The people of Colonsay, like many communities large and small, have always shared a love of books and literature, joining in book groups and participating in fringe poetry sessions at the music festival. At a community meeting in June 2011, the idea of a book festival for the island was tentatively mooted, and ten months later, at the end of April 2012, we were welcoming our first six authors and an eager audience.
Now in its sixth year, the festival is, we think, still one of the smallest and most remote literary events in Britain, held on the beautiful island of Colonsay in glorious springtime. In 2017 again, the festival will take place over the last weekend of April – the 29th and 30th – and this year we are delighted to be welcoming another fantastic line up of authors.
Alexander McCall Smith: “This was a wonderful start to a literary festival that I am sure will become one of the most enjoyable festivals on offer. Everything worked so well and the atmosphere was extraordinarily friendly.”
Liz Lochhead: “To say this is a BRILLIANT festival – simply the best – is not to say too much…..”
Full weekend pass for all 6 events. Individual Events. Tickets now available …
About the Authors: The 2017 festival line-up is now available.