August – 4th September



For people

who love books,

music, drama,

art and more!

30th August

4th September





Designed and sponsored by Dynam, Inverness

to the 13 th Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Tickets are available

from Tuesday 7th

June 2016

Buy online at:

Tickets can also be

purchased from:

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

(credit card, cheque, or cash)

King Street, Nairn

Tel: 01667 453476

Nairn Bookshop

(cheque or cash only)

97 High Street, Nairn

By post (please include

a self addressed, stamped

envelope cheque made

payable to ‘NBAF’):

NBAF, c/o 34 Lodgehill Park,

Nairn, IV12 4SB

or Tel: 01667 452624

Check all the latest

Festival news by

visiting our website:

or follow us on Facebook

and Twitter.



Logo design: Mary Wilson

Cover design: Steve Smith

(see details on page 5)

Programme designed and sponsored by

Dynam, Inverness:

It’s the time of year to have your senses assaulted, your

mind stimulated, and your spirits raised and we have just

the programme to do that. This year, our literary events

span the centuries, topics from real life adventure and

travel to crime, real and fictional, and politics. The music

programme includes a strong Scottish core and the

warmth and sunshine of Spain, while the varied visual

arts programme includes a return to staging an open

exhibition in Nairn, always an exciting event. We also

have a range of workshops led by highly regarded artists.

Now becoming a tradition, our

Kids’ Day features indoor and

outdoor events which we are able

to provide free for children

thanks to community support

through Nurturing Nairnshire.

Following last year’s success, we

have again commissioned a local

artist, Steve Smith, to produce

a unique design, featured on

our programme cover. You can

purchase a limited edition print

of this painting; proceeds will

support the Festival.

We are of course indebted to

all our sponsors and partners,

without whom the Festival could

David Godden Chair, Nairn Book & Arts Festival

not take place. Funding is always

a challenge and this year YOU

also have the opportunity

to support your festival by

becoming a Friend of the Festival,

with a range of benefits and the

chance to win free admission to

all Festival events details are

on Page 1.

Some events will sell out

fast, so don’t delay in buying

tickets, available online

( or at

the Community Centre or Nairn

Bookshop. Keep in touch via the

website, Twitter, Facebook and

e-newsletter. This is your

festival enjoy it.

Friends of the Festival

Nairn Book and Arts Festival is launching a Friends scheme to help it bridge a gap in its

funding. The scheme, which will cost £25 to join, offers Friends of the Festival the chance

to win a pair of Golden Tickets worth £250 each allowing free entry to Festival events.

'Friends' of the 2016 Nairn Book and Arts Festival will receive a card entitling them to special deals at

selected local shops and restaurants during Festival week (30th Aug to 4th Sept), free tea and coffee in the

new Festival Café at Nairn Community and Arts Centre during Festival week, and entry into a draw for a pair

of Golden Tickets, giving free entry to all Festival events, excluding workshops. The draw will take place on

1st August. A complete listing of participating restaurants and shops will be online from that date also.

Anyone winning Golden Tickets who has already bought tickets to Festival events will be refunded.

Those interested in becoming a Festival Friend should sign up at Nairn Community Centre

or register online at

Daily Events ALL FREE

Festival Café @ NCC


with local schools

From Wednesday

31st August to

Friday 2nd Sept

10am-4pm daily

Join us in our new Festival Café

at Nairn Community & Arts

Centre to meet old friends and

make new ones use your

‘Friends of the Festival’ Card

for free tea/coffee and enjoy

home-made soup, scones

and cakes. All welcome.

Nairn Museum

Open Monday to Friday


and Saturday 10am-1pm

Free Entry during Festival

(apart from special events)

Nairn Museum is delighted to be

hosting Michael and Maria Start’s

House of Automata exhibition

throughout the summer. This

will include many models from

Michael’s workshop which have

not been seen before. As well as

the exhibition there will be a

special demonstration of rare

clockwork automata on Saturday

3rd September at 11am.

Bards at the Bookshop

The Nairn Bookshop,

94 High Street, Nairn

Tuesday 30th August

to Friday 2nd September


Each day, The Nairn Bookshop

will host a different poet reading

some of their work. A detailed

programme will be available

from the shop or visit

for more details.

Sponsored by

William Mather

Portrait Sketches

Various venues

We are delighted to welcome

back our roving portrait artist

William Mather, who will be

appearing at various locations

throughout the Festival period.

The Festival looks forward to

collaborating with local schools

once again. Kate Leiper will be

conducting workshops in Auldearn,

Cawdor, Millbank and Rosebank

Primary schools whilst Alan

Bissett will speak to senior pupils

in Nairn Academy. Linda MacLeod

will visit the Croileagan and

Millbank Primary School where

she will be speaking to the Gaelic

pre-school and infant classes.

Cawdor Primary School will be

holding its annual poetry evening

during Festival week.

A musical theatre production of

Peter and the Wolf by Anemos

Wind Quintet will entertain pupils

from Rosebank and Millbank

Primary Schools.

The Nairn Bookshop is sponsoring

a poetry competition for primary

school pupils the theme this

year is ‘Boats’.

With thanks to Nurturing

Nairnshire (Highland Council

Nairn Ward), The Gaelic Books

Council, Nairn Rotary and The

Nairn Bookshop for their support

in bringing these events into the

local schools.





After Hours Art

Until 8pm on

Thursday 1st September

Join us at the following

venues: The Court House,

United Reformed Church,

Seamen’s Hall and Nairn

Community & Arts Centre.

We are delighted this year

to be able to open our

exhibitions late again.

