Pauline Prior-Pitt: Poetry in Performance
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Pauline Prior-Pitt: Poetry in Performance

Pauline Prior-Pitt, an award-winning poet from North Uist, offers a lively and engaging poetry performance as she reads from a selection of her poems covering themes of island life, growing older, and from Be An Angel, her recently published anthology of poems for and about women.

As actress Maureen Lipman says, “Her poetry is wry, accessible and achingly funny. There is scarcely a line I don’t identify with ... Everyone needs a Pauline Prior-Pitt on their bookshelves."

Pauline will also reveal the result of her ‘Islay Poetry Challenge’, a real-time composition for Islay that will take place over the festival weekend based on word contributions from the public! To contribute a word to the Islay poem, tweet @IslayBookFest using the hashtag #IslayPoetryChallenge.

Hosted by Asif Khan, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. This event is also sponsored by the Scottish Poetry Library.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: http://ow.ly/KMoU30e7CnP

*Pauline's session will be followed by our annual raffle draw, so stick around to find out if you've won any of our wonderful prizes!

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Islay Voices Guided Walk: Port Wemyss and Portnahaven
Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

Islay Voices Guided Walk: Port Wemyss and Portnahaven

This is one of two guided walks that we're running over the festival weekend. While taking in the local scenery, the walks will feature anecdotes from local oral history, including poems and songs, taken from Jenni Minto and Les Wilson's recent book, Islay Voices.

“Port Wemyss, on the Islay Estate, Mr Morrison’s property, consists wholly of fishermen. The population by the last Census is 263. A number of whom have lots of good land which they diligently cultivate.” (Robert Oliphant, The Tourist’s Guide to Islay, The Queen of the Hebrides, 1881)

The villages of Port Wemyss and Portnahaven sit proudly at the foot of the Rhinns. Join Jenni Minto and Les Wilson on a stroll around them, bringing their history alive through readings from their book.

Walk instructions: Meet between 1.45pm and 2pm outside An-Tigh Seinnse in Portnahaven. This will be easy walking but rainwear may be required. Any children must be supervised at all times. If the weather is very bad, we will retreat to An-Tigh Seinnse. The stroll will take around an hour to an hour and a half.

Tickets are available on the day or book online here: http://ow.ly/p2oQ30dtlYx

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Bookbinding with Corinna Krause
Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

Bookbinding with Corinna Krause

Come and get creative by joining us for a relaxed bookbinding workshop for beginners with the wonderfully talented Corinna Krause, who is travelling all the way from North Uist to share some of her skills with us. This is a rare chance to experience making a decorative book with a cross-structure binding (see picture), at a reduced rate especially for Islay Book Festival. No experience necessary!

The workshop will last three and a half hours, and numbers are limited to 6 people per workshop. All materials will be provided.

Corinna will also be taking orders and offering a book repair service while she's at the book festival, so please do feel free to contact her beforehand at ask@sollasbooks.com or come along to her stall at the ICCI over the festival weekend. Find out more about Corinna's work here: www.sollasbooks.com

Online booking is now available here: http://bit.ly/2rP1fav

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SOLD OUT: Helen Sedgwick & ES Thomson: Writing Workshop
Oct
1
10:30 AM10:30

SOLD OUT: Helen Sedgwick & ES Thomson: Writing Workshop

  • Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, Bowmore (map)
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A fantastic opportunity to join Helen Sedgwick and ES Thomson for this friendly and relaxed Sunday morning writing workshop, set in the inspirational environment of the Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle. Helen and Elaine will use examples from their own writing and discuss some of their own experiences to help you get your creative juices flowing!

Different types of writing and techniques will be explored along with some fun ideas on how to find inspiration, how to use writing prompts, and how to get started. Attendees may be asked to bring along some unusual objects to support some fun writing exercises and a spot of flash fiction to do on the day! Please do feel free to bring along some of your own writing for a quick critique.

This workshop is open to complete writing novices and to those who've already dabbled! The workshop will last three hours, and numbers are limited to 10 people. All writing materials will be provided, and refreshments will be available.

This event has now SOLD OUT.

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Sara Sheridan & ES Thomson in Criminal Conversation
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Sara Sheridan & ES Thomson in Criminal Conversation

Attend at your peril! These women have killed off a hundred people between them! Join Sara Sheridan and ES Thomson for a criminally good conversation in the iconic surroundings of Islay's historic Round Church.

