We’re going online for 2020 with a mini-fest!

17th August 2020

We are excited to announce an online mini festival – ‘Tide In, Tide Out’, from 11th -13th September.  Next month’s event, which replaces what would have been the 17th annual live festival, 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, virtual tours, and online workshops by critically acclaimed authors for local schools. 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, while Fèis Nairn will contribute a short film giving a taste of the talents of local Fèis musicians.                                                    

Local primary and secondary schools will be visited virtually by author Helen Sedgwick (‘When the Dead Come Calling’) and author and illustrator Kate Leiper (‘The Buke of the Howlat’, ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’).

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.   Advance booking for talks, workshops, portraits and masterclass is essential.