About Islay Book Festival.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Scotland's whisky isle, Islay Book Festival is a community event which draws a lively audience from locals and visitors alike. Growing out of a small book club in Port Ellen, our volunteer-run festival is part of Islay's busy annual events calendar and Argyll's thriving cultural scene.
Writing predominantly for children, Barbara has tried her hand at working as a puppeteer, she now teaches drama at secondary school. Her historical children’s novel, Fir for Luck, was published by Cranachan in 2016.
Growing up on the Isle of Mull in a family of writers and storytellers. Colin is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and author, who has released seven albums to date. His most recent MHS album is 2016’s Dear Satellite, which features the song ‘The Ballad of Ivor Punch’.
Sara writes a cosy crime series set in the 1950s and is obsessed with Agatha Christie. Sara’s Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries have been optioned by STV. Sara also writes historical novels (epics, not crime) in which there are invariably several murders.
Author of the hugely popular Mac and Bob series of picture books for 3 to 6 year olds. Summer 2017 sees the publication of Alan and Chloe’s exciting new robot picture book, One Button Benny.
Helen’s debut novel, The Comet Seekers, has been selected as one of the best books of 2016 in The Herald and Glamour. Helen’s second novel, The Growing Season, will be published in September 2017, just in time for our festival.
An award-winning poet living on the island of North Uist. Pauline has published seven collections of poetry and four poetry pamphlets. Her North Uist Sea Poems won the Callum Macdonald Award.
Author of Beloved Poison and Dark Asylum, the first two books in the Jem Flockhart crime series, dark gory tales of gothic Victoriana and both of which have received wide critical acclaim. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award, the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award, and the William MacIlvanney Crime Book of the Year Award.
Originally from North Uist, Linda is self employed between Gaelic media presenting on BBC Alba, children's literary and singing sessions for Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, Gaelic teaching for Fèisean nan Gàidheal and singing and song research.
2017's festival sees an array of talented authors and literary fanatics travel to Islay. Crime, poetry, puppetry, bookbinding, music and Scottish history will all be explored throughout the weekend.