Islay Book Festival 2019 will take place from 29th August to 1st September - see you there!

Set against the stunning backdrop of Scotland's whisky isle, we're a community led festival with an array of events happening across the island. Originally growing out of a small book club in Port Ellen, our volunteer-run festival, is now part of Islay's busy annual events calendar and Argyll's thriving cultural scene.


Main Events

Pauline Prior-Pitt poetry session - photo credit Isla Rosser Owen.jpg

Family Events


Our Author Gallery


"Island event is small but perfectly formed"
- Oban Times


Support Us

Islay Book Festival is a small arts charity and our festival is run on a not-for-profit basis. Any fundraising that we do, and all proceeds from ticket sales, goes towards the planning and delivery of the festival, which is run almost entirely by volunteers. We would be hugely grateful for any support you might be able to offer us towards the ongoing development of our festival. Please click below if you’d like to donate online. Thank you.

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