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£70raised of £500 target by 2 supporters

Weʼre raising £500 to help fund Islay Book Festival's 2019 events and to help this small community festival continue to grow

Isle of Islay
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Islay Book Festival is a small arts charity and our community festival is run on a not-for-profit basis. Any fundraising that we do, and all proceeds from ticket sales, goes towards the planning and delivery of the festival, which is run almost entirely by volunteers. We would be hugely grateful for any support you might be able to offer us towards the ongoing development of our festival.

2019 will be our 13th festival and we continue to go from strength to strength since we first set up in 2006. 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 top quality line-up! We hope to continue to offer a variety of opportunities through our programme and to help strengthen Islay's local cultural scene.

However, running a festival is not cheap. Following standard practice, we make sure we pay our authors, and 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. 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.

If we don't secure a reasonable level of funding this year we will have to rely heavily on our charity's reserve funds, which will put our festival's future in doubt. So please consider helping us out. 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 2019, with the multitude of benefits that it brings to our community, 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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    • Anonymous


      Aug 28, 2019

      Looking forward to a book packed weekend


    • Will and Julie

      Will and Julie

      Jun 22, 2019

      Best of luck with the festival this year. Hope it goes really great!


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    Islay Book Festival

    Islay Book Festival

    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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