2021 Programme / Prògram

In lieu of our annual book festival, we will be running a series of occasional events this year, both online and in person (according to government guidelines at the time). Please check back regularly to find out more about our summer of walks and talks.


All our events require registration. Please click on the event you’re interested in and then click where it says ‘Register’ to register through Eventbrite and you will be sent a link to access the event, as well as reminders beforehand.


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Book launch: 3 June

3 June

Les Wilson: Putting the Tea in Britain

Les Wilson will be in conversation with broadcaster Sally Magnusson, to discuss his latest book about the Scots who made our national drink. This will be an online event brought to you in association with Birlinn and The Celtic House, with sponsorship from Tiree Tea.

Book launch walks: 26 and 27 June

26 and 27 June

with Dave Webster

Islay Book Festival are organising two walks to launch David Webster’s new book this summer: one on Islay and one on Jura. The walks will be short and will involve about 1.5 to 2 hours of easy walking and talking. The first walk will be on Saturday 26 June at Inverlussa on Jura, starting from the beach at 2pm and walking to Lussa Point. The second walk will take place on Sunday 27 June on Islay, starting at 2pm from the Lagavulin distillery car park and walking to Dunyvaig.

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