Nairn Open Exhibition

Nairn Court House and

Community and Arts Centre

29th August 4th Sept 2016

Opening times:

Court House

10am-4pm daily

Community & Arts Centre

10am-10pm daily

Theme: Maritime

The Nairn Open Exhibition

features paintings, drawings

and original prints with a

maritime theme by artists

from the northern regions

of Scotland, from Perth and

Inverness to Caithness,

Orkney and Shetland.

Submit your work: Artists

from Northern Scotland, from

Perth and Aberdeen, Highlands

and Islands, Caithness,

Orkney and Shetland, are

invited to submit two

dimensional work in oil,

acrylic, and mixed media,

and original prints. Deadline

for submissions (digital images

of work only) 25th July 2016.

Details and submission

forms can be found at

New Highland Contemporary 3 and introducing KEEK Space

The Seamen’s Victoria Hall, Harbour Rd, Nairn

Exhibition runs from Sunday 28th August until Sunday

4th September, open 10.30am-4.30pm (Late opening until

8pm as part of After Hours Art on Thursday 1st Sept.)

We are excited to again be able

to display selected works of

contemporary fine art in a variety

of media by third year BA (Hons)

Fine Art students from Moray

College UHI, in one of the most

atmospheric and beautiful

buildings in Nairn.

We are also delighted to be able

to show work by Lynne Strachan,

winner of the Connell & Connell

WS Prize at the 2015 Scottish

Society of Artists exhibition, in

our new KEEK space a space

for emerging artists. Lynne

Strachan's work Reflection

invites us to explore, contemplate

and reflect on the water cycle

and our environment.


Illustration Competition

My Fantasy Boat

Enter our fantastic

Illustration competition!

Over the sea, underwater,

sail powered, motor powered,

octopus powered?

Age categories are:

3-7, 8-11, 12-18

Entry deadline:

Friday 19th August

Photographic Competition

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

All hours

This popular Annual

Competition is organised by the

Nairn Camera Club. There will

be three categories Under 12

(or attending Primary School),

Under 18’s and 18 and over.

This open competition is free to

enter and allows a choice of

subject and use of either colour

or black and white photography.

Entries to be submitted to Nairn

Community & Arts Centre from

Monday 4th July until Sunday

31st July. The Exhibition of

entries will run from 30th

August to 4th September.

Sponsored by Jessops, Inverness

Rules and guidelines for all the competitions

can be found on

Emily Coulson

Green Tree Arts

Studio, Ferness

Monday 29th August

Sunday 4th September

We are delighted to be working

with the Green Tree Arts Studio

in Ferness this year for the first

time. Nairn-based artist Emily

Coulson will show her work,

which is inspired by everyday

things when rejected and

decaying, in glass, bronze and

textile, in the beautiful former


Emily makes objects using

materials which are accessible

to her, particularly textiles an

available, affordable and diverse

medium allowing her to create

work at her home studio. Having a

background in glass and ceramics,

she is now using and building on

these skills to create work in

bronze. Emily received a 1st class

Hons Degree from Sunderland

University and her work is held in

private collections.

Emily will also be running a

textile workshop on Saturday 3rd

September details are on p5.

Art in Healthcare Exhibition

Nairn Town and

County Hospital

Open during normal hours

See page 12

Ingebjorg Smith: Original

Illustrations from ‘Bite and

Mackay Go to Sea’

United Reformed Church

Monday 29th August

Saturday 3rd September

Opening times:

Monday 29th August

9am-11am, 3pm-5pm

Tuesday 30th August


Wednesday 31st August

9am-11am, 3pm-5pm

Thursday 1st September

9am-11am 3pm-8pm (Cathel

Hutchinson will read in Gaelic

and English at 4pm a Gaelic

version of the book will be for

sale at this event)

Friday 2nd September

9am-11am, 3pm-5pm

Saturday 3rd September


An exhibition of playful, humorous

and quirky illustrations by Tain

artist Ingebjorg Smith from new

childrens’ book Bite and Mackay

Go to Sea, published by Tigh na

Teud Books accompanied by text

from the book in Gaelic and


Photographic exhibition

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

All hours

All entries to the Photography

Competition will be exhibited

during the Festival.

Illustration Competition


The prizewinning work from

the Illustration Competition

will be on display at the Nairn

Community & Arts Centre for

the duration of the Festival.

Off the Peg

High Street Art

Various venues

All hours

Off the Peg is the community

art event in Nairn High Street

and Harbour area. Unframed

paintings pegged inside shop

windows for all to see and buy.

Nairn Academy Art Exhibition

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

All hours


An exhibition of work by Art

and Design students at Nairn

Academy including handmade

books inspired by this year’s

literary line up, and work from

last year’s Higher pupils and

current S4 students, plus

designs for the Festival’s




Kate Leiper

Looking at Illustration

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

Monday 29th August



Kate Leiper was brought up in

the North East and is now an

artist and illustrator, based in

Edinburgh. She studied

printmaking at Gray’s School of

Art, Aberdeen. She illustrated

“An Illustrated Treasury of

Scottish Mythological Creatures”,

written by Theresa Breslin, and

“An Illustrated Treasury of

Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales”,

which was longlisted for the

Kate Greenaway Award in 2013.

Join Kate in a workshop where

she will explain how to begin to

create a character and will lead

you through the process to

create your own!

No materials needed.

Sula Grigg

General Ceramics

The Wee Studio,

Marine Road, Nairn

Wednesday 31st August


Thursday 1st September

10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

£30 per workshop

Highland artist Sula Grigg

graduated from Glasgow School

of Art in sculpture and

environmental art. She now

lives and works in Nairn.

