Is­lay Book Fes­ti­val brings words to the whisky isle

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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…

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