Welcome to the Nairn Book and Arts Festival's 15th anniversary programme!

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We have a lot to celebrate, as our festival has grown each year to become a very special and well-loved – I could safely say irreplaceable – event in the Highlands’ cultural calendar.
On behalf of the Festival Committee, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our funders, sponsors and supporters – we simply could not do it without you.
Our programme is slightly turned on its head this year, with TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, our headline speaker, closing the Festival on Sunday afternoon (well, almost – there’s a great 15th birthday party to come to, afterwards!). There are so many highlights, but we’re particularly delighted to be working with the Wildbird arts team and the National Theatre of Scotland. The broad theme of health and creativity is reflected throughout the programme in ways that are both subtle and not so subtle. The events range from talks on medical practice ancient and modern, to the illustration of disease. Look out for our roving poet, who will pop up in unexpected places, alongside a raft of brilliant authors, exceptional musicians and a host of fringe events to keep you fully entertained all week. Have fun!

Mary Helen Dewar, Chair
On behalf of Nairn Book and Arts Festival Committee