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Islay Book Festival

29th August @ 8:00 am - 1st September @ 5:00 pm

August 29 to September 1 Islay Book festival: There is lots planned for the Islay Book Festival including celebrating the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984 with a special event moderated by the novelist’s son and Chair of the Orwell Society, Richard Blair. Les Wilson, author of Orwell’s Island: Goerge, Jura and 1984 and Gary Younge, winner of the Orwell’s Prize for Journalism 2023 will both feature as participants. Author of Mayflies Andrew O’Hagan opens the festival on Thursday August 29. On Friday August 30 peat scientist Mike Billet holds a distillery event in the afternoon and a lively conversation between crime fiction superstars Chris Bookmyre and Denise Mina takes place in the evening. On Sunday August 31 there will be a sea swimming session hosted by adventurer and author of Blue Scotland, Mollie Hughes. Sue Lawrence presents her new historical novel set on Mull and Islay and a panel on the theme of Welcoming Nature will feature Mollie Hughes, Victoria Bennett and Alycia Pirmohamed. For full details see the website Islay Book Festival


29th August @ 8:00 am
1st September @ 5:00 pm