scotland.

She is currently working on a major four-part documentary series that will reflect on the changing face of Scotland over the past 50 years. Would that be Enric Miralles, the Spaniard who designed the Scottish Parliament building? “It looks at the massive changes – socially, culturally, events big and small – and the different way we now live,” explained Kirsty.

On-screen, of course, she is a formidably accomplished interviewer, equally at home grilling cultural icons and prime ministers (Margaret Thatcher was famously skewered by Wark over the poll tax). But two of Wark’s great aunts did leave, for Rhodesia and New South Wales. They had a lot of money and they were the ones who drank heavily”.

“Sometimes I think it would be amazing to write full-time,” she says, “but I enjoy my broadcasting career.”. “We’re telling stories of well-known people with events that shaped Scotland – music, theatre, the industrialisation change. “I love the train. That childhood longing for a hut of her own inspired the MacMillan family cabins and, having finally acquired one, she likes nothing better than to sit out there and read. A multi-generational tale that blends fiction with actual events from Galloway’s past, Wark’s story revolves around the family of Walter MacMillan, a hydro-electric engineer who as a child witnesses an RAF Spitfire plane plunging into the loch, killing its Czech pilot and haunting Walter for the rest of his life. Despite people’s habits changing in the way they access news, she believes the BBC remains at the forefront. “I didn’t want to be melodramatic and I also wanted to be mindful that it hasn’t actually happened to me.”, READ MORE: Joseph O'Connor on his new novel about Bram Stoker and the creation of Dracula. This stretch of the Galloway countryside feels gloriously remote but Kirsty Wark is clearly a familiar face in the Loch Doon Visitor Centre – and not just because of her television profile. As a mother herself, this must have been painful territory for Wark. It’s my hope more of those churches that are closed can now be repurposed by the community. She later points out some of her own, fictional landmarks: the place where Walter settles with his young wife; the copse of trees where he builds two holiday huts for his adult children.

It has a gorgeous cover and really, who wouldn’t want a house by a loch? “Oh, absolutely.” In what way? The broadcast received 900 complaints of bias against the former SNP leader and Alex Salmond is said to be considering legal action. “Yes, I think it would be,” she laughs, as she steers the car expertly along the winding, loch-side roads. And then it was decided we needed a shopping centre and we should pedestrianise the main street, and one of the things the series will do is look at towns that were blighted by that. It’s a beautifully written family saga covering three generations. The scene is, after all, eerily reminiscent of a gripping chapter in her new book, in which a boating accident summons rescuers and desperate relatives to these very shores. “Honestly, we close libraries at our peril, not simply because they are places where people can get books but they are massive places of community. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments.

The House By The Loch by Kirsty Wark is published by Two Roads on June 13.

READ MORE: 'We are a pro-natalist society' Lorna Gibb on living without children, That scheme, says Wark, was the inspiration for her novel. “It was quite a difficult thing for me to write,” she admits. “Going forward, if an author can’t make it from overseas, for example, they can be interviewed via a big screen in front of a festival audience, and people will be understanding of it.”, Kirsty chatted about her book as part of the Borders Book Festival, the event can be viewed at bordersbookfestival.org. Founded in 1836 as “a school for young ladies of quality” it was, says Wark, “the most misnamed school I can think of”. “My daughter is usually in London, she’s a development researcher for Eon Entertainment, and my son runs a theatre company in New York, so he’s here doing some teaching, writing, doing courses and planning productions. But I really like to relax too.”, And her favourite place to relax is in her new garden shed. “I grew up in Kilmarnock and it was the most beautiful town with handsome buildings and good industry. And now, at 64, she has written two novels,while continuing her broadcasting career and taking on seemingly endless commitments such as judging literary competitions.

“I’ve got a big house, but there’s something so special about being in a shed. The actual event was observed by a local lad here in 1941 and although Wark has invented a fictional hinterland for the young eye-witness, the visitor centre’s manager confirms that her novelistic account of the event is spot-on. Everyone is working on different strategies. I know that’s really weird!” she laughs. © DC Thomson Co Ltd 2020. On Sunday, Kirsty took part in the Borders Book Festival, moved online like so many other festivals this year. “What I’m saying is that really in this story, no-one’s guilty but everyone is.”, Terrible accidents do happen. It forms a backdrop to this story of a family falling apart, and about families having secrets and how they can be a destructive force. “The house is full – there are five of us here, all working away,” she smiled.