This workshop will be a

beginners class in general

ceramics, and will include

an introduction to different

techniques; pinch pot, coil pot,

slip casting, wheel pottery and

slab building. You will have the

choice of two of the above

techniques, more if you have the

time with access to as much clay

as you need. Final pieces will

then be fired and glazed ready

for collection.

(Meet 10 mins before workshop

start time outside James’s at

the Putting Green, Marine Road)


30th August 4th September

Mount Board Weaving with

Emily Coulson

Green Tree Arts Studio,


Saturday 3rd September


£60 (includes lunch)

Learn to create beautiful textile

work at home, in this workshop

with glass and textile artist

Emily Coulson. Emily will

William Mather

Portrait Sketching Workshop

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

Wednesday 31st August

10am -4pm

£55 (sandwich lunch included)

Our very popular roving portrait

artist returns and this time he

is offering to pass on some of his

portraiture skills to 10 lucky

participants in a portrait-sketching

workshop. William has painted

and exhibited his work for many

years, working from his studio in


demonstrate basic weaving

techniques to help you design

and create your own woven

textile on a mount board, using

thread, wool and felt. Suitable

for beginners, as much as those

with some previous experience.

Students should bring with them

fruit which interests and inspires

them, some drawing materials,

and a small set of water colours.

A materials list for participants

will be posted online

Details of what you will need to

bring will be published online at

William will also be out and

about sketching portraits

Tuesday Saturday at the

Festival, so look out for him!

Steve Smith Commission/

limited edition reproduction

Our stunning front cover

was designed by Steve Smith,

specially commissioned by the

Nairn Book & Arts Festival.

A limited edition reproduction

print of the artwork (16” x 12”

including mount) will be

available to buy during the

Festival for £60.00.

Buy it online at;

or for payment by cash

or cheque, please email

or call 07951 116033.

Collection from Nairn

Community and Arts Centre

during the Festival period only.

(Price is +P&P if postal

delivery is required.)

Book Quiz

Pick up your quiz sheet from The Nairn Bookshop

or the Community Centre during July & August,

and win a Nairn Bookshop Gift Voucher worth £25!

Quiz sheets are 50p each and all proceeds go to NBAF. Good Luck!


Other dates for the diary

Pre-Festival Events

Prosecco, Poetry & Pizza

Friday 19th August,

7.30pm until late

The Invernairne,

Thurlow Road, Nairn

£12 (Over 18’s only)

A pre-festival celebration

of bubbles, words and

nibbles all hosted by NBAF

in the beautiful setting of

the Italian inspired villa,

The Invernairne.

‘Taste of the Festival’

Food Fair

Saturday 27th August


Nairn Community & Arts Centre

Free Entry

Our popular Food Fair returns this year with new stalls,

demonstrations and entertainment. Lunch will be served from

11.30am from MacLeod Organics (Baked Potatoes) and Duncan

Chisholm from La Tortilla Asesina (Paella).

‘Mini Bites’ Demonstrations : La Tortilla Asesina will show you

how to cook Gambas al Pil-Pil (Prawn dish) and come along to

learn how to make great pizza bases from The Bread Peddlar

a firm favourite with all the family.

See for exact times of demonstrations.

Tea & Coffee will be available during the event.

The Pen & I

Much Ado About Writing

Monday 29th August


The Little Theatre

£5, Under 18’s £3

Pay at the door

The Pen & I, Nairn’s creative

writing group are this year

celebrating a decade of writing.

Part of the title is stolen from

Shakespeare as it is the 400th

anniversary of his death and

the 10th anniversary of the

birth of the group.

During their evening they

will present a mixture of

their writings all new work.

Poems, prose, laughter and

maybe a little sadness. Enjoy.

Light refreshments are available.


30th August 4th September


30 th

Opening night

Bookbug Session


Nairn Library


Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes

with your toddler in this fun

session. Suitable for pre-school


Alan Barron Walk


Meet at The Little Theatre

£3, Under 18’s £1.50

Alan, accompanied by his dog

Rowan, will lead a walk around

Fishertown a conservation area.

No booking required. Proceeds go

to Nairn Museum.

‘The Late James Ross’

James Ross Standup

Simon Calder


Nairn Community & Arts Centre


Simon Calder is Britain's leading travel commentator. He

began his career at Gatwick airport, where he cleaned out

planes for Sir Freddie Laker and, later, frisked passengers

(for a job, that is; not a hobby).

Sponsored by

He then started to write travel guidebooks and travel articles.

Today Simon is Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and

is known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that

he pays for all his own travel.

Simon has written for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper,

the Independent on Sunday, BA’s inflight magazine, High Life

and a host of other publications.

Once a month, he presents the Global Guru section of The

Travel Show (BBC Worldwide and BBC2) where he answers

viewers travel questions and queries.

Simon (@SimonCalder) is also a regular guest on national TV,

often seen on BBC Breakfast News, Good Morning Britain, ITV

News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC radio,

particularly for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live!


The Little Theatre


‘Legendary’ ‘I defy you not to

split your sides!’

Poet, musician and raconteur

James Ross presents his unique

blend of stand-up comedy,

anecdote, performance poetry

(and possibly even an odd song)

in his tenth consecutive show at

the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.

Yes, we’re all wearing on, but

there’s life in the old dog yet

and it’s an earlier start this year!

Bring your cocoa…















Graham Short

31 st 12pm-1pm

The Little Theatre

£8, Under 18’s £3

Tez Watson

Every Picture Tells A Story


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£5, Under 18’s £3

It’s long been said that

"A picture is worth a thousand

words" the source of this

quote has never been fully

agreed but it's most certainly

true. The trouble is that so

often the story is either

missing or incomplete.

