Book and arts festival prepares for September return

A BOOK and arts festival based in Tain has announced its plans for its second year of activities.

The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival, which held its first event last year, will take place from 22-26 September with a varied and exciting program planned.

A varied and exciting program is planned with authors, storytellers, musicians, poets and artists from across the region and beyond taking part in the five days of the Festival.

The festival, which takes its name from the town’s patron saint – St Duthac – is said to be the first of its kind to be held in or around Tain.

Festival-goers will be invited to attend events during the five-day festival featuring authors, storytellers, musicians, poets and artists from across the region and beyond.

Venues on the Easter Ross peninsula, such as castles, churches, hotels and village halls, will this year host award-winning local writers as well as exciting names from further afield.

Family entertainment is also planned, and there will be the welcome return of the very popular pop-up bookstore in Tain.

The festival will feature iconic local tales as part of the Year of Stories in Scotland 2022 celebrations.

To help bring some of the stories to life, there will be walks and talks at several of the beautiful and historically significant locations where the stories take place.

Festival President Catherine Williams said: “The band have assembled an impressive line-up to take part in this year’s Festival. There is something on the program of events for everyone and we are delighted to be part of the Year of Museum and Gallery Stories 2022. .

“Once again the group is pleased to be working with Nigg Book Fair, whose event takes place on Saturday September 24, and with local schools where the authors will once again be visiting to encourage and entertain students and the personal.”

Marie Christie, Head of Development at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to support the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival through the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund.

“Events play an important role in our communities as they support livelihoods and help celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories.

“Theme years are all about collaboration and Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and VisitScotland are delighted to work in partnership to create this fund to showcase community stories.

“By supporting events taking place within our communities, including the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival, new opportunities will be provided for locals and visitors to come together and learn more about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities have to share.”

The festival committee has secured funding from various bodies to enable the festival to take place, including the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund, the Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm Fund (through the Community Councils of Edderton and Kilmuir and Logie Easter), the Arnold Clark Community Fund, Balnagown Estates Ltd, North Highland Initiative and Global Energy Group.

Further details about the Festival are expected to be released soon.

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Angela C. Hale