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As a biennial festival, Three Lochs is between Festivals at the moment. We have lots of exciting plans for our next Festival which will take place in 2020, and as soon as we have any details, we will start posting them here and on social media. In the meantime here’s full details of what took place in 2018, and you can also view past Festival programmes on the Past Festivals page. If you have any ideas, suggestions or questions we would love to hear from you at:

Programme | 2018 Prògram

The Grand Finale - with Tim Edey

Adam Nicolson | Ajay Close | Jim Crumley | Dougie Cunningham | Ross Collins | Anne M Scriven | Angus Macdonald | Polly Pullar | Scott Kyle | Louise Jordan | Jed Grimes | John D Burns | Janis MacKay | Hamza Yassin

Click Here to see the timetable for Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Adam Nicolson Adam Nicolson - Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival is very pleased to welcome Adam Nicolson as our new Patron – we are all very excited about meeting him in September, and hearing first-hand about the many varied and interesting projects he’s worked on, some of which have been celebrated in books.

Having said a fond farewell to our former Patron, Alexander McCall Smith following 10 amazing years of support from him, we feel extremely fortunate to have a link to Adam through his family connection to the Ardtornish estate in Lochaline.

Adam is a highly regarded English author who has written about history, landscape, literature and the sea. His first book, ‘The National Trust Guide to Long Walks’ is still receiving rave reviews on Amazon, nearly forty years after publication, and was followed in 1985 by ‘Frontiers - from the Arctic Circle to the Aegean, One Man's Journey Through the Iron Curtain Borderlands’, so Adam clearly enjoys a good long walk. The book Adam may well be best known for is ‘Sea Room’, published in 2001, which tells of his connection to the Shiant Islands which he inherited at the age of 21 and came to know and love well.

Books about the restoration of Windsor Castle following the devastating fire of 1992; a dramatic account of the seven year project to create the King James Bible under the first Stewart ruler of the United Kingdom; about his move to rural Sussex from London, the creation of a home and working farm; about the English gentry, about Homer and his epic poems of war and suffering and the most recent about the plight of ten great national sea-birds ‘The Seabird’s Cry’ – Nicolson’s portfolio of work covers a broad and fascinating range. What unites all of these works is his depth of research, the knowledge he imparts and the joy of subject which comes through them all.

Adam Nicolson may well have inherited Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, if his father hadn’t passed it to The National Trust, but any possible disappointment on that account must have at least in some part been assuaged for Adam through his life-long association with the property, and childhood memories of screaming around the place with his sisters. His grandmother Vita Sackville-West was responsible for creating the magnificent gardens for which Sissinghurst is so well known. His book ‘Sissinghurst – an unfinished history’ tells a little of his work with and alongside The National Trust in helping to define its role and purpose, and his attempts to make it something more meaningful than just a pretty place to visit. A four year partnership led to the 260 acres surrounding the property being turned into a mixed farm, producing meat, fruit, cereals and vegetables for use in the National Trust restaurant.

There is so much to talk about and so little time! We hope you will join us in September to hear Adam talk about these and other projects, when we properly welcome him to our little Festival, and thank him for being our Patron.

Scheduled start time: 2:15 PM

Ajay Close Ajay Close - novelist and dramatist

“…….happiness is living in two fictional worlds: the one I am currently reading, and the one I am writing. Depression is the state of being between books.”

Ajay Close is a highly regarded and accomplished author and playwright who was born in Sheffield, and worked as a newspaper journalist, winning several awards, before turning to writing full-time. Her first novel, Official and Doubtful, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her fourth, A Petrol Scented Spring, was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her play, The Keekin Gless, was staged at Perth Theatre. The Sma Room Séancetoured east Scotland and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ajay will be running workshops for Higher English and Advanced Higher English pupils during our Schools Programme on Friday.

On Saturday Ajay will be leading a workshop titled

“I Want to Write but I Don't Know What to Write About”
Scheduled start time: 11:30 AM

This hard-working practical workshop is suitable for budding writers of all ages (12+). Looking at the variety of possible sources and inspirations for creative writing, with the aim of building confidence and freeing up the imagination, the group will talk about how everyone has their own unique voice as a writer, and how many famous writers have borrowed/stolen from other writers and legends. Each participant writes a 200-word opening to a story (a hand-out of starter ideas is provided) and the group brainstorms how each story might develop. Duration: 90-120 minutes.

