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Weʼre raising £1,000 to help Islay Book Festival bring authors, storytellers, poets & artists to Islay & Jura for a fun-filled, varied and inspirational 4-day event

Isle of Islay
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2018 will be the 11th Islay Book Festival. We have gone from strength to strength since we first set up in 2006 and since then we have hosted a great variety of authors, poets, storytellers and more, many of them world famous, who have each brought a range of inspirational events to our community and its many visitors! And we hope there will be many more festivals to come.

But we need your help. Fundraising for the festival, and for the arts in general, has become increasingly difficult every year. This year we have a great programme planned, with a bigger schools programme and increased community outreach. We're also trying to introduce a regular Gaelic feature to our annual programme, and to give a greater platform to local authors and themes of local relevance. We hope to continue to offer variety through our programme and this year we also want to go a step further and bring a visual art exhibition to Islay to tie in with the festival.

However, running a festival is not cheap. We make sure we pay our authors, and so each session on the programme costs us £175 per author. Due to our location, each author's travel will cost £250 on average. And it's £75 per night to accommodate an author, with most of them needing to stay up to three nights due to travel arrangements. So each of our authors can easily cost £800-900 to bring to Islay. So, as you can imagine, this all adds up and with venue, equipment, and catering costs to take into account too, plus additional running costs, it means our small charity needs to raise a good amount of funds each year in order to deliver the festival to our local community and its many visitors.

This year, although we're pleased to have secured some funding and a number of sponsorship deals, we are struggling to raise as much as we need to in order to fund not just this year's festival, but also to ensure its continued existence. If we don't secure a reasonable level of funding this year we will have used up most of our charity's reserve funds, which will put our festival's future in doubt.

So please, please consider helping us out. Our festival means so much to so many people. Anything you can give to help us offset some of our expenses this year will enable us to deliver a varied and fun-filled festival in 2018, with the multitude of benefits that it brings, and will also give us a much firmer starting point for planning future festivals.

With all our heartfelt thanks from the Islay Book Festival team.

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    Islay Book Festival

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    5 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    To friends near and far, and authors old and new, thank you so very much for helping us reach a third of our crowdfunding target. It means so much that you've all rushed to help us out! xx

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  • Islay Book Festival5 months ago
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    5 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We have already gone past the 10% mark! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. It's really very much appreciated.

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5 months ago

Islay Book Festival started crowdfunding

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Page last updated on: 9/5/2018 4:52 PM



  • Anonymous


    Sep 5, 2018

    Good luck with the festival. It's a brilliant programme and I hope it goes really well!

  • Ivan Rudnicki

    Ivan Rudnicki

    Sep 1, 2018


  • Dawn Bunce

    Dawn Bunce

    Jul 8, 2018

  • Charlene Busalli

    Charlene Busalli

    Jul 6, 2018


  • Texa MacIndeor

    Texa MacIndeor

    Jul 5, 2018

    Well done getting the MacLaverty writers, with your other authors you'll have a great festival x


  • Claire Rizos

    Claire Rizos

    Jul 4, 2018


  • Julie


    Jul 4, 2018

    Topping you up to £350 so you can fund two more author sessions. Good luck!


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Isle of Islay

We're a community book festival based on Scotland's whisky isle, run entirely by volunteers, that takes place every autumn. We are a registered Scottish charity, no. SC037096.

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