Working in the photographic

processing industry you find

that customers present all

manner of images for scanning,

printing, restoration, etc. Tez

Watson shares some of the

more interesting photos that

have passed through his hands

over the years and tells the

sometimes-fascinating stories

that belong with them.

We welcome Graham Short, the

famous micro-artist who

engraved The Lord's Prayer on

the head of a pin, and the words

'Nothing is Impossible' along the

sharp edge of a razor blade. In

celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th

birthday he recently engraved

the world’s smallest portrait of

the Queen on a speck of gold

inside the eye of a needle.

He works from midnight to 5am,

to avoid vibration from passing

traffic. He lowers his heart rate

to 20 beats a minute, then while

wearing a stethoscope he

engraves between heartbeats

when he is perfectly still. Regular

injections of Botox in his eyelids

ensure there is no distraction

from eye-muscles and nerves.

This is sure to be a fascinating

and memorable talk.

Tim Honnor

The Battle of Jutland


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

Tim Honnor is well known to

many of you and although he

previously talked about Jutland

some seven years ago, this year

on the one hundredth anniversary

of the battle, he will concentrate

more on the fighting of the ships.

It is salutary to realise that of

the four cruisers that left the

Cromarty Firth on 30th May

1916, only one returned. The

lights of Nairn would have been

the last sight of their country

seen by those sunk the next

day on those three ships.

Helena Nelson


Nairn Library

Free Event

Helena Nelson, poet, writer,

founder and publisher of poetry

pamphlets at HappenStance

Press, will give a workshop

based on her new book,

How (not) to Get Your Poetry


Please contact

the library to

book in

advance first

come first


Limited to 12

spaces book

via the Library.


30th August 4th September

Jennifer Morag Henderson

Josephine Tey: A Life


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

The Observer ‘Best Biographies of

the Year 2015’

Josephine Tey was the pen-name of

Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952).

Born in Inverness, MacKintosh

lived several ‘lives’: best known as

Golden Age Crime Fiction writer

‘Josephine Tey’, she was also

successful novelist and playwright

‘Gordon Daviot’.

At one point, she had plays on

simultaneously in the West End in

London and on Broadway, and even

wrote for Hollywood all from her

home in the north of Scotland.

Son et Lumière

A night at the Museum

Nairn Museum


Free Event

Following last year’s very

successful event, the Museum is

delighted to host another Son et

Lumière late evening show. This

time the emphasis will be on the

town’s fishing and maritime history

with a selection of photographs

from the extensive archives

projected onto the front of the

grade 2 listed Georgian house.

Commentary by local historian

Alan Barron.















1 st

How to find your family

history & The Mystery of the

Lion Tamer!



Community & Arts Centre

Free Entry

Join Family Historian Anne

Fraser from the Highland Archive

Centre, who will give a talk about

the records you can access to

discover your family tree,

followed by a case study which

started with a song about a lion

tamer which had the words, ‘he’s

buried in the Highlands but we’re

not sure where’.

The story will be revealed!!

Trevor Royle

Culloden Scotland’s Last

Battle and the Forging of

the British Empire

Nairn Community

& Arts Centre 2pm-3pm

The Chapel, Fort George


£8, Under 18’s £3

The evening event includes a selfguided

tour of the Highlanders’

Museum and a glass of wine before

the talk.

A reappraisal of one of the most

controversial battles in British

history and its wider role in the

creation of the British Empire.

In Trevor Royle’s vivid and

evocative narrative, we are drawn

into the ranks, on both sides,

alongside doomed Jacobites

fighting fellow Scots dressed in the

red coats of the Duke of

Cumberland’s Royal Army. And we

meet the Duke himself, a skilled

warrior who would gain notoriety

due to the reprisals on Highland

clans in the battle’s aftermath.

Royle also takes us beyond the

battle as the men of the Royal

Army, galvanized by its success at

Culloden, expand dramatically and

start to fight campaigns overseas

in America and India in order to

secure British interests; we see the

revolutionary use of fighting

techniques first implemented at

Culloden; and the creation of

professional fighting forces.

Cathel Hutchison

‘Bite and Mackay Go to Sea’


United Reformed Church

Children’s Book Reading

Free Event

Bite and Mackay Go to Sea follows

the adventures of two pups, Bite

and MacKay, on their first sailing

adventure with the MacNamara

family. Bite is an adventurous and

sometimes yappy Jack Russell,

always on the lookout for the next

opportunity; while MacKay is a

burly Scottish Terrier, who loves

food, lots of it, and a good song.

Cathel Hutchison’s first book is

published in Gaelic by Tigh na

Teud Books, with an English

edition expected soon.

Kirstin Innes



Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

Twenty year old Rona Leonard

walks out of her sister Fiona’s

flat and disappears.

Six years later, Fiona’s life is

changed forever after discovering

that Rona had been working

as a prostitute.

A bittersweet, sensual and rich

novel, Fishnet (winner of the

Guardian Not the Booker Prize

2015) takes a clear-eyed,

meticulously researched,

controversial look at the sex

industry and the lives of sex

workers, questioning our

perception of contemporary



30th August 4th September

Black Isle Bronze Tour


Balmakeith Business Park


A rare tour of Black Isle Bronze

Foundry in Nairn, the UK’s leading

Fine Art and Architectural bronze

foundry. Recently completed

projects include a set of seven

larger than lifesize bronze

racehorses for a Royal palace in

Dubai and a statue of Eros atop

a ninety foot column for a Texan

property developer.

This event will sell out fast,

booking recommended.

