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The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival 

Experience a Book Lovers take on what a cultural festival can be with a focus on local talent in the book world, the arts and heritage. 

The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival is based on the Easter Ross Peninsula in the Highlands. 

and delivers a wide range of free and affordable events to capture the imagination of everyone,  regardless of age or stage in life. 

The festival is coordinated by a volunteer committee whose aim is to bring the community together socially and to stimulate the local economy by attracting visitors and inward investment to the area. The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival aims to further promote local culture and instil a sense of belonging and pride in our area. Through planning a varied  programme of events we hope to immerse local folk and visitors in the written and spoken word through author events, workshops, arts and heritage trails and a pop-up bookshop with gallery.

What To Look Forward To?

Authors, the Arts and Heritage

There's something for everyone.

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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.

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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.

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 planning an exciting variety of pop- up performances and activities set in the popular Pop-Up book shop and gallery, which will again be in The Clan Ross Room, Royal Hotel, Tain. 

Meet The Team

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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 Book & Arts Festival 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, became a reality. 
In April 2022 we welcomed Jackie Ross and Helen Sedgwick to the committee and in December 2022 Sara Gardiner-MacNeil was co-opted onto the volunteer committee. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped the group on the journey so far.  Planning for our 2023 event is currently underway, with events and pop up appearances taking place across various venues on the Easter Ross Peninsula in September.

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