Volunteer Recruitment

18th June 2019

Volunteer Recruitment

Our volunteer recruitment coffee morning is Tuesday 18th June from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Nairn Community & Arts Centre. 
Please come along to our 'drop-in' session and enjoy a coffee, cake and a bit of festival chat - we would love to see you. 

If you cannot make it, but would still like to volunteer during the festival week - please email Elle Tyler at info@nairnfestival.co.uk

Volunteer Coffee morning

11th June 2019

Volunteer Coffee morning

Our volunteer recruitment coffee morning is Tuesday 18th June from 10.30am to 12.00pm at Nairn Community & Arts Centre. (Youth Cafe)
Please come along to our 'drop-in' session and enjoy a coffee, cake and a bit of festival chat - we would love to see you. 

If you cannot make it, but would still like to volunteer during the festival week - please email Elle Tyler at info@nairnfestival.co.uk

The 2019 festival programme is live! Happy reading, and don't forget to book your tickets..

11th June 2019

The best kept secret in Nairn is no longer a secret! Our festival programme goes live today! And wow, what a treat we have for you.. Feast your eyes on an impressive line-up of authors, poets, playwrights, and musicians, including popular political journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant, eminent poet Don Paterson, author and playwright Des Dillon, authors Leila Aboulela, Rosemary Goring, Sara Sheridan, Donald Murray, Mandy Haggith, Jess Smith and Karen Campbell, and travel writer Kapka Kassabova. Take a look at the programme here.. The wonderful Alan Bisset returns with More Moira Monologues, outdoors enthusiast and expert Cameron McNeish talks about his life and career, and Scotland’s most eminent historian, Tom Devine, discusses his latest, widely acclaimed book, ‘The Scottish Clearances’. We have poetry galore, as award-winning poet Janet Sutherland joins Diana Hendry, Hamish Whyte and Richard Barnett on the Poetry Platform, the festival’s poetry afternoon, and Hamish Macdonald - a huge hit last year - roams Nairn as our roving poet. We are very excited that Cinemor77’s Yurt Cinema is coming to the festival for the first time, with two days of film for all ages. Carnegie Medal-winning authors Geraldine McCaughrean and Theresa Breslin, and Lesley Glaister will be visiting local schools, and the popular Wine and Crime event will feature Denzil Meyrick, co-founder of literary crime festival ‘Bloody Scotland’ Lin Anderson, and ‘Highland Noir’ author Margaret Kirk. The festival’s music line up features Glasgow-based trio Avocet , Adam Ross of Randolph’s Leap (returning to his home town of Nairn), poet and accomplished jazz musician Don Paterson with Aberdonian guitarist and composer Graham Stephen, Scottish Renaissance music ensemble Musick Fyne, and David Godden and Friends, who will present a night of folk and traditional music in aid of MS Society Scotland. We’re also running a poetry competition, so any budding bards out there, find out more and enter now! We could tell you more, all about our brilliant exhibitions, workshops and more talks, but why not just browse the programme at your leisure, then snap up those tickets, before they go go go..

Free! Your own portrait by local artists. And tell us your tales of Nairn..

15th May 2019

A PORTRAIT OF NAIRN

FREE! Your own head-and-shoulders portrait by local artists.   We’d also like to hear your tales of Nairn in your own words, and in your own language.

For an exhibition during the 2019 Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Sitters of 18+ years are invited for a 1-2hr sitting at the Laing Hall,  King Street on: Wednesday July 3, 5-9pm and Thursday July 4, 10am-5pm  

(Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.)

This is a FREE festival event, but donations are appreciated.

For further details please contact: Helen Wright Tel: 01667 452505 email: wrighth33@gmail.com

Bid for rare chance to tour Black Isle Bronze fine art foundry in Nairn

7th May 2019

BID NOW for your ‘Bronze Ticket’ ticket to join a rare tour  of Nairn's fine art foundry Black Isle Bronze 



Tickets are being offered via silent auction to raise funds for Nairn Book and Arts Festival.  A total of 20 tickets are available to the highest bidders, with the tour of the Nairn-based bronze foundry - Scotland’s largest - taking place on the evening of Friday 21st June 2019.


The deadline for bidding is 14th June.  *Email your bid amount to Festival Co-ordinator Elle Tyler at info@nairnfestival.co.uk. All bids will remian strictly confidential.


Alexander Stoddart’s monumental sculpture of the great Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti will be a highlight – after being completed at the foundry this summer, it travels to its final destination in Indiana in the US.   Stoddart is Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland, and this bronze is his largest work to date. Other foundry clients include contemporary artist Gavin Turk, sculptor Laurence Broderick, and artist Leonie Gibbs;  the foundry also recently delivered the iconic War Horse memorial, now installed at Ascot. 

This is a fantastic chance for people to get an inside view of the incredible projects which staff at Black Isle Bronze foundry work on day to day  -   awe inspiring art works headed for destinations all over the world – and to be given a first-hand account of how they are created.

We are very grateful to Black Isle Bronze for this opportunity, which will, we hope, raise much needed funding for our festival events in September. We have an ambitious and creative programme planned - all will be revealed on 11th  June... 

For more information about Black Isle Bronze foundry visit http://www.blackislebronze.co.uk/

Nairn Book and Arts Festival will take place from 10th – 15th September 2019. 


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All systems go for 2019 Festival

25th February 2019

The Festival organising committee is in full on planning mode, as invitations go out to a carefully selected and exciting list of authors, poets, musicians and artists for the 2019 festival.

As ever, we'll be keeping the programme a closely guarded secret until 11 June, but watch this space for updates on pre-festival events, news about our Friends Scheme, and special offers!

If you want to get in touch with ideas or suggestions for this or future festivals, or if you'd like to help or sponsor us this year in any way, please email Elle Tyler, Festival Co-ordinator at info@nairnfestival.co.uk