Alan Bissett


The Little Theatre

£8, Under 18’s £3

Very much in demand as a live

act, Alan Bissett is a Scottish

novelist, playwright and

performer and winner of the

Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland

Writer of the Year in 2011.

His plays include his ‘onewoman’

show The Moira

Monologues, The Confidant

(National Theatre of Scotland/

Oran Mor/Traverse 2011),

Turbo Folk; Ban This Filth!

(2013), shortlisted for an

Amnesty International Freedom

of Expression Award 2013;

and The Pure, the Dead and

the Brilliant (2014), starring

Elaine C.Smith.

In what promises to be a very

entertaining evening, Alan will

perform selected elements from

his plays.

The Musick Fyne Soloists

Inverness Fragments


United Reformed Church

£8, Under 18’s £3

The enterprising Highland

ensemble under their director

D James Ross perform music

for voices from the Inverness

Fragments, a fascinating

manuscript preserving

church music composed

at the Inverness Sangscule

in the 1540s.

Providing a unique window on

music-making in Renaissance

Inverness, the reconstructed

music includes hauntingly

beautiful processionals and

choral music for the elaborate

celebration of Palm Sunday.

The Musick Fyne Soloists will

perform this intriguing local

repertoire in a context of the

finest choral music from the

Scottish Golden Age, including

the Missa Pater Creator omnium

of 1546 by Scotland’s finest

16th-century composer,

Robert Carver.

Songs & Poems across the water


Meet at Nairn Harbour

Donations to RNLI

Members of the Sailing Club's

music group will sing a selection

of sea shanties and a Burns

poem/song on the stern deck of

Eva, at the end of the north

pontoon, Nairn Harbour. This

can be viewed from the north

pontoon, the harbour quays and

the harbour car park by the pier.

If the weather is inclement, the

event will be held in the Sailing Club.















1 st

Julie Price

The Art of Botanical



Nairn Community Centre

£8 (Limited Availability)

Julie is a botanical artist who has

exhibited at both the Royal

Horticultural Society and Society

of Botanical Artists exhibitions in

London and was awarded an RHS

medal in 2004. She has also been

awarded the prestigious Diploma in

Botanical Watercolour Painting and

is a guest tutor on the same course

in London.

Although her work is mainly

botanical, Julie has always been

interested in all aspects of nature

and takes inspiration from living

in Cromarty. She uses her artistic

skills to produce highly detailed

pictures of the flora and fauna

around her. She does not just

use the traditional method of

watercolour on paper but is also

skilled in the more specialised

and unusual technique of using

watercolour on vellum. Julie

also uses pen and ink as

a different medium.

The Cheery Groove Showcase


Nairn Community & Arts Centre

£14, Under 18’s £3

Cheery Groove is the home of Scottish singer songwriter Findlay

Napier and his wife, singer and fiddle player, Gillian Frame. In this

Showcase they are joined by other artists in the Cheery Groove

stable including English folk music legend Chris Sherburn, and

support from a stellar band featuring Anna Massie (guitar/banjo/

mandolin), Hamish Napier (piano), Euan Burton (bass), Tia Files

(guitar) and Iain Sloan (pedal steel/telecaster). You’ll hear an

evening of great stories and craic and the best of traditional and

contemporary music and song, including material from Two Men

on a Boat, Pendulum, and Very Interesting Persons (#2 in The

Telegraph's Top Folk Albums of 2015). Don’t miss it!

Art in Healthcare Exhibition Private View


Nairn Town and County Hospital

Free Event


by Nairn &

District Gardening Club

Festival goers are invited to attend a Private View of the

Art in Healthcare Exhibition which includes artwork from emerging

and established Scottish artists such as TG McGill Duncan, David

Michie, and also Christopher Gilvan Cartwright, whose series of

paintings were inspired by recovery following illness. Present at the

private View will be the chief executive of the Art in Healthcare

charity Margaret O'Connor. Light refreshments will be available.


30th August 4th September


2 nd

Claire MacKay

Louise Scullion


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

An illustrated talk covering some

of the art projects that Louise has

made with Matthew Dalziel.

Dalziel + Scullion, based in

Dundee, established their fine

art studio in 1990 and since

that time, have made works

in response to the Scottish

landscape, its rich biodiversity,

ancient geology and ever changing

weather systems. They are often

asked to respond to a particular

context or they may search for

something singular or peculiar

about the natural resources a

place has, interpreting this in

films, sculptures and recently a

range of clothing.

Louise will present a few of the

studio’s recent works for galleries

and outdoor places, as well as

items from the range of smaller

works they make as satellites to

their bigger projects.


Brodie Castle

£8, Under 18’s £3

(Limited availability)

Claire MacKay is a medical

herbalist, ethnobotanical

researcher, writer, columnist and

founder of Herbal Heritage

Scotland. Claire is also the

Consultant Herbalist for the

worldwide hit TV series


It has become a matter close

to her heart to maintain research

and to collate many of the

existing resources and available

research including a wealth of

Gaelic literature and orally

collected accounts that is the

very roots of a tradition,

traceable in our Scottish heritage

as far back as 5000 years ago.

Our native plants have preserved

humankind down the centuries,

and it is Claire’s intention, not

only to use the skills she has

gained to heal people naturally,

within our communities, but

also to preserve the carefully

cultivated plant knowledge

of our Scottish heritage.

A fascinating talk!

Lunch is available at Brodie

Castle for £7 between the

MacKay and Davidson talks.

Advance bookings are

preferred. Please call Brodie

Castle on 0844 493 2156 or


Disabled access a stair lift is

available which must be prebooked

by calling Brodie Castle.