(Wark served on the building design selection panel.) And I wanted to think about how that would impact on a family which already, unbeknownst to us, has tragedy in it.”. “I think having a diverse number of suppliers is fantastic, but we earn our right to be a very trusted broadcaster. Airing last month, it followed the court proceedings from day one until the former first minister’s acquittal in March. In life, she explains, what separates a near-miss from a catastrophe is often nothing more than a whisker of luck. “What we were doing was giving background to the whole thing, and we did that fairly.”.

It is a story of the bonds between generations, the need to belong and the devastating consequences of family secrets. Jean MacMillan grows up in a well-to-do, nouveau-rich family in Ayr – a place Wark recalls from her childhood as having “a kind of fast set.

(She learned to drive before she was 17, on the old Turnberry airfield’s disused landing strip.). Really? Determined to stay in Glasgow despite her London-based job, she commutes several-hundred miles each week, at one time, routinely catching the sleeper home after Friday’s Newsnight Review to be there for her children on Saturday morning. “I think the hydro-electric project is wonderful – the architecture of the hydro, the big halls. Kirsty Wark has woven a brilliant tapestry, pulling together the threads of three generations and setting their lives against the background of one of the most beautiful and atmospheric places in Britain. “I went to a wonderful church in Portobello that’s been taken over by the community, who are doing all sorts of wonderful things. It is a story, of the bonds between generations, the need to belong.

Kirsty needs that peaceful time on the train, as her schedule remains packed. On Sunday, Kirsty took part in the Borders Book Festival, moved online like so many other festivals this year. It’s time for Wark to make the long drive home to Glasgow before commuting back to London and her fast-paced working life. She has won several awards for her work, including a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter. As we drive around the loch, she points out relics of the RAF training ground that was established here during the First World War, and the place where Doon Castle once stood.

Nothing beats having everyone together in a big tent listening to an exciting author, but this is better than not having anything at all. Join leading broadcaster Kirsty Wark as she discusses her latest novel, The House by the Loch. Police cars are parked by the banks, a helicopter putters overhead and if you didn’t know better, you might think you’d walked into a Kirsty Wark novel. I loved Kirsty Wark’s debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, so I was keen to read her second book, The House by the Loch.

This is a novel with a sense of place and belonging. “However, some extraordinary things have been done digitally during this period, the sort of things that might have been talked about and mulled over for a long time otherwise, but people have just gone ahead and done them.

“All families have things that are unsaid and sometimes that’s for a good reason,” says Wark, who recently made a discovery about a hidden sadness in her own ancestral past. Steeped in the tempestuous atmosphere of South Western Scotland, The House by the She replaced Sue MacGregor, who had been presenting the show since it began in 2003. “We spent holidays at nearby Kendoon but Dad was a great fisherman and Loch Doon was where he came to fish.”. The series was due to air in the autumn, but filming had to stop during lockdown and it will be screened early next year. Kirsty Wark is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who, has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over, the past thirty years. Kirsty recently took over presenting duties on one of Radio 4’s best-loved programmes, The Reunion, which reunites groups of people who were intimately involved in moments of modern history. What’s not to like in a time of Covid? Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. From aged 12, Wark was educated at Ayr’s fee-paying Wellington School, which is clearly the inspiration for the granite-towered establishment attended by the young Jean. Join leading broadcaster Kirsty Wark as she discusses, Doon, the novel is inspired in part by the author’s, childhood memories and her late father.

“I’m on the board of Scottish Ballet and we’ve been talking about how we get people back into a space and make sure they can still enjoy it and performers can still perform.

She has won several awards, for her work, including a BAFTA for Outstanding, Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year.

Newsnight has broken a lot of Covid stories around care homes, domestic violence and the impact on exams, but it’s meat and drink to us, and I hope we can always rise to the challenge.”.

While work continues on the Becoming Scotland series, another documentary Kirsty recently presented was The Trial Of Alex Salmond. “We’ll look at some of the lesser-known disputes of the ’80s, like the Lee Jeans factory sit-in, interviewing the leader and one of the younger women, who was only in her teens at the time of the dispute. Set in 1950s Scotland, against the backdrop of the remote Loch Doon, the novel is inspired in part by the author’s childhood memories and her late father. The House by the Loch is her second novel.
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