Sara and Elaine give us a peek behind the curtain at the writing lives of two successful historical crime novelists who specialise in indomitable female characters. Expect to find cosy crime noir contrasted with gothic Victoriana! The crime-writing duo are also contributors to the just-launched Bloody Scotland short story anthology featuring crime writing set in Scotland's most historic buildings.

Hosted by Calum Murray, former editor of 'The Ileach'.

Doors open from 7pm, and tickets will also be available on the door.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: http://bit.ly/2sqPmsc

*Please note: stair-free access is via a ramp to the side of the church. Please ask to be directed when you arrive.

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Meet the authors
Sep
30
4:30 PM16:30

Meet the authors

  • Snug Bar, No.1 Charlotte Street, Port Ellen (map)
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All of our festival authors under one roof! A unique opportunity to have a chat with this year's participants in a relaxed environment. Please join us for some tea and cake and bring along your books for signing.

Authors attending include: Sara Sheridan, Helen Sedgwick, Ken MacTaggart, ES Thomson, Barbara Henderson, Pauline Prior-Pitt, Alan Windram, Konrad Borkowski, Jenni Minto and Les Wilson, and Linda Macleod.

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Sara Sheridan: On Starlit Seas
Sep
30
3:30 PM15:30

Sara Sheridan: On Starlit Seas

  • Snug Bar, No.1 Charlotte Street, Port Ellen (map)
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Sara Sheridan discusses her historical novel On Starlit Seas and the real-life inspiration behind it, travel writer Maria Graham. Following the death of her husband, Maria's story takes her from a Brazil in the throes of civil war on a treacherous journey to London via cacao smuggling rings and an attractive ship's captain!

On Starlit Seas was recently shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award 2017.

Aided by lots of anecdotes and historical insights, Sara will also talk about the other intrepid women who have found their way into her books.

Hosted by Lynda Cooper (Adult Learning, Argyll and Bute Council).

Tickets are available on the door: £4.50, or £2.50 concessions.

 

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Islay Voices Guided Walk: The Oa and the American Monument
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Islay Voices Guided Walk: The Oa and the American Monument

This is one of two guided walks that we're running over the festival weekend. While taking in the local scenery, the walks will feature anecdotes from local oral history, including poems and songs, taken from Jenni Minto and Les Wilson's recent book, Islay Voices.

“On fame’s eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread / While glory keeps the solemn round, the bivouac of the dead.”

Atop the Mull of Oa’s most southerly tip stands the American Monument in remembrance of the American servicemen who lost their lives in the Tuscania and Otranto tragedies in 1918. Join Jenni Minto and Les Wilson as they tell the story of these two tragedies intermingled with the rich history of one of Islay’s most fascinating landscapes.

Walk instructions: Meet at 1.30pm at the car park opposite the Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen if you require transport or wish to share transport, or at 2pm at the RSPB car park at the Oa. The walk is approximately 3 km and is on a path. Level of difficulty: easy (not suitable for wheelchairs). It can be windy around the Monument itself, so please take care not too walk too close to the cliff edge. Any children must be supervised at all times. Rainwear may be required. The walk will take around an hour and a half to two hours.

Please note that in the event of the walk being cancelled due to bad weather, indoor readings from the book will take place at No.1 Charlotte Street. Please check our Facebook or Twitter feed for updates, or if in doubt meet at the Ramsay Hall car park rendezvous point at 1.30pm.

Tickets are available on the day or book online here: http://ow.ly/mZxJ30dtlVW

 

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Konrad Borkowski: Photography from Whisky Island
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Konrad Borkowski: Photography from Whisky Island

  • Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, Bowmore (map)
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Award-winning Jura-based photographer Konrad Borkowski talks us through some of the stunning photographs from his recent book, Whisky Island, co-authored with Fiona Rintoul, which features each of Islay's distilleries throughout the seasons.

Konrad will also announce the winner of this year's 'Spirit of Islay' photography competition at the end of his session.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: http://ow.ly/bBhI30eepEO

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SOLD OUT: Bookbinding with Corinna Krause
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT: Bookbinding with Corinna Krause

  • Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, Bowmore (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and get creative by joining us for a relaxed bookbinding workshop for beginners with the wonderfully talented Corinna Krause, who is travelling all the way from North Uist to share some of her skills with us. This is a rare chance to experience making a decorative book with a cross-structure binding (see picture), at a reduced rate especially for Islay Book Festival. No experience necessary!

The workshop will last three and a half hours, and numbers are limited to 6 people per workshop. All materials will be provided.

