NessBookFest programme launch on 9 September

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Book enthusiasts take note: NessBookFest programme launch to take place at Town House on 9th September

NessBookFest is ready to return to Inverness for the second year running from 5-8th of October. But before that, there is a special treat in store for Inverness booklovers: Fittingly for a free festival, the organisers have laid on a free pop-in event to appeal to readers, writers and their families. Saturday 9th September will see Inverness Town House open its doors from 11.30-14.30.

Apart from meeting the NessBookFest committee of volunteers and picking up the extensive programme for this year’s festival, visitors will encounter a range of book-related stalls: from the library and the Archive centre to local heritage organisations and community groups, all with a book-related focus. Crafts, storytelling and a kids’ corner will keep the little ones amused while others can enjoy a running programme of short readings and spoken word performances by local authors.

‘We are excited about putting the focus squarely on Inverness and its vibrant literary scene. It’s not about selling anything – just about celebrating our love of books, of reading and writing, and about giving the community ownership of their fantastic, no-barriers book festival,’ says organiser Aoife Lyall, a local poet.

‘Our hope is that many who come into town on a Saturday will pop in and have a look. Booking for the free tickets will be open from that day. Many of our atmospheric venues such as The Highland Print Studio, Velocity Café and Leakey’s have limited capacity, so people should book to avoid disappointment. We do anticipate tickets being available at the door, too. School teachers should definitely pop in to pick up a schools’ programme – where else are you going to get an author event for free?’ adds NessBookFest chairperson Barbara Henderson.

The book festival has seen the committee launch a major fundraising campaign after an application for money from the central body Creative Scotland was denied. ‘We are working on making it happen!’ Henderson says. ‘There is so much goodwill towards what we are trying to do, so I am confident we can raise what we need. Get behind us, Inverness! What we have here is quite special!’

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NessBookFest will take place in venues around Inverness from 5-8thOctober 2017