Not to be missed – limited capacity, please book early.

PLEASE NOTE The time listed on the ticket is subject to change. Please refer to the finalised programme in August.

Ajay will also deliver an illustrated talk on the Scottish suffragettes and her book A Petrol Scented Spring, a riveting novel of repression, jealousy and love, and the struggle for women's emancipation. The story focusses on a fictional Scottish suffragette and her treatment, but is heavily based on fact and includes real characters. The book was long-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. We strongly recommend reading the book before attending this fascinating presentation.
Scheduled start time: 10:00 AM

'Intensely observant and articulate, packed with life.' - John Le Carre

'Holds a deserved place in the Pantheon of Scotland's exciting contemporary novelists.' - Val McDermid

A fascinating insight into one of the most compelling stories in the history of the women’s suffrage movement. - The Times

PLEASE NOTE The time listed on the ticket is subject to change. Please refer to the finalised programme in August.

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Jim Crumley Jim Crumley – Jim Crumley is a Scottish nature writer, living and working in Scotland “where it gets harder and harder to win a hearing for nature or for the rights of the land itself.” His contribution to the literature of the land now amounts to more than 30 published books which have attracted many accolades throughout the British media and in North America. Jim writes a regular column Wild About Scotland every month for The Scots Magazine, and penned more than 1000 nature columns during his many years writing for The Courier.

Jim’s book, The Eagle's Way, was shortlisted for a Saltire Society award; his Nature's Architect studies the beaver reintroductions, and his Encounters in the Wild series - which sees Jim get up close and personal with Britain's favourite animals - has attracted many new readers. Jim is a passionate advocate of species reintroductions, especially of wolf and beaver, and for the widespread restoration and expansion of native habitats. “A vigorous body of nature writing should be a sanctuary and a mouthpiece for nature’s voice. It is my aim to be a part of that endeavour.”

Three Lochs Festival is excited to welcome Jim to the 2018 Festival; where better to debate Jim’s belief that there should be a radical reappraisal of the relationship between the people of Scotland and the land, than in our remote rural environment where nature and land management are central to our lives.

The Nature of Seasons will look at how Scotland’s wildlife copes with the changing of the seasons, how birds and animals adapt to the seasons, and also our own relationship with nature and the landscape, and how our impact on the climate is changing the way that seasons work. This talk will be based upon Jim’s four books on the subject, which are the result of thousands of hours of fieldwork covering encounters with golden eagles, red deer, swans, ravens, foxes, a flock of snow buntings and more. His ‘The Nature of Autumn’ (Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Prize 2017) and ‘The Nature of Winter’ are already published, with the other two scheduled to follow soon.
Scheduled start time: 11:30 AM

Encounters in the Wild – in this discussion Jim will talk about the philosophy he has developed of quietly observing animals and birds over a period of time, until he is able to anticipate where and when he’ll see a particular example, in order to study it closely. Jim will share his own stories of memorable encounters, including observations of Barn Owl, Fox, Hare, Skylark, Swan, Badger, Kingfisher and Otter. Whether you just want to hear about Jim’s work and studies, or want some tips to help with your own nature-watching activities, this event is sure to be absolutely fascinating.
Scheduled start time: 3:00 PM

Visit Jim’s website here:

Dougie Cunningham Dougie Cunningham - “I didn't always want to be a photographer... When I was in primary school I wanted to be an astronaut but NASA never called. I got over it eventually.

I came to photography obliquely through a mild climbing and kayaking obsession: perhaps it was less planned than simply inevitable. As I grew older my imagination grew too and along with it came visions of what could happen if I didn't make the next move on a climb or missed my line on the next rapid... I learned that there was as much satisfaction in getting a good photograph of someone else scaring the wits out themselves as there was facing my own mortality on the end of a rope. From there it was an easy transition to landscape photography, which laid the solid Geek foundation that I've built the rest of my skills upon.”

Following four years of research, the fotoVUE photography guide “Photographing Scotland” written by Dougie, was published in 2017. This is a practical and comprehensive guide to where, when and how to photograph a country recently voted Most beautiful country in the world”.

