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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 who have been incredibly flexible in allowing us to make necessary changes due to Covid-19. This financial support has meant that we can keep building and developing the Festival, and we will continue to do so.

Long before Covid-19 was a thing any of us had heard of, we had plans to make this Festival a little different. We changed our date from the usual 3rd weekend in September to the end of August in order to work alongside Sunart Water Festival in celebrating the Year of Coast and Waters – our themes this year are Coast, Crime and Comedy. We also planned to deliver our Schools Programme slightly differently, by taking a small number of authors and artists out to each of our local schools, enabling them to spend longer with pupils and do more focussed work with each age group; this project will go ahead in September 2022.

Sadly many of our interactive and drop-in sessions won’t be able to happen this year – so there’ll be no Cook School, drop in art activities or play sessions in the library. But we will have as many workshops, presentations and talks as usual, each of which will be more focussed to the interests of the participants since numbers will be restricted.

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 2021.

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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