2017 Festival


Tarbert will again play host to a feast of literary events over the weekend of its fifth Book Festival, generously sponsored by Blue Energy.  Programme details coming soon.   Tickets available on this site from 1st August, 2017.

Authors are now confirmed for the 2017 festival.   Please click on the author’s name for further information about their books.

Theresa BreslinTheresa is a multi-award winning author, critically acclaimed for over 40 books with work dramatized on television, stage and radio and a winner of the Carnegie award for children’s literature. She will be presenting two sessions in Tarbert Academy on Friday 27th October.   These will be free to participating children and young adults.  They are closed sessions and no tickets will be available to the general public.

Ken MacTaggart Dr Ken MacTaggart is Co-Editor (with David Woods) of the Apollo 11 Flight Journal, NASA’s official record of the mission, with accompanying technical commentary. He is also a long -standing contributor to NASA’s Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. He has written for national newspapers and magazines about many space topics, including Apollo, the Space Shuttle, the MMU, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 13 accident, the Russian Interkosmos programme, etc. He lives in Inveraray, Scotland.  He will be presenting two sessions in Tarbert Academy on Friday 27th October.  These will be free to participating young adults.   These are closed sessions and no tickets will be available to the general public.


Anne Hamilton – This year’s Writers Workshop with Anne is titled Fiction in a Flash and is supported by Moniack Mhor.

Whether you’re an experienced writer or a ‘beginner’; whether you write fiction or non-fiction, this workshop offers you the space to write, to chat, to ask questions and to receive feedback.  Click on ‘Fiction in a Flash’ to order tickets direct ‘through Moniack Mhor’.




Paul Murton  BBC Grand Tours presenter Paul Murton has spent half a lifetime exploring some of the most beautiful islands of the world – the Hebrides. He has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland’s rugged West Coast and sailed to over 80 islands. Join him as he shares his stories from the lush shores of Gigha to the towering cliffs of St Kilda, exploring the islands’ breathtaking scenery, culture, history and the people who live there.



Alan McKirdy  Alan McKirdy has written many popular books and book chapters on geology and related topics and has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in Scotland.   His other books with Birlinn include ‘Set in Stone: The Geology and Landscapes of Scotland’ and ‘Land of Mountain and Flood’ which was nominated for the Saltire Research Book of the Year prize.  His presentation will focus on Argyll and the Islands.



Charles Withers  –  Islands don’t produce maps – maps produce islands.   This illustrated talk will reveal how, and when, Scotland’s islands first appeared on maps and how maps have helped ‘shape’ islands as parts of Scotland’s geography, on paper, and in the imagination.  Charlie Withers is the Geographer Royal for Scotland







Chris BrookmyreThis year, our guest speaker for the Springbank Session will be celebrated author Chris Brookmyre.  He will discuss the dangers of cyberspace in his new Jack Parlabane novel ‘Want You Gone’, and take the reader to crime fiction’s final frontier with space-noir thriller, ‘Places In The Darkness’.





Charles McGarry – Charles E Mcgarry will speak about ‘The Ghost of Helen Addison’, the first in the Leo Moral series of detective fiction.   Leo is not your average private detective.   An avowed connoisseur, he at times has more unsettling concerns:  visions of violent crimes.  He travels to a brooding, majestic landscape in rural Argyll after the ritualistic murder of a young woman, and meets a host of colourful characters, including the ghost of the victim.   Frustrated by forces of evil, Leo must unmask the killer before he himself becomes the next to die.


Lisa TuttleLisa is an old friend of Tarbert Book Festival and makes a return visit to talk to us about The Curious Affairs of Jesperson and Lane. Lisa’s latest novels are the first two in a series of fantastic detective stories set in the 1890s, combining mystery and fantasy in realistic historical settings. The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the PsychicThief and The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross are available in paperback and as e-books from Jo Fletcher Books.