A joint event with the

National Trust for Scotland,

Brodie Castle.

Liz Davidson


Brodie Castle

£8, Under 18’s £3

(Limited availability)

Taking Advantage of Adversity

The Restoration of The

Mackintosh Building at

Glasgow School of Art.

On May 23rd 2014 the

internationally acclaimed

Mackintosh Building designed

by Scotland’s leading Art

Nouveau architect, Charles

Rennie Mackintosh was

engulfed in what appeared at

first sight to be a fire of total

devastation. By the afternoon

of May 24th prospects were

brighter the building had held

strong, the majority of the

precious contents had been

heroically salvaged by the fire

crews and most importantly

no one had been injured or

worse. The Mack had survived

but with terrible scars. The

following 18 months have been

spent consolidating, measuring,

researching and starting the

long process of rebuilding this

remarkable building. Liz

Davidson, Senior Project

Manager for the restoration will

describe that journey.














Roddy Maclean


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

This is a Gaelic event,

simultaneously translated

for non Gaelic speakers.

Cha gabh stòiridh mar seo a

sheachnadh, is tha Ruairidh

MacIlleathain air a bheò

ghlacadh leis an sgeul a th’ aig

Màiri NicEachairne mu Lee Harvey

Oswald, murt JFK, is mar a theich

i fhèin às na Stàitean. Ach an gabh

earbsa a chur sa chunntas aice,

agus nan robh Oswald neochiontach

carson a tha i air a

bhith sàmhach cho fada?

It’s the kind of story no journalist

can ignore. Roddy Maclean is

intrigued by Màiri NicEachairne’s

claim that she knew Lee Harvey

Oswald and had to flee the States

and change her identity to escape

JFK’s enemies. But does Màiri’s

account stand up, and why has

she waited so long to prove

Oswald’s innocence?

Sponsored by


2 nd

Laird’s Wing Tours

Tour 1 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Tour 2 3.45pm to 4.45pm

Brodie Castle

National Trust for Scotland


An exclusive tour of the private

Laird’s Wing led by NTS curator

Alastair Smith- a former curator

of Brodie, Alastair curates many

NTS properties including Crathes

Castle, Culross Palace, Fyvie

Castle, Georgian House, Inverewe

House and Garden, and Mar


The Laird’s Wing is an elegant

three floor apartment once

occupied by the late Laird of

Brodie Castle, Ninian Brodie,

and beautifully restored by the

National Trust for Scotland in

2006. The seven- bedroom

apartment reflects the eclectic

taste of the late Laird, and

features a collection of stunning

antiques, works of art by Sir

George Reid, Gemmel Hutchison,

Jules Dupre, and William Beatty

Brown , and a number of

watercolours collected by Violet

and Ian Brodie, including works

by Alexander Trotter and

Muirhead Bone.

Places on these tours are limited,

early booking is advised.

Ajay Close

A Petrol Scented Spring


The Little Theatre

£8, Under 18’s £3

“I still don’t know whether he

was done for before we met,

whether his heart was already

claimed, or smashed. Whether

the love story pieced together in

these pages is mine, or hers.”

The day after her wedding,

Donella Ferguson Watson wakes

up shackled to a man haunted

by the past. The lonely days

become weeks, months. Her

husband Hugh, a prison doctor,

will offer no explanation for

their sexless marriage. She

comes to suspect the answer

lies with a hunger-striking

suffragette who was force fed

and held in solitary

confinement. But what really

happened between Hugh and

his prisoner patient?

A Petrol Scented Spring is a

riveting novel of repression,

jealousy and love, and the

struggle for women’s

emancipation. Longlisted for

the Walter Scott Prize for

Historical Fiction.


30th August 4th September


Flamenco Night


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£20 (including supper)

Lesley Thomson QC

Solicitor General for Scotland


The Invernairne

£8, Under 18’s £3

Lesley Thomson QC was

appointed Solicitor General for

Scotland in May 2011.

She graduated in Law in 1979

from Glasgow University and

commenced her career as a

lawyer in industry before

becoming a prosecutor in 1985.

During her career as a

prosecutor she was the

Procurator Fiscal for both

Glasgow and Edinburgh. She has

specialised in serious and

organised crime for many years

and in 2000 wrote a textbook on

proceeds of crime.

In 2013 she was the first woman

to be appointed to the Board of

the Scottish Rugby Union as a

non-executive Director.

Alan Barron Walk


Meet outside St Ninian's


£3, Under 18's £1.50

Proceeds go to Nairn Museum

Alan, accompanied by his dog

Rowan, will lead a fascinating

guided walk along Nairn's

historic High Street.

No booking required.

Bringing the warmth of Spain to

Nairn for one night only join

us for a celebration of sights,

sounds and tastes from

Andalucia and the surrounding

area. From the cante (singing),

toque (guitar playing) and

palmas (hand clapping) to the

strong music and passionate

dancing from ‘Alba Flamenca’,

we welcome you to an exciting

show of top quality Flamenco.

A light supper of paella and

tapas from La Tortilla Asesina

will be served with the

sounds of a Spanish guitar

to serenade you prior to the

show. Sangria and Cava will

be on sale at the bar. An

exciting night one not to

be missed!
















Enjoy a FREE fun day for the Kids

All Ages Welcome! 12pm to 3pm

3 rd Booster Cushion


Main Show: 1.30pm

The Three Pigs are fed up

with singing “Eee aye eee

aye oh!” every day and

bravely decide to move

away from Old McDonald’s

farm. Join the kind farmer

and all of their animal

friends in helping the

little pigs build homes

of their own, but beware,

the big bad Wolf is on the

prowl. A colourful and

fun interactive show, full

of props, pop ups and

audience participation!

