Welcome to St Duthac Book & Arts Festival 2021

And Breathe!

Who knew there would be such a hunger for a book festival in our wee part of the world? Take a look at the gallery and some of the feedback we have received


What's On?

Authors, the Arts & Archaeology

Artists supplies.jpg
Hilton Stone.jpg

Author Events

Local authors and national treasures will present unique insights into their processes and finished works.

Arts Trail

Visit local established & pop up galleries across the peninsula at your leisure.

Heritage Trail

Follow the Pictish trail across the peninsula. Soak up the history, take in the spectacular sights of the trails across each of the villages. Click on the link below which will take you to the Easter Ross Peninsula site, which shines a light on the spectacular Pictish trail.

Child Reading in the Grass
Collegiate Church_edited.jpg

Something for the Children

We want to share our love of books with the children in the community.  As Dr Seuss says "the more you read, the more you know, the more you know the more places you go" Check out the activities on offer.

Featuring St Duthac

Named after Tain's very own Saint. Visit the Collegiate Church, soak up the atmosphere and take in a performance.

Popping -Up

We are excited to announce a variety of pop up performances, activities and the Pop Up book shop and gallery.


23rd - 27th September 2021

Promoting literature and the arts through the first book & arts festival based on the Easter Ross Peninsula.  Bringing authors, musicians and artists from the local area, and further afield, together in this four day event.  

Through the planned programme of activities and events the festival will promote the arts, while preserving and promoting local culture, entertaining local people and attracting book, art and heritage loving visitors to the community.

Tickets are now available on-line or in person at the TDDT Hub on Stafford Street, Tain. 

Gold Book Fest logo.PNG
White and Barley  Easter Ross.png
Blue Book Fest Logo.PNG
headshots sml.PNG

About The St Duthac Book & Arts Festival

The Full Story

In 2019 over a bottle of wine an idea by two former teachers for a book festival took root. They formed the St Duthac BAF group (pictured) with the aim to further promote literature, heritage and the arts in their community. Following meetings, programme development, market stalls and fundraising the first St Duthac Book & Arts Festival, based in Tain on the Easter Ross Peninsula, is a reality. 
Thank you to everyone who has helped the group get to this point. The festival launches on the 23rd September and closes, with a nationwide named Author, on Monday 27th September 2021.

Funders BAF 2021.PNG

Thank You For Your Support

Mackenzie and Cormack
ERG (Easter Ross Glass)
Arnold Clark Community Fund
Global Energy Group
TDDT (Tain & District Development Trust)
Scottish Book Trust
Beinn Tharsuinn Wind Farm Fund
Balnagown Estate
William Syson Foundation
Georgesons Estate Agents
H.C. Ward Discretionary Budget

Sunflowers Cafe


Glenmorangie Distillery

Balblair Distillery

Denis and Sarah Macdonald

Niall Harkiss

Fin Macrae - Dufi Art

Jennifer Houliston The Art Room



MacDonald Aviemore Resort

Highlife Highland Libraries

Aspen Spa

Kincraig Castle Hotel

Graham Rooney
Richard Littlewood
Jim Ritchie
Lorna Sutherland
Jeff Zycinski and Karen Bartke
Metalwork UK
Michael Gallacher
Jamie Stone MP
Alister Sutherland
Chris Williams
Mairi Macaulay
Morag Matheson
Philip Ward
Stuart Fernie
Brodie Nairn
Joanie Whiteford
Lighting team
Tain Through Time Museum
Tain and Easter Ross Civic Trust
Greens Restaurant
Helen Sedgwick 
Harry Andrew
Louise Douglas, Debbie Ross, Olivia Ross
Easter Ross Musical Theatre (ERMT)
Tain Flower Club
We would also like to thank local councillors, all of the venues, shops, businesses and individuals who have helped to support us in all sorts of ways.  Also local schools, bookstall supporters and all volunteer helpers. Apologies and thanks to anyone we have missed from the list!