Whether you are an amateur photographer or professional, or just want to hear more about how Dougie put together such a comprehensive guide book, join us at Three Lochs Festival to hear from the man himself. Dougie will take you through some of the field-craft and planning involved in landscape photography, including selecting the best equipment and finding the best locations, and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. As with all of our participating authors, Dougie’s book will be available to purchase on the day.

Scheduled start time: 1:00 PM

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Ross CollinsRoss Collins - is a highly acclaimed children’s author and illustrator who’s bound to be familiar to anyone with young children. So far he has written about 12 books, and illustrated over 100, many of which are available in at least 20 countries.

Ross is from Glasgow, and received a first in Illustration from Glasgow School of Art, in the same year that he won the MacMillan Children’s Book Prize for his first book “The Sea Hole”. Books such as ‘There’s a Bear on My Chair’, ‘Dear Vampa’, ‘Robot Fumpus!’, ‘Supposing’ and ‘Billy Monster’s Daymare’ have been nominated for and won too many literary prizes to list here. All the organisers at Three Lochs are extremely over-excited about having Ross at our 2018 Festival! Ross will be running workshops on the Friday as part of our School’s Programme, and will also be hosting a family event on Saturday. Many of Ross’s books will be available to purchase (from the Highland Bookshop pop-up shop,, and he’ll be on hand to sign them for fans of all ages.

Find out more about Ross Collins’ work on his website :

Ross Collins – There’s a Bear on my Chair, family event
One of the highlights of Saturday will be our family event with Ross Collins when he will talk about how he created his award winning book ‘There’s a Bear on my Chair’. Young children are always incredibly excited about meeting a real-live person who’s written one of their favourite books, so this is an opportunity not to be missed if you have family members in that category. When mouse leaves his chair unguarded he finds that a large polar bear has taken up residence. Will he ever get it back? Join in the fun with Ross, and see just how good you are at drawing bears and chairs! If you don’t already have a copy, why not order one now (from The Highland Bookshop in Fort William?), so that you are all familiar with the story before the event? We have it on good authority that Ross is quite happy to sign well-thumbed, much loved and slightly dog-eared copies of his books!
Scheduled start time: 1:00 PM

Anne M ScrivenAnne M Scriven - A writer’s job is to notice the world. To catch in words the qualities, textures, patterns, people, events and emotions at play every day, and this is the art Anne M Scriven has perfected. All three of Anne’s books so far, have provided a gentle examination of people and their interactions, behaviours, responses and relationships, from Anne’s own perspective of owning a dog, working in a bookshop and through life in general in her latest, ‘Cadences’.

In ‘Learning to Listen’, Anne tells the tale of when Sally, a thin black and white Collie from a rescue centre became a member of the family, and irrevocably changed their lives. Overturning all their accumulated wisdom of how to live with dogs, Sally, who had been found running scared on a city street, stretched the tolerance of her new owners to the limit. Charting the first eighteen months of life with a confused dog, ‘Learning to Listen’ also celebrates and reflects on other beloved dogs, is lightly laced with literary references and the textures of daily life but above all illustrates how a seemingly insurmountable problem can reveal itself as an unexpected invitation into a deeper understanding.

‘Provenance: Tales from a Bookshop’ promises to “..make you both smile and sigh and ultimately dissuade you of the belief that it is only bookselling that goes on in a bookshop”. ‘Cadences’ is a memoir of personal noticings illustrated with literary awarenesses from secular and spiritual texts, which charts large and small happenings in and around one woman’s life and argues for an appreciation of the extra/ordinary.

Anne holds a PhD in Scottish Literature which she taught at university level for some years when she was also an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Scottish Cultural Studies, University of Strathclyde. During this time Anne was highly involved in the republishing of numerous Scottish texts which had fallen out of print. Anne is currently a freelance writer, a Director of The Scottish Writers’ Centre, a part-time secondary school teacher and the owner of Ardgowan Books which operates in an antiques warehouse in Glasgow’s famous Barras marketplace every weekend.

Anne will be leading a workshop for us on Saturday: “Making the everyday extraordinary” which is particularly aimed at anyone interested in developing their abilities in narrative non-fiction. Drawing on the work of her own favourite writers and genres, Anne will discuss writing as contemplation, and how acknowledgement of, and enjoyment of the process can help you to improve.
Anne previously taught secondary school English and has a PhD in Scottish Literature, so is very well placed to lead an invigorating discussion about how to tease out seemingly insignificant observations into entertaining and worthwhile texts.

