Encounter some cultural events

CRIME QUEEN: Alex Gray's Glasgow crime thrillers have many fans.
CRIME QUEEN: Alex Gray's Glasgow crime thrillers have many fans.

The Encounters Cultural Festival is drawing to a close but there are still some local events to look forward to.

The Discovery Film Festival returns to Cumbernauld Library this Saturday at 11am with Room on the Broom (and Other Bewitching Tales), Julia Donaldson’s film about a witch’s cat that learns to get along with a dog, a bird and a frog. The 45-minute animation, which was first screened last Christmas, is loved by children all over the world and features an all-star cast of voice actors including Gillian Anderson and Timothy Spall.

The film screening will be followed by a free themed chraft workshop and a Halloween-themed photo opportunity, so come wearing fancy dress at 2.45pm.

If you love to get stuck into a good crime thriller, author Alex Gray will visit Cumbernauld Library on Monday, October 29, at 7pm to give a question and answer session. Alex has won many fans with her novels which include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, The Riverman and The Swedish Girl.

Hailing from Glasgow, former teacher Alex had her first novel, Never Somewhere Else, published in 2002 and has followed this with ten more novels to date with her eleventh due to hit bookshelves everwhere in March 2014. All of her stories are set around Glasgow and feature DCI Lorimer and psychological profiler Solomon Brightman.

For more information visit any North Lanarkshire libraries or www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/encounters. Regular updates on the festival are also on Facebook and Twitter.