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What To Look Forward To?

Authors, the Arts and Heritage

There's something for everyone.

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The author programme aims to delight the audiences with delights from all genres, from historical fiction and environmentalism to Scottish fantasy and folklore. 

2023 saw some new additions to the arts programme including arts workshops,  a three-day Pro-Loco Art event and a satellite exhibition of art featuring for the first time an artists talk event.  All this and an array of venues to visit including our pop-up shop and gallery in Tain.  

Follow the Pictish trail across the peninsula. Soak up the history, take in the spectacular sights of the trails across each of the villages. 

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We love to share our love of books with the children in the community which is why we arrange author visits to local schools and bring fun experiences for families to enjoy to the festival.  As Dr Seuss says "the more you read, the more you know, the more you know the more places you go".

The Collegiate Church of Tain is dedicated to St. Duthuc the Patron Saint of Tain. Built by William, Earl of Ross, over a hundred years later, in 1487 James III had it converted into a Collegiate Church. The Collegiate Church is open daily, and was the perfect location to take in a performance during the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival.

During the festival week the volunteer committee set up a Pop-Up Bookshop and Gallery in Tain.  It gives us a base to share our love of books and the opportunity to support local authors and artists through free pop-up appearances. 

Meet The 2024 Team

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 when we launched the first Book and Arts Festival on the Easter Ross Peninsula in 2021 . 
Our volunteer committee each come with individual skills that make the festival such a welcoming event, At the 2024 AGM we welcomed Archie MacArthur, Alison Fernie and 
Stewart MacPherson, 'Sound man' who joined the committee of volunteers. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped the group on the journey so far.  Planning for our 2024 event started in October 2023 and we know that the final programme of events and pop up appearances taking place across various venues on the Easter Ross Peninsula in September will delight you the audience. 

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