2019 Festival Lineup announced

The organisers of the Colonsay Book Festival are delighted to announce the lineup for Festival 2019 as follows: Ann Cleeves, Robin A Crawford, Jen Hadfield, Clare Hunter, Sarah Maine and James & Tom Morton.

Further programme details will be announced in late January, but discounted Early Bird weekend passes are available now by clicking here.

Looking forward to welcoming you!


2018 Programme alteration

We are sorry to announce that for personal reasons, Ann Cleeves has had to delay her participation in the Colonsay Book Festival until 2019.  However, we are delighted to welcome Lin Anderson on to the program for 2018.  We have been hoping to have Lin at the Festival for some time, and we are very glad that she has been able to accept our invitation this year.

2018 Festival Line-up announced

The Colonsay Book Festival is delighted to announce the line-up for its 2018 Festival. The award-winning writers and authors appearing at this “wee gem of a festival on a jewel of an island” on 28 and 29 April next year are confirmed as: Bella Bathurst, Ann Cleeves, Janice Galloway, John Glenday, A L Kennedy and Malachy Tallack. Further programme details will be released in late January, but tickets for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking weekend go on sale as from today.


2017 Book Festival Line-Up Announced

Organisers of the Colonsay Book Festival today announced the line-up of authors for the sixth annual Hebridean literary celebration.

The two-day event – dubbed a “literary lock-in” – will take place on the enchanting Isle of Colonsay (population: 130) in the Southern Hebrides on 29 and 30 April 2017.

This year’s programme marks the return of Alexander McCall Smith, million-selling author of at least three successful series – The Ladies’ Number One Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and the Isabel Dalhousie books – who helped launch the Colonsay Book Festival in its inaugural year in 2012.

Joining him are Masterchef winner and cookery writer-turned-novelist Sue Lawrence, crime writer and novelist Karen Campbell, historian and journalist James Hunter, Glasgow Makar Jim Carruth and his Edinburgh Makar counterpart Christine de Luca.

Dilly Emslie, Director of the Colonsay Book Festival, said: “We’re delighted to announce another excellent line-up for our sixth annual book festival on the beautiful island of Colonsay next April.

“The Colonsay Book Festival brings something a little bit special to the ever-growing calendar of literary events happening across the UK each year. It’s a chance to meet and mingle with some of the country’s leading writers in an unspoilt and inspiring Hebridean setting. Audiences and authors agree that this makes for a hugely enjoyable weekend!

“Tickets are on sale now, with a special early bird rate available until the end of January 2017. You can keep up to date with all our news on our website and via Twitter and Facebook.”

Conceived and produced entirely by the island’s residents, the Colonsay Book Festival has carved its own niche in Scotland’s busy book festival calendar since launching in 2012.

Many of Scotland’s best loved writers and poets have now made the journey by ferry to experience Colonsay’s literary celebrations, with audiences flocking from all over the world to join them.

Ian Rankin, who starred at the 2013 Colonsay Book Festival, summed up the event’s appeal. He said: ‘It is no mystery – take a wonderful island, add readers and writers, sprinkle the whole with outstandingly good organisation … and a magical festival results!!”

Previous events have starred Val McDermid, Andrew Greig, Mhairi Hedderwick, Christopher Brookmyre, Jackie Kay, James Robertson, Professor Sir Hew Strachan and Liz Lochhead, to name but a few.

Tickets for the 2017 Colonsay Book Festival are on sale from