Online mini festival is go!

10th September 2020

Our online mini festival – ‘Tide In, Tide Out’, starts on Sat 12 September in earnest.  Our schools events which took place this week, have been a great success and we'd like to thank all the schools involved, and participating authors Helen Sedgwick and Kate Lieper. 

The weekend will feature talks by writers including award winning author and poet Gerda Stevenson (‘Quines’), and Inverness-shire based crime writer G. R. Halliday (‘Dark Waters’), poetry readings, an open art exhibition, music and art workshops, portrait sketching via Zoom, and virtual tours. Full programme here .

Other authors include Cynthia Rogerson (‘I Love You, Goodbye’) Victoria Whitworth (‘Swimming with Seals’), crime writer James Andrew (‘Murder in a Suitcase’), Gaelic author Iain Urchardan (‘Air An Oir’) sponsored by the Gaelic Books Council, and Nairn-based poet and author Kate Ashton (‘Who by Water’). Drumming expert Simon Greenhill of Daddy Funk Drums will present a masterclass performance on the history and progression of urban rhythm.

Enjoy a virtual behind-the-scenes look at work in progress at Nairn’s fine art bronze foundry, Black Isle Bronze, Nairn Museum's short film about Nairn poet Olive Fraser while Fèis Nairn will contribute a short film giving a taste of the talents of local Fèis musicians and artist Wiliam Mather gives us a tour of his studio.

We're also delighted to premiere musical director and musician Anna Merrouni's lockdown composition,  'Lockdown in Paris'- keep an eye on Facebook tomorrow morning!                                                    


The Festival also recently launched a new Friends scheme, which offers Early Bird booking for next year’s festival when the 2021 programme is confirmed.

The Festival is extremely grateful to the Highland Council and Creative Scotland for their support.

Click here for full programme and booking details.