Sherlock Junior 1924 (U)

Silent Movie with Andy May

on keyboard


The Little Theatre

£7, Under 18’s £2

Buster Keaton returns to Cinema

Nairn for this year's Book & Arts

Festival in another hilarious caper.

Andy May also returns with his

own improvised score, played on

his trusted keyboard. Anybody

that has been to Cinema Nairn's

previous Silent Movie experience

will know that this is a treat that

you just cannot afford to miss!

Children are very welcome

young and old!

Presented by Cinema Nairn

Revolution CT Bring your

bikes and helmets along to test

your skills and receive some

instruction on how to improve

your basic handling on the bike

and your cycling abilities.

Activities will be available on

the day for all age groups.

It’s Alive! Clockwork Automata

Nairn Museum 11am

The House of Automata and Nairn Museum present

a demonstration of rare clockwork automata

spanning 200 years of mechanical life. There will

be Archers that fire arrows, a Bear that actually

drinks and a magical Grotto of dancers, plus many

mechanical surprises. The show complements the

exhibition of Automata currently on display at the

Museum. Introduced by Michael and Maria Start.

Freevolution Parkour

Join Peave and learn the basics

of free-running negotiating

obstacles by running, jumping

and climbing. For more

experienced participants, come

along and join the display!


30th August 4th September

Join us in a meander around the trees and paths

surrounding the Putting Green area near Marine

Road, Nairn. Don’t forget your picnic……and enjoy

outdoor family fun, discovering something different

around each corner!*

John Glenday

Portrait Painting our popular

roving portrait artist William

Mather will again join us on Kids

Day find him outside James’s at

the Putting Green Café.

Outdoor Gym Let’s get

fit using the outdoor gym

equipment. Take your


with you for a fun fitness


The Natural World join Ranger

Saranne Bish for a fun and

interesting look at nature.


The Little Theatre | £8

John Glenday lives in the Scottish

Highlands. His first collection, The

Apple Ghost won a Scottish Arts

Council Book Award and his

second, Undark, was a Poetry Book

Society Recommendation. Grain

(Picador, 2009) was also a Poetry

Book Society Recommendation and

was shortlisted for both the Ted

Hughes Award and the Griffin

International Poetry Prize. His

fourth collection, The Golden

Mean, was published by Picador in

September 2015. He is currently

working on his fifth collection.

Sula Grigg Pottery Come by

The Wee Studio to make a fun

pinch pot. You can make it into a

plant pot, pen holder, cup or an

animal of your choice. Afterwards

you can choose to take it home

straight away or for a small extra

charge it can be glazed and fired

so your piece will last longer.

Bring your friends and family;

everyone is welcome (bring an

old top to work in).

Kids Day is supported by Nurturing Nairnshire

Highland Council (Nairn Ward)

Author, Cathel Hutchinson

Come into the storytelling tent

to listen to Cathel read in

Gaelic and English from his

new book, ‘Bite and Mackay Go

to Sea’. Follow the adventures

of two pups, Bite and MacKay,

on their first sailing adventure

with the MacNamara family.

It’s sure to be an exciting trip.

Elizabeth Fraser School of

Highland Dancing with a

view of the Moray Firth in front

of you, come along and learn

a few steps from the Highland

Fling and the Sword Dance!

*This event is weather permitting please check our website and facebook

page for alternative venues if the weather is inclement.

Sophia Walker


The Little Theatre | £8

BBC Slam Champion Sophia

Walker is an internationally

renowned poet and performer and

“just so energetic. Couldn’t your

poems be less...spirited?” (High

School English teacher). UK

representative for the World Slam

Championships 2015 and the

World Queer Slam Championships,

Sophia’s performed everywhere

from the UN to Holyrood to

Holloway Prison. Her debut

collection Opposite The Tourbus

was shortlisted for the reader’s

choice section of The Guardian’s

First Book Award, and her shows

have won Best Spoken Word Show

on the PBH Edinburgh.

Joint ticket available for £15

(tea/coffee for sale between events)














Wine & CRIME

Sponsored by The Nairn Bookshop

Nairn Community & Arts Centre | Adult £10 per Crime Author or all 3 sessions for £25

Lisa Ballantyne


Lisa Ballantyne was born in

Armadale, West Lothian, and

studied English Literature at

University of St Andrews. She

lived and worked in China for

many years and started writing

seriously while she was there.

Her debut novel, The Guilty

One, was translated into 29

languages, long-listed for the

International IMPAC Dublin

Literary Award and short-listed

for an Edgar Allan Poe Award.

The Guilty One was also the

Autumn 2012 Richard and Judy

Book-club Winner. Redemption

Road is her new novel. She

lives in Glasgow.

Professor James H K Grieve


After Pathology training in

Aberdeen, a commission in the

RAMC saw him spend time in

Washington and London, before

returning to Aberdeen as Senior

Lecturer in Forensic Medicine.

In that role he performed postmortem

investigations into

hundreds of sudden and

unexpected deaths. He continues

to give evidence in the criminal

courts and at Fatal Accident

Inquiries. Participating in crime

writing events is also a regular

pastime it is not a coincidence

that the pathologist in the Ann

Cleeves ‘Shetland’ series bears

his name!

Denise Mina


Critically acclaimed Glaswegian

crime writer Denise Mina is the

author of twelve novels,

including The End of the Wasp

Season and Gods and Beasts,

both of which won the

prestigious Theakstons Old

Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Award in consecutive years.

Denise also writes short stories

and in 2006 wrote her first play.

She is a regular contributor to

TV and radio.

