A warm welcome to Kirsty!

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Kirsty Izat onto our 2019 festival team! Kirsty will be the lynchpin of our organisation for the next few months, and we’re really looking forward to working with her. Here’s Kirsty’s hello to you…


Hi everyone,

Isn’t Islay the perfect place for a book festival? We’re an island of stories and storytellers, which is perhaps part of what makes our visiting authors feel so completely at home here. Or maybe it’s the whisky…

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the festival this year. How lovely to be able to work from our home here in Portnahaven (which I share with my two wee warrior girls, three indifferent cats, one bouncy ex-sheepdog and one long-suffering husband).

We’re lucky to live and work in a beautiful place where doors are open for cups of tea, drams and blethers just as they were when our great-grandparents were the ones living in these houses.

Looking forward to sharing stories with you all this summer,