Corinna will also be taking orders and offering a book repair service while she's at the book festival, so please do feel free to contact her beforehand at ask@sollasbooks.com or come along to her stall at the ICCI over the festival weekend. Find out more about Corinna's work here: www.sollasbooks.com

This event has now SOLD OUT, but spaces remain on our 1 Oct workshop.

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Exploring Space with Dr Ken MacTaggart
Sep
30
11:30 AM11:30

Exploring Space with Dr Ken MacTaggart

  • Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, Bowmore (map)
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In this family-friendly event for all ages, Dr Ken MacTaggart describes the stunning experience of weightlessness and viewing the Earth from 200 miles up, a mind-altering perspective which turned many astronauts into artists and writers.

From the Space Age and the history of spaceflight to the changing careers of astronauts and the future prospects of space tourism, Ken will walk us through the science of space with the aid of a slideshow, photography and some fun demonstrations. Questions will be invited on anything space-related!

Ken MacTaggart is the author of Haynes' Astronaut Owners' Workshop Manual featuring some fantastic photography from astronauts Tim Peake and Helen Sharman.

Hosted by Helen Sedgwick.

Under-16s get in for free.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: https://goo.gl/kEPV7A

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Helen Sedgwick: Stories of Life and Space
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Helen Sedgwick: Stories of Life and Space

  • Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, Bowmore (map)
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Helen Sedgwick, who is a former research physicist, looks at how science has inspired her writing from The Comet Seekers to The Growing Season. In her critically acclaimed debut, four characters searched the skies for comets while struggling to find their place in history, and in her latest novel, The Growing Season, a new biotechnology has revolutionised human reproduction. Through these contrasting scientific fields, she has explored themes of belonging and ambition, loss and invention, gender and family.

This is a Live Literature event sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: http://ow.ly/vl7q30dthBM

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Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society): From Stage to Page
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society): From Stage to Page

Colin MacIntyre is bringing Mull Historical Society to Islay! Join him for an evening of music and words, and hear him discuss the musical inspiration behind his award-winning debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch. Expect a stimulating evening and a wee complimentary dram to kick off Islay Book Festival!

A native of Mull and from a family of storytellers, Colin MacIntyre is an award-winning musician and author who has released seven albums to date, achieving two Top 20 albums, and four Top 40 albums, most notably under the name of Mull Historical Society. He has been voted Scotland’s Top Creative Talent and has toured with The Strokes, Elbow and REM. He is the co-author of a Radio 4 Afternoon Play, and has collaborated with Tony Benn and Irvine Welsh, among others. The Letters of Ivor Punch is his debut novel and it won the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award. His first book for children, ‘The Humdrum Drum’, featuring accompanying songs, will be published in 2018.

This is Colin's first visit to Islay and it's a rare chance to hear him play. Colin has also promised to read his grandfather Angus MacIntyre's famous poem 'Islay Cheese' here on Islay!

Hosted by Lynn MacDonald McLean. Doors open from 7pm, and tickets will also be available on the door.

Tickets are available on the door or book online here: http://bit.ly/2reCVQJ

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Islay Voices Gortanvogie Visit
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Islay Voices Gortanvogie Visit

'Islay Voices' authors Jenni Minto and Les Wilson will be visiting Gortanvogie home in Bowmore with readings and photographs from their edited collection of writings about Islay, followed by tea and cakes provided by Gortanvogie staff.

This is a free event open to residents and their families.

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Jura Day: Introduction to Bookbinding
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Jura Day: Introduction to Bookbinding

  • Jura Care Centre (Croit à Chala) (map)
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Our bookbinding workshop leader, Corinna Krause, is coming over to Jura to talk about her work in an informal session. All are welcome! Come along to find out more about Corinna's bookbinding, and have a play around with some of the materials to find out how it's all done!

This is a free event. Booking is not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Jura Day: Poets Aloud with Ryan Van Winkle
Sep
28
3:30 PM15:30

Jura Day: Poets Aloud with Ryan Van Winkle

  • Jura Care Centre (Croit à Chala) (map)
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On National Poetry Day, join lively performance poet Ryan Van Winkle at the Jura Care Centre for a fun afternoon celebration of poetry! Ryan will be your poetry jukebox for the afternoon, happily taking requests for poems from the audience. And you might just hear something new too!

This will be followed by light refreshments, and you might even get a free poem with your cup of tea!

This is a free event. Booking is not required.

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