Scheduled start time: 10:00 AM

Angus MacDonald

Angus MacDonald - has lived all his life in the Highlands and is steeped in the folklore. He is passionate about the area, and half way through writing his first book ‘Ardnish was Home’, he and his wife bought Roshven House; from their front door one can see the Ardnish peninsula. Angus served in the local regiment, the Queen’s Own Highlanders, before building a financial publishing company that was sold in 2007. He now has businesses in recycling, renewables and education, and runs the Moidart Trust, a charitable organisation that helps people to develop companies in the West Highlands.

Ardnish was Home tells the tale of young Donald Peter Gillies, a Lovat scout soldier. Whilst lying in hospital in Gallipoli in 1916, blinded by the Turks, he falls in love with his Queen Alexandra Corps nurse, Louise, and she with him.

“Extraordinary. Far more than another wartime love affair. I closed the book with the strong feeling of the importance of kin shire, the need to nurture one another, and the power of love. It will enter your soul” – The Scots Magazine.

“This is a book that is truly enthralling - brutal, poetic, unjust but beautiful… A beautiful yet tragic tale, set in the First World War, Ardnish Was Home kept me captivated throughout and left wanting more at the end. It delivers everything the title implies about family and community in the Scottish Highlands and illustrates that love can be found in the most desperate of circumstances” – The Bookbag

“….a fast-paced narrative with deeply likeable characters … far more than yet another wartime love story … impossible to put down” – Scottish Field

‘We Fought for Ardnish’ is the follow up tale due for publication in July 2018. This book follows the experiences of Donald Angus Gillies, also a Lovat scout soldier, during the Second World War, and Francoise, a young French Canadian SOE agent.

Angus MacDonald will be ‘in conversation’ with Polly Pullar at Three Lochs, talking about his books, his love of this area, and answering questions from the audience.

Scheduled start time: 10:30 AM

Polly Pullar Polly Pullar - is a naturalist, writer and photographer specialising in wildlife and countryside matters. She is also a wildlife rehabilitator. She contributes monthly to a wide selection of magazines including the Scots Magazine, Scottish Field, People’s Friend and BBC Wildlife. Her books include, Dancing with Ospreys, Rural Portraits - Scotland’s Native Farm Animals, Characters & Landscapes, A Drop in the Ocean – Lawrence MacEwen & the Island of Muck, Fauna Scotica – People & Animals in Scotland, & Neil McIntyre’s photographic book, The Red Squirrel – A Future in the Forest for which she provided the text.

Polly was co-founder of Mallaig’s Book Festival, A Write Highland Hoolie!

She lives in Highland Perthshire with a burgeoning menagerie including owls, a red deer hind, sheep, and three collies.

A Richness of Martens
Polly saw her first pine marten during her childhood in Ardnamurchan. Then exceedingly rare this beautiful member of the weasel family had been persecuted to near extinction. Years later as the marten population was recovering she met Les and Chris Humphreys who had retired to the shores of Loch Sunart. Intrigued that they had turned their garden over to martens forming an extraordinary close bond with them, their detailed records, camera footage and observations provided a wealth of fascinating information challenging previous theories, as well as hilarious interaction with badgers, foxes, hedgehogs and a long list of other creatures.

In this Three Lochs event, Polly will talk about the book, background and research which went into it; not simply a passionate, informative and entertaining portrait of a misunderstood mammal with a penchant for mischief, A Richness of Martens is also a glorious deeply personal story revealing the nature of Ardnamurchan’s Atlantic oak woods through the author’s intimate encounters with its diverse wildlife.

Scheduled start time: 12:30 PM

Scott Kyle Scott Kyle - Scott studied acting and theatre at City of Glasgow College, and worked his way through theatre school juggling classes with working a nightshift. While reading scripts in the library one day, Scott stumbled across an unused but very poignant stage play with a provocative political/economic message called “Singing I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim” by Des Dillon. Scott decided to test it by performing it at college among peers, and it was so well-received that in 2005 Scott formed his own theatre production company called No Limit People (NLP), and left college to take his play on the road. As momentum picked up for NLP’s provocative stage play, Scott began performing to sold-out audiences all over Scotland, and into Ireland. The play became a cultural phenomenon as it attracted first-time theatre-goers, and broke socio-economic barriers. Scott’s hard work culminated in him being awarded The Stage, Best Actor Award in 2010, and this is where his career began.
Since then Scott has starred in many and varied films and stage productions, including ‘The Angel’s Share’ (Ken Loach, 2012), ‘Kilo Two Bravo’ (a.k.a. Kajaki, 2014) and more recently as Ross the Smith in Outlander.

