Published: 31/08/2014 16:47 - Updated: 29/08/2014 17:13

Bigger than ever Book & Arts Festival comes to Nairn

Kirsty Wark is among the guests at this year's Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Kirsty Wark is among the guests at this year's Nairn Book & Arts Festival

BACK for its 11th year and bigger than ever, Nairn Book & Arts Festival now offers more for all ages.

"We have got over 50 events this year," chairman of the festival committee David Godden pointed out.

"We’ve got quite a mix this year. We have literature, music, visual arts and activities for children."

The programme has been boosted by a one-off sponsorship donation from local charity, the Davidson Trust, for their 20th anniversary year. "They’ve given us financial support which has allowed us to have some new infrastructure and also supported some specific events, including the children’s events," Godden said.

"We have a day of events on Saturday 6th September which are all free for children. We have always had some children’s events, but because of this, we have been able to have more of them and make them free.

"For example there is a drumming workshop they can go to, or go to a silent movie or listen to a storyteller, then go to a magician and another workshop where they can make things. There’s a whole variety of things."

Authors taking part include BBC broadcasters Sally Magnusson and Kirsty Wark, crime writers Ann Cleeves, Malcolm Mackay and Alex Gray, travel writer Kapka Kassabova, gardening expert Kenneth Cox, artist Andrew Crummy and Irish author Nuala Ni Chonchuir.

Music includes a tribute to local fiddler Ian Hardie, a tango night and jazz from the Tim Kliphus Trio, while there will also be a comedy night headlined by Paul Tonkinson.

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