Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

25th December 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

May the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note &  make way for a New Year full of imagination, stories & creativity.

Merry Christmas
The Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Nairn Book & Arts Festival AGM 2020

22nd December 2019

Nairn Book & Arts Festival AGM 2020

You are all welcome to our 2020 AGM

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

7.30 PM

The Westerlea Hotel

Celebrating our Roots and Shoots

30th September 2019

Celebrating our Roots and Shoots

Well – that’s it for another year. And what a fantastic week it was!

With over 60 programmed events, this year’s festival brought together thousands of people from inside and outside of Nairn to celebrate the very best in local and national arts and culture.

From Gaitherin’ Day to the Festival Finale, Leila Aboulela to Iain Bain, Avocet to Alan Bisset, Margaret Kirk to the KEEK show, Karen Campbell to Cameron McNeish, Kapka Kassabova to Evija Laivinia, Moving Minds to Portrait of Nairn, marc marnie to Musick Fyne, June Nadel-Klein to Sir Tom Devine, this was our most diverse festival to date.

The photographs from the festival can now be viewed on our website.

The support for this year’s festival has been truly wonderful. On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to offer my thanks to:

Anyone who bought a ticket to an event, brought a friend along, visited an exhibition, volunteered at the festival or simply helped to spread the word about the programme. You are the lifeblood of the festival. Thanks to you there was a real buzz this year, a testament to Nairn’s community spirit and enthusiasm for the arts.

All our local sponsors and supporters. These are challenging times for smaller events like ours. Without your backing, the festival would not be possible at all. So thank you so much for your assistance this year. Even a little bit of help goes a long way.

Our principal funders Creative Scotland, The Davidson Trust, Event Scotland, Foundation Scotland and Highland Council. We are indebted to these organisations for their ongoing support, allowing us to bring such a diverse range of writers, artists, musicians and other performers to Nairn.

Thanks also to everyone who completed our festival survey. We have read each one carefully and taken your feedback on board.

We have some very exciting plans for next year which we cannot wait to tell you about! Watch this space for more details - be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

If you are interested in becoming more involved in next year’s event, either as an artist, performer, sponsor or volunteer, Elle Tyler, our festival coordinator, would love to hear from you.

Thank you – and see you next year.

Mavis Macdonald
Chair, Nairn Book and Arts Festival

2019 Questionnaire

16th September 2019

2019 Questionnaire

We hope that you are enjoyed the Nairn Book & Arts Festival.
Your help would be greatly appreciated if you could take a few minutes to answer a number of questions relating to the festival.
Please download our 2019 Questionnaire - once completed, either email it to, drop it into the Nairn Community & Arts Centre.
Or post it to:
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
c/o Elle Tyler
1 Elderberry Tradespark Road
IV12 5NF

Thank you

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..

Volunteer Coffee morning

9th 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

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