Scott has developed a theatre skills workshop for young people which he runs nationwide and internationally, and he will be running two of them for different age groups at Three Lochs. In addition Scott will be our keynote event on Saturday afternoon, during which he will regale us with tales from the many productions he’s been involved in, and give us some behind-the-scenes gossip about what it was like being part of the Outlander family. Tickets to Scott’s events are likely to be extremely popular so please book early.
Scheduled start time: 4:00 PM

Workshops are offered for age 10 – 14 inclusive, OR age 14 – 16 inclusive – please ensure that you book the correct workshop. How the professional actor prepares for performance: A one-hour stage prep. and characterisation workshop. The workshop will improve students’ performance and on-stage acumen through this fun, focussed small-group intensive workshop.

Scheduled start time for ages 10 - 14 inclusive: 10:00 AM
Scheduled start time for ages 14 - 16 inclusive: 11:30 AM

Find out more about Scott at his website:

Louise Jordon Louise Jordan - Louise Jordan is a singer, songwriter and performer based in the New Forest, who’s been receiving rave reviews for her musical performance “No Petticoats Here” since it launched in 2015 following 18 months research. The production tells the tales of some of the extraordinary and inspirational women who worked in many different spheres during World War One, through song. From an aspiring teenage journalist who dressed as a soldier and travelled to the Western Front on a bicycle, to the women who risked their lives to treat wounded soldiers just yards from the German Front Line and the women footballers who kept the sport alive, Louise has uncovered a collection of fascinating stories which she presents in an unusual and highly entertaining format.

Louise will be performing “No Petticoats Here” at the Highland Bookshop in Fort William on Thursday 20th September, ahead of the start of our full Festival, and will also be running a song-writing workshop on the Saturday. Places at each event are extremely limited so we recommend that you book your tickets early.

With experience as a youth worker, education project leader, secondary school teacher and mentor, Louise offers songwriting, harmony singing and music making workshops for children, young people and adults of all ages and abilities.

A songwriting workshop for all –whether you are new to songwriting or have been writing for some time. Louise will model activities, tools and techniques to get you started or to refresh your approach. Louise will take the group through a ‘complete’ songwriting process which will culminate in a new, original piece of music. Bring: an instrument if you play one; a story, poem, quote, picture or artefact related to the First World War if you would like.

Scheduled start time for Song Writing Workshop: 3:00 PM

Find out more about Louise on her website:

“This is a gutsy and meticulously researched project…. an arresting album and an important historical document.” Songlines, January 2017.

“Inspired by the stories of the many remarkable women who served in the Great War, Jordan has produced one of the most touching and powerful folk albums of the year so far. Sounding at times like the late, great Sandy Denny, Jordan is also a remarkably inventive piano player, a skill that comes to the fore on the stridently haunting Perhaps and beautifully structured Ripple and Flow. “With courage to kick out convention, you were laughing in a lion’s den”, she sings on Endless Days: the bold spirit of these heroines captured in a single line.” The Sunday Express, October 2016

Jed Grimes Jed Grimes - The name Jed Grimes will be familiar to anyone involved in the national folk music scene, and we are extremely fortunate to have Jed participating throughout the Three Lochs weekend this year.

Jed Grimes' track record as an innovator in the field of roots and folk music dates from his early days in the much loved 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie. Since then he has earned Nominations at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for his arrangements for the Northumbria Anthology, and his 6-piece folk/jazz/rock outfit The Hush, featuring Bob Fox: he has released three widely acclaimed solo CD albums, and continues to tour the festivals, folk/roots clubs and arts centres of UK and Europe, where his powerful vocal style and rich, often flamboyant guitar style, allied to a ready Geordie wit, excite and entertain audiences numbering from 50 to 25,000 with equal flair.

