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26th to 28th October 2018

We have now finalised this year’s programme and are delighted to share news of the fantastic line-up for 2018.

Building on successes of previous years, the festival committee are pleased to kick things off in Tarbert Academy, with events tailored to children and young people according to their stage and curriculum. Stuart Paterson BBC Scotland’s Poet in Residence will guide pupils through the mysteries of “guid auld” Scottish words and phrases. Sandy the Seal will entertain younger ones with the help of Helen Cormack, author.

Saturday with the Stevensons  October 28th October
To start the day, we will hear from Bella Bathurst, whose history The Lighthouse Stevensons won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award. It is well- known know that Robert Louis Stevenson came from a family of lighthouse engineers but perhaps you don’t realise the incredible catalogue of their work. Over four generations, they built every lighthouse round Scotland, developing, as they went, inventions in both construction and optics to place buildings in the most dangerous conditions.

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  • Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition Open Category

    Posted on Friday 6th July, 2018

    Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition Open Category Sun 22 Jul 2018, 12:00PM Book Now Can you write 500 words on any subject under the sun? Our writing competition  this year is sponsored by Chasing Time, who are offering, as first prize, a weekend long writing retreat. Full details of the competition, how to enter and […]

  • Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition Novice Category

    Posted on Friday 6th July, 2018

    Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition Novice Category Sun 22 Jul 2018, 12:00PM Book Now Can you write 500 words on any subject under the sun? This year we are delighted be able to introduce a category for unpublished writers with a six week tutored online course from WriteRight Editing Services as the first prize. Full […]

  • Writing Competition 2018

    Posted on Thursday 5th July, 2018

    Now in its third year, we are delighted to announce the 2018 Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition. This year we are delighted to be able to offer two prizes. The Open category prize is generously sponsored by Chasing Time. The Novice category prize is generously sponsored by WriteRight Editing Services. The competitions are for a short story/researched […]

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