What's happening this year?

This year we're bringing you a fantastic range of events, author sessions and family gatherings. Whether you're a weathered book lover adding to your collection or a toddler still teething on the corners, there's something for everyone at Islay Book Festival 2017. 
Please remember that some events may sell out fast, so don't hang around when booking your place.

Family Highlights.


Our Authors.

Alan Windram

Alan is the author of the hugely popular Mac and Bob series of picture books for 3 to 6 year olds. A Puppy’s Tale, illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter, came out in 2016. Summer 2017 sees the publication of Alan and Chloe’s exciting new robot picture book, One Button Benny.               

When Alan is not taking part in book festivals and school and library events, he works with Sticky Kids theatre, performing in the live show, which regularly tours schools and theatres throughout the UK. Alan is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with four independent albums of original songs under his belt.  He has toured extensively with some of Scotland's top musical artists.

Barbara Henderson

Barbara has lived in Scotland since her late teens, somehow acquiring an MA in English Language and Literature, a husband, three children and a shaggy dog along the way. Having tried her hand at working as a puppeteer, relief librarian and receptionist, she now teaches drama at secondary school. Her historical children’s novel, Fir for Luck, was published by Cranachan in 2016.

Writing predominantly for children, Barbara has won the Nairn Festival Short Story Competition, the Creative Scotland Easter Monologue Competition, Pockets Magazine Fiction Contest and the Ballantrae Smuggler’s Story Competition. She was one of three writers shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2013.

Barbara’s website is www.barbarahenderson.co.uk and she blogs regularly at write4bairns.wordpress.com. She is currently based in Inverness.

Linda Macleod / Linda NicLeòid

Originally from North Uist in the Western Isles, Linda Macleod 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. Linda's sessions are being sponsored by the Gaelic Books Council, which is the lead organisation with responsibility for supporting Scottish Gaelic authors and publishers, and for raising the profile and reach of Scottish Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally.

’S à Clachan-na-Lùib an Uibhist a Tuath a tha Linda, ged a tha i air a bhith a’ còmhnaidh ann an Glaschu airson iomadh bliadhna. Tha i ag obair air a ceann fhèin, eadar na meadhanan Gàidhlig, seiseanan cloinne do Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean, a’ teagasg Gàidhlig airson Fèisean nan Gàidheal agus a’ seinn agus a’ rannsachadh. ’S e Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, am prìomh bhuidheann a tha a’ cur taic ri sgrìobhadairean agus ri foillsichearan Gàidhlig na h-Alba, agus a tha ag àrdachadh ìomhaigh agus ruigsinneachd leabhraichean Gàidhlig ann an Alba agus gu h-eadar-nàiseanta.

Corinna Krause

Corinna Krause has been involved with the craft of binding books since the early 1990s when she spent many summer placements in a small hand bindery in Berlin. She learnt most of her skills from Sylvia Juhl, a master bookbinder from Salzwedel in Germany, and has received mentoring from renowned London- based designer Tracey Rowledge.

Corinna has had her own workshop since 2004 in Sollas, North Uist, where she continues to make books and boxes of various styles, employing traditional bookbinding techniques while applying her own unique design. Corinna designs and makes the decorative papers she uses herself, which often evoke sea, sand and rock patterns.

Corinna enjoys passing her skills on during workshop sessions and working on commissions, which include book repair work and bespoke projects. Corinna will be running a series of bookbinding workshops, demos and drop-in sessions for us over the festival weekend.

Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan Van Winkle, originally from Connecticut, is a poet, editor, live artist and workshop leader based in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society's 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner and The American Poetry Review.

As a member of Highlight Arts, Ryan has organised festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq. Ryan has also read poems to audiences all over the world including at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Shakespeare and Company (Paris).

Ryan was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. Ryan has also been Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries and the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. Ryan continues to encourage the reading of poetry, some say ‘by any means necessary’.