Programme / Prògram
Under-16s free/all children’s events are free. Carers free. Standard ticket £5; concessions £3.50 (student; disabled; registered unemployed; over-60s). Season ticket £30; £20 concessions (allows access to all public events across the 3 days unless otherwise specified). Tickets are available on the door or in advance via the booking links. Advance booking is not necessary for most events, although it is required for workshops and advised for events where there are limited spaces. There is no need to book for children’s events.
We are a small community charity. All donations in support of our festival are very gratefully received.
Thursday 7th September
Children’s Event: Anne and Steve Brusatte
Dugie the Dinosaur @ MYFOS, Port Ellen
Friday 8th September Back to top
The Hebridean Baker
Island Stories and Recipes @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Saturday 9th September Back to top
Elixir @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Angus Peter Campbell
From Portraying Island Life to Translating George Orwell into Gaelic @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Tomorrow’s Feast @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
The Summer Skies @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Ambrose Parry and Sarah Smith
Historical Tartan Noir @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Sunday 10th September Back to top
Nothing Left to Fear From Hell @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Homelands @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
From Dinosaurs to Mammals @ Gaelic College, Bowmore
Poetry Workshop: Gerda Stevenson
Finding the Spark (Pre-booking required) @ Ardbeg Distillery, near Port Ellen
Children’s Event: Philip Reeve
Utterly Dark @ Mactaggert Leisure Centre, Bowmore
Bowmore’s Gaelic College is the main home for this year’s events. Car sharing is encouraged where travel to events is necessary. Please do contact us in advance if there is an event you would like to attend but will have difficulty getting to; with the support of the Islay and Jura Community Bus, some additional transport options may be available.
Each adult session lasts approx 50 minutes, with an extra 10 minutes allowed for Q&A unless otherwise specified. Children’s events usually last up to 45 minutes. Book signings take place at each event, courtesy of our partners at The Celtic House.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer crèche facilities. Parents/carers must accompany children under 8. Under-16s are allowed access to adult events with parental supervision.
Cafaidh Blasta at the Gaelic College will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 9 September – last orders for lunch will be at 3pm, with drinks and cakes available until 4pm. All venues have parking, and disabled access and facilities, unless otherwise specified. Please contact us in advance if you will need any assistance.
Filming and photography
Our festival photographer will be taking pictures for us throughout the festival. Permission will be sought at the ticket-buying stage. Pictures are only used for our own purposes (eg website, social media, reports to funders) and occasionally if we are asked for images by members of the press. However, please inform us if you object to photography at any of the events you attend, and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Our lively schools programme for children of all ages takes place on 7th and 8th September and includes Lari Don, Anne and Steve Brusatte, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Reeve, Angus Peter Campbell and Alan Warner. School visits are not open to the public.