On Friday evening Jed will be providing music during our World War One schools production. On Saturday you will be able to hear the full AV presentation Jed has developed about World War I and its effects on NE England with particular reference to how women suddenly became important direct contributors to the war effort at home as the men were sent to the front. This highly entertaining and informative hour in Jed’s company is sure to be a highlight of our weekend.
Scheduled start time: 11:30 AM

Then on Saturday evening, as we round up our programme, Jed will perform a short set which will (hopefully!) include tracks from Hedgehog Pie, Black Snow and his more recent Casa Negra Sessions.

“Couple a timberous voice that has a richness and depth which you love almost from the first note to the warmth of his playing (acoustic guitar, lap steel and bouzouki). Add in a sprinkle of sensitive, thoughtful and restrained arrangements….sheer inventiveness.” Northern Sky Magazine.

John D Burns John D Burns - John D Burns is a mountaineer, writer, actor and storyteller. Originally from Merseyside, John moved to Inverness, over thirty years ago, to follow his passion for the hills. For over 40 years he has walked and climbed the hills of Scotland whilst also making occasional trips to more exotic locations like the Alps, the Pyrenes and the Canadian Rockies.

John is an expert ice climber, and as a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, he took part in numerous rescues in the Highlands. More recently he has rediscovered his love for remote bothies (isolated mountain shelters) and regularly visits the wilder places of his Scottish home.

John started writing almost 15 years ago, at first as a performance poet, and in 2002 he produced a collection of poetry, Wind Dancer, aimed at raising awareness of autism, a condition that affects one of his two children. Later he started developing one-man plays, and took his first: ‘Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil’ to Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 where it attracted large audiences. ‘Mallory: Beyond Everest’ followed, a re-telling of the life of the legendary Everest mountaineer, and John is currently finishing a new work ‘It’s Downhill to the Summit’ based on his book ‘The Last Hillwalker’, which he will be performing for us at Three Lochs.

With the publication of The Last Hillwalker in 2017 John has started reaching new audiences, and is gaining recognition and bookings fast. The book was Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors Magazine Book of the Year, and has almost exclusively 5* ratings on Amazon. His follow-up ‘Bothy Tales’ published early this year, includes a humorous collection of stories from his travels around the mountains and bothies of Scotland, and delves deeper into John’s love of the outdoors.

You’ll have two opportunities to meet John at Three Lochs this year:
Getting your work into print and out to your readers. A practical workshop on becoming an author in the digital age, and through self-publishing. How to take your book from an idea to a finished draft and then turn it into an ebook and print copy. Most important of all; how to generate sales.
Scheduled start time: 12:30 PM

In Downhill to the Summit John looks back at forty years in the hills with stories and tales from his adventures in the mountains.
Scheduled start time: 2:30 PM

Janis MacKay Janis MacKay - In spite of having wanted to write ever since she could remember, Janis MacKay relocated to London from Edinburgh when she was nineteen, in order to find a ‘proper job’. Janis became a journalist, quickly making her way to Fleet Street, but knew that this wasn’t the type of writing she wanted to do. Janis then headed off around the world for a variety of adventures, including working on a kibbutz, sailing on yachts, and looking after children, and lived in France, Greece and Israel along the way. Some years later Janis decided to rekindle her original ambition to become a writer, and signed up for an MA in creative writing at Sussex University. After completing that, The Scottish Arts Council sent Janis to the far north of Scotland to be a writer in residence – “I didn’t even know where Caithness was but that’s where I went, and soon realised Scotland wasn’t as small as I had thought. It’s miles away!” Janis lived there for five years, in a cottage on a beach writing books about the sea and seals, and in 2009 won the Kelpies prize for her first published novel, Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.

Janis now lives near woodland in Edinburgh, and undertakes work as a voice and creative writing teacher, alongside her own writing. Janis mainly writes for young people, but her teaching is applicable to all ages, and her one-year novel writing course is running again this year in Edinburgh, with the recent introduction of a level two follow up course.

At Three Lochs this year Janis will be leading a session aimed at people who have begun the writing journey, and have a first draft of a novel or short story written. What do you do next? “The general recommendation is to write a second draft, then a third!! Real writing, it is often said, is re-writing. In this workshop we will look at how to tighten your prose, write a blurb and edit something you have written to give it more shape and form - taking it closer to making it ready to submit to would be publishers and agents. This workshop will focus on the editing process but will be of interest to anyone with a story written, or even half written. It would be helpful for this workshop to bring along 1000 words from your work in progress...and a red pen!”