‘Dirty Dusting’

by Nairn Drama Club

The Little Theatre 8pm


Warned in a letter from their

employers that they are about to

lose their jobs and subject to

threats and intimidation by

Dave, their supervisor, Elsie,

Olive and Gladys, prompted by

the wrong number, decide to

spend their last weekend at work

running an adult chat line from

their employer’s office.


30th August 4th September


4 th

Michael Smith


The Man and The Myths

Sandwich Lunch & Slideshow


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£10, Under 18’s £3

Brian Taylor


Nairn Community

& Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £3

Brian Taylor is BBC Scotland’s

Political Editor, covering politics

for all outlets, including network.

He joined the BBC in 1985 after

working for the written press,

including six years at Westminster.

In addition to news reporting,

Brian has compiled several

documentaries, and has

commentated on major events

such as the Royal Opening of the

Scottish Parliament.

Beyond broadcasting, Brian has

written two books on politics and

co-written several more. He has

lectured on politics and identity

across the world. Key events

include the John P Mackintosh

lecture at the University of

Edinburgh in 2011. Several

lectures have been published as a

contribution to academic debate.

He offers analysis of contemporary

politics through his regular column

on the BBC website.

With so many recent political

events such as the Independence

Referendum, the Holyrood

Elections and the European

Referendum, Brian’s perspective

on politics is not to be missed.

Sir Ernest Shackleton was among

history’s great explorers who

became a legend on four epic

voyages of discovery to the

Antarctic a century ago. Polar

historian Michael Smith

commemorates the centenary of

the famous Endurance expedition

by recalling the compelling story

of a complex and charismatic man

who touched greatness on the ice

but struggled to come to terms

with home life. Shackleton lived

life “like a mighty rushing wind”

but was happiest in the icy

wilderness where he could leave

behind his messy personal life.

Michael’s latest book (Shackleton

By Endurance We Conquer) is the

first biography of Shackleton for

30 years and was greeted with

widespread acclaim.

This event will be introduced by

local man Will Wordie, grandson of

Sir James Wordie who joined the

Shackleton’s expedition as Geologist

and Chief of scientific staff.

Sponsored by Nairn Literary Institute

Nairn Community

Ceilidh & Dance

7.30pm 11pm

Nairn Community & Arts Centre

£8, Under 18’s £4

We would like to share our final night of the Festival with you

in a Community Ceilidh & Dance, hosted by the ‘Legendary’

Sandy Brechin as MC. Joining him will be Charlie McKerron

and Brian Ó hEadhra and our Festival Band, Rachel

Campbell, John Ross and Graeme Mackay. Local Pipers

from The Highland Pipers Club and Highland Dancers from

the Elizabeth Fraser School of Dance will also perform.

A warm Highland welcome awaits you at the

finale of the Festival.



A joint event with














West Beach

Moray Firth






































Festival venues

1 Nairn Community & Arts Centre

2 The Little Theatre

3 The Court House

4 Nairn Library

5 Nairn Museum

6 The Invernairne

7 Seamen’s Victoria Hall

8 Brodie Castle

9 St Ninian’s Church

10 Nairn Harbour

11 Fort George

12 The Nairn Bookshop

13 Nairn United Reformed Church

14 The Links

15 Green Tree Studios

16 James’s at the Putting Green

and The Wee Studio

17 Nairn Town and

County Hospital


30th August 4th September

We have moved across the road to larger premises

with a wide range of new books, including local

interest, which caters for all ages and readers.

We offer an increased selection of cards, gift wrap,

postcards, notebooks, tea-towels and jigsaws

including three bespoke Nairn images.

Our friendly staff looks forward

to welcoming you to our shop.

94 High Street, Nairn.

T: 01667 455528


Opening Hours

Mon Sat

9.30am 5pm

Festival at a Glance

Daily Event


Bards at the Bookshop

Monday 29th



Kate Leiper Workshop


The Pen & I

Tuesday 30th



Bookbug Session


Alan Barron Walk


Simon Calder


James Ross

With thanks to our Sponsors

Wednesday 31st



Sula Grigg Studio


William Mather Workshop


Tez Watson


Graham Short


Tim Honnor


Helena Nelson


Jennifer M Henderson


Son et Lumière

Thank you to all listed below, without whom this

festival would not be possible.

Principal Funders


Thursday 1st



Anne Fraser


Sula Grigg Studio


Trevor Royle


Sula Grigg Studio


Cathel Hutchinson


Kirstin Innes


Black Isle Bronze Tour


Alan Bissett


Songs & Poems


Trevor Royle


The Musick Fyne Soloists


Julie Price


Art in Healthcare Exh.


The Cheery Groove





Friday 2nd



Claire MacKay


Roddy MacLean


Louise Scullion


Liz Davidson


Laird’s Wing Tour


Laird’s Wing Tour


Ajay Close


Lesley Thomson QC


Alan Barron Walk


Spanish Flamenco Night

Saturday 3rd



Emily Coulson Workshop


Sherlock Junior


Nairn Museum


Kids Day


John Glenday


Sophia Walker


Lisa Ballantyne


Professor J.H.K Grieve


Denise Mina


Nairn Drama Club


Nairn Literary Institute



Nairn Community &

Arts Centre

Sandown House

The Nairn Bookshop

Sunny Brae Hotel

Broadley Garden Centre

Inveran Lodge

Glebe End Guest House


The Invernairne

Nairn Academy English


Boath Stables

Westerlea Hotel


WooHa Brewery Company


Keith Laird Eyecare

Sunday 4th



Michael Smith


Brian Taylor


Ceilidh & Dance

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