Islay Book Festival
Islay Book Festival celebrates its 11th year from September 27-30 in its most ambitious festival to date.
Nineteen authors will offer a range of events for adults and children of all ages in an exciting programme that includes storytelling, poetry, island fiction, a tartan cat, and much more. The Scottish Book Trust will also be filming the festival.
The star-studded line-up includes Bernard MacLaverty, who will discuss how his serious writing started – in a bungalow in Bowmore.
Crime writer Lin Anderson will showcase her latest thriller with soil forensics expert Lorna Dawson. Reflections on the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and its impact on Islay and Jura, will be headed up by prolific author-historian Trevor Royle and award-winning filmmaker Les Wilson.
Gaelic children’s author and illustrator Catriona Black will be there. Her exhibition, Forradh: Sly Cooking, is currently on display at Islay’s Gaelic College.
Ian Stephen, Malachy Tallack, Donald S Murray and Janis Mackay are among the other well-known authors making their way to this year’s festival.
Hayley Ryan and Zoe Jeffs served some delicious sweet treats from Inveraray Castle tearoom. 06_a37BowFest
The fabulous Coaltown Daisies, otherwise known as Vivienne Bern and Lynzy Moutter. 06_a37BowFest
Bernard MacLaverty. Photograph: Robert Burns