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The Festival is seeking a new Chairperson to take it into its 15th anniversary year and beyond; current Chair David Godden, who has chaired the last four festivals, will step down at our forthcoming AGM in January.

Professor Godden comments: “The 15th anniversary celebrations present an excellent opportunity for whoever takes on this role, which is why I’m stepping down at this point. While we’ve already identified a loose theme for the festival, there is plenty of creative input yet to be given to the 2018 event, so it’s a great time for someone new to come on board.

“The new Chairperson will be joining an experienced and enthusiastic committee, many of whom have several years of experience with the Festival and will offer great support to the incoming Chairperson,  which is why we’re putting a call out now to anyone who wishes to get involved at this level. It’s a busy role, but extremely rewarding.”

The new Chairperson would shadow David for ten weeks before he officially steps down in late January. The festival is also seeking additional Committee members; all members of the Festival Committee, including the Chair, are volunteers.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward as Chair or Committee member, or for further information about the roles, please contact Rhona MacDonald, Festival Co-ordinator, at 

The 15th Nairn Book and Arts Festival will take place from 11th - 16th September, with pre-Festival events and exhibitions starting from 1st September. The festival programme will be launched on Tuesday 19th June. The Festival AGM will take place on 24th January 2018.