Islay Book Festival brings words to the whisky isle
WITH the spectacular arrival of tens of thousands of barnacle geese on the island and a busy calendar of events, it’s worth returning to Islay in the autumn.
From September 29 to October 1, the Islay Book Festival is planning a lively programme of events aimed at offering variety, engagement – and especially fun.
Islay Book Festival first grew out of a book club based in the village of Port Ellen, hosting its first festival in 2006.
Islay has since held 10 successful festivals, hosting a range of famous authors, including Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell, Ali Smith, Julia Donaldson, Iain Banks and Mairi Hedderwick.
Islay Book Festival is an established feature of Islay’s annual events scene and has also become part of the UK’s annual book festival circuit. It is also a particularly popular festival for authors. Who wouldn’t want a trip to Islay, after all?
As the festival approaches its 11th instalment, its enthusiastic new team of volunteers has decided it’s time for a fresh approach.
The festival is going to be on the move this year, with events happening across Islay in order to make the most of what this fantastic island has to offer and in a bid to reach as many people as possible.
Hosting a mix of new and established authors, the festival will include writing workshops, guided walks, bookbinding, Gaelic, storytelling, poetry, music, puppetry, crime at the Round Church, books in the wild, a ‘meet the authors’ tea, and more.
There may also be whisky…