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..