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Ever since the Sunart Centre in Strontian 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 launch on Thursday 20th September with a special event being hosted by The Highland Bookshop in Fort William, where talented young musician Louise Jordan will perform her one-women production “No Petticoats Here”. This production is currently touring the UK, and tells the tale of some of the women who participated in World War One, both directly and indirectly, with all songs, music and background material written and researched by Louise. Louise will then be participating in our activities on Saturday. On Friday evening we will enjoy the results of a five month project undertaken by pupils of Ardnamurchan and Kinlochleven High Schools, looking into the impact and lasting effect of WW1 on our local area. There are some fascinating stories being unearthed – expect prose, poetry, piping, song, music, drama and more! Certainly an evening not to be missed.

Saturday features our usual collection of workshops, activities, performances and events to suit all ages and interests, including film, photography, nature, wildlife – and lots of “Outlander”, courtesy of our special guest Scott Kyle, who played Ross in the popular drama. Come along to hear Scott’s personal tales and recollections from the making of the series. If you are an aspiring writer, there are several workshops where you can benefit from real insights and proper advice from experienced published writers. Following our traditional BBQ on Saturday evening, the Festival will close with a concert by award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer, and former BBC Radio Two Folk Musician of the Year Tim Edey, with support from Jed Grimes (“Brings folk music into the 21st century!”).

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.

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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