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Go west to the scenic shores of Loch Sunart to join in the Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival!

Update 18.Mar.21 – we are currently working towards holding a scaled-back event this year, with relevant Covid-19 precautions in place. Most of the participants we had lined up for last year are still keen to work with us, and we are in the process of finalising details – keep an eye on the website and we’ll start sharing details as soon as we can. Grants and fund-raising opportunities are obviously limited at the moment, as many organisations focus their efforts on supporting Covid recovery, so we will need your support more than ever. We hope to be able to share some of our activities online, for those unable to join us in person, so please let us know if there is anything particular you would like to be able to access in this way. As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions, and let us know if you have questions –

Welcome to the website of Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival – a small but perfectly formed celebration of arts and literature, held every two years on the picturesque West coast of the Highlands of Scotland, at The Sunart Centre in Strontian.

We are currently working on putting together another exciting programme of events for you to enjoy. Since 2020 is being celebrated across Scotland as the Year of Coast and Waters, we will be joining in, running alongside the Sunart Water Festival and our local tourism association West Highland Peninsulas, helping them to participate in the Scottish Tourism Alliance West Coast Waters Baton Relay and having lots of water-related activities. We’ll also be welcoming some of the very best crime writers, so watch this space for more details. Regular updates will be added to the website over the coming months, posted on our Facebook page, and you can also keep up to date via Twitter and Instagram. For a taste of what to expect, here’s a quick round-up of our last Festival.

Our most recent Festival was held in September 2018, and although we say this every time, it was our biggest and best yet!

There were drama workshops with one of the actors from Outlander (Scott Kyle), a masterclass with master musician and celtic guitar expert Tim Edey, and a song-writing workshop with Louise Jordan. Louise launched our 2018 Festival with a performance of her No Petticoats Here musical show at The Highland Bookshop in Fort William, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

On the Saturday we started with our traditional family film, followed by drop-in art workshops and a fun session with kids-book author and illustrator Ross Collins.

Those interested in nature, wildlife and the environment were entertained and informed by wildlife film-maker Jim Manthorpe, writer and wild-life rehabilitator Polly Pullar, expert landscape photographer (and author of fotoVue book Photographing Scotland) Dougie Cunningham, and household name and everyone’s favourite nature writer Jim Crumley (feature writer for The Scots Magazine).
Those with a literary bent, or hoping to become published themselves, benefitted from top-class workshops with John D Burns, Anne M Scriven, Ajay Close and Janis Mackay.

The weekend was rounded off with a brilliant evening of musical entertainment by Jed Grimes and Tim Edey.

You can find out more about our 2018 Festival, and those of previous years by clicking the relevant link on our Past Festivals page.

For the first time we were able to sell tickets online, and this worked very well, and we hope brought new people to the Festival through online contact. Please like us on Facebook or Twitter, and keep up to date with our plans and progress.

We also ran another brilliant schools project, this time all about the impact of World War One on our area of South Lochaber, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out more about our findings on the WW1 page, or contact us to order a copy of our book.

For the very first time Three Lochs involved two other local High Schools in our activities, and we hope that this collaboration will continue and grow. Kinlochleven High School were involved in the World War One project, and worked with pupils from Ardnamurchan High School (our host school) to put on the amazing evening of music and drama on the Friday night. We were also pleased to welcome a small number of Higher and Advanced Higher English pupils from Lochaber High School, to join in with one of our school-specific workshops on the Friday, with Ajay Close. Some of their younger pupils also enjoyed a drama workshop with Scott Kyle at their own school in Fort William, before he came over to us for the rest of the Festival.

We also welcomed our new Patron, Adam Nicolson, in 2018, following ten brilliant years of support from Alexander McCall Smith.

We are enormously grateful to everyone who helped make the 2018 Festival our best yet, and very much look forward to working with you again.

Thank you for your interest in Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival.

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Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival is a registered charity, regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
Our charity number is: SC 046316.

Highlights of
2018 Festival

Guitar Master Class with Tom Edey
Guitar masterclass
with Tim Edey

Cooking and Crafts
Cooking & Crafts

The Big Read
The Big Read

Adam Nicolson - Patron
Adam Nicolson - Patron


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