Writers Workshop – Real Writing is Rewriting
Scheduled start time: 2:00 PM

Janis will also be running two workshops for our local Primary 4 to 7’s on the Friday (not open to the public), around her award winning time travel trilogy.

Book signing will take place during the day (as with all our visiting authors) courtesy of The Highland Bookshop.

Janis MacKay Hamza Yassin - Hamza is known by many of us living in the immediate area as one of our loveliest crazy local characters! His profile as one of the UK’s best wildlife film-makers currently working has recently been brought to a wider audience through his work with BBC The One Show and other high profile projects around the world. Hamza led a workshop on wildlife photography at our 2016 Festival, which was extremely well received by all who attended. This year Hamza will be talking about the making of wildlife film; rather like the popular last five minutes of the David Attenborough TV programmes, where they show how the episode was made. Hamza promises lots of fascinating (and some hilarious!) tales about attempts to capture just the right shot, which promises to be extremely entertaining, whether or not you are a photographer or film-maker yourself.

“The Making of……” tales from behind the camera with Hamza Yassin
Scheduled start time: 3:00 p.m.

The Grand Finale - with Tim Edey

Tim Edey Tim Edey is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer who has been gaining an increasing following since winning the BBC Radio Folk Awards prize for Musician of the Year in 2012 (alongside Best Duo for his collaboration with Brendan Power).

“Tim Edey is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale.” – Colin Irwin, fRoots.

Three Lochs is very pleased to be bringing much more music to our Festival this year, and there’s no better way to round off our weekend of activities than with an evening of musical magic from Tim – we strongly recommend that you book tickets early; Tim is well known in this area and tickets are likely to sell fast.

Tim Edey Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard, a fine guitarist, and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family. Tim tours the world regularly and has worked with some of the biggest names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…

“One of the world’s greatest melodeon players”. “Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” MIKE HARDING BBC RADIO

Tim’s solo career started back in 2001 with the release of his album “Daybreak” which featured Michael McGoldrick and Lucy Randall and was an album that with the exception of the 3 tracks with guests, Tim literally played every instrument: melodeon, button accordion, guitar, whistle, bodhran, banjo, piano, mandolin and bass. ‘Daybreak’ announced his arrival on the scene in the UK and Ireland and word quickly spread internationally, with tours in Scandinavia and the USA soon afterwards. After winning the BBC Radio award in 2012, Tim headlined at Summerfolk 2014, one of Canada’s biggest and best loved annual Festivals, and then performed at the Costa Del Folk Festival in Portugal, in 2015. Tim undoubtedly has a name on the world stage in his own right and is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today. His dropped D tuning technique and use of nylon strings make him an unusual player within the field of acoustic guitarists, and he’s often sought out by other professional musicians, and is highly regarded by his contemporaries.

“Our Celtic world is lucky to have Tim Edey- my favourite guitarist and nicest person in the world! After touring, performing and recording with Tim over the years, I can tell you all he is an incredible talent with a most unique style. His music is so full of feeling, energy and vulnerability that he has brought me to tears at times with some of his performances- and then makes me laugh a breath later! Most recently, my 9 year old has taken online lessons from Tim on the accordion. I am so grateful for his teaching skills and generosity to our son. Thanks Tim!” – Natalie MacMaster, Ontario, summer 2017

Tim Edey Tim’s talents go from strength to strength, as testified by his nomination again this year for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Musician of the Year. Recent CD releases include “The Sleeping Tunes” (2017) exclusively featuring his contemplative guitar work, and “How do you Know?” (2016). His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

Find out more about Tim at his website:

Tim Edey masterclass – an introduction to dropped d celtic guitar
This is a rare opportunity to join Tim for a 90-minute Masterclass on his unusual ‘dropped d’ playing style – a fantastic opportunity for guitarists of all levels to hear and learn from one of the best musicians in the field. There is very limited space in this workshop so please book early.
Scheduled start time: 1:00 PM

Purchase tickets now to see Tim live at Three Lochs, on Saturday 22nd September 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

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Adam Nicolson - Patron


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