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Ever since the Sunart Centre was opened in 2002 there has been a book festival, which has slowly grown to become the biennial Festival of arts and literature we have today. We are extremely fortunate in having a wonderful location to operate from and the support and enthusiasm of a changing group of local residents who are willing to volunteer their time to bring a high quality event to our remote rural location. Access to ‘the big city’, wherever that might be, can be difficult and expensive from here, so we aim to bring high calibre artists, writers and performers to the area for the benefit of both residents and visitors, and to help nurture a love of the arts in our young people.

We think you’ll agree that our roll-call of past participants is quite impressive, (see Past Festivals above), and we are pleased to have gained a reputation ‘within the industry’ for delivering a well organised and professional event which is relaxed and not overly commercial – most participants are keen to come back!

We are extremely fortunate to have had a great deal of financial assistance over the years, which has made the Festival possible, and this year we are particularly grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and Sunart Community Benefit Fund. This financial support has meant that we can keep building and developing the Festival, and this year has enabled us to reach out to a larger potential audience.

There are two key aspects to the main Festival – a schools programme which takes place during the whole of the Friday, and the public events which run from Friday evening through Saturday evening. The schools programme comprises educational workshops and other activities, developed in collaboration with our local schools, delivered to all local pre-school and primary school children and all pupils at Ardnamurchan High School. This covers everything from interactive story-telling for little ones up to challenging focussed workshops for pupils preparing for Highers or Advanced Higher examinations. In 2018, for the very first time, we are making our High School events available to pupils from two other local High Schools – Kinlochleven High School in Kinlochleven, and Lochaber High School in Fort William. Pupils currently preparing for Higher and Advanced Higher examinations will have the opportunity to work with successful published author and play-write, Ajay Close.

Our public events officially start on the Friday evening, and this year we will be hosting a fantastic musical event featuring Jed Grimes (“Brings folk music into the 21st century!” – BBC Radio Two Folk Website) and Tim Edey (award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer). The evening promises to be a rip-roaring collaboration between two highly talented and inspirational musicians working together for the very first time, and is certain to become another cherished Three Lochs memory – we recommend booking your tickets now!

Saturday will be filled with a bigger selection than ever of author-led workshops and talks, music demonstrations and tuition, arts activities, films, exhibitions and entertaining activities for children. Our ever popular pop-up bookshop is being run this year by The Highland Bookshop, and will feature a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction of all genres, for all ages and interests. All of our participating authors will hold a book signing at some time during the day.

The Festival will end on Saturday with another evening of outstanding entertainment, the final details of which are still being confirmed – watch this space!

We also occasionally hold interim events, in between the main Festivals and we have a few tasty treats being planned for the run up to the main event – again, please keep watching this space!

Please avoid disappointment (and help us with planning) by booking your tickets as soon as possible, and if you have any questions at all please email the organising committee at: If you will be visiting the area for the Festival, please be aware that we are a small community and accommodation is limited, so please plan ahead – a few local options can be found here.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival 2018.

Bigger & Better
than Ever!

Ajay Close
Alasdair Firth
Angus MacDonald
Anne M Scriven
Dougie Cunningham
Jenny Chapman
Jim Crumley
John D Burns
Louise Jordan
Ross Collins
Scott Kyle
Janis MacKay
Jed Grimes
Adam Nicolson
Polly Pullar


Alexander McCall
The Sunart Centre
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