JOHN O'GROATS
BOOK FESTIVAL

March - October 2022

This year the John O'Groats Book Festival is even more packed with great events and amazing authors. The Festival will run from March through to October with events taking part across the county.

 

Events will be updated regulalry so check back and see what is taking place.

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PROGRAMME 

13th March

2:30pm

Seaview Hotel, John O' Groats

Donald MacDonald

Life's Too Short for Ironing Shirts

This book by Caithness’ own Donald MacDonald has been phenomenally successful. Come and enjoy Donald’s often hilarious life story.

Entry by donation 

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22nd April

7:30pm

Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth

Neil M. Gunn in Words

Landscape inspired poetry and prose.

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22nd April

8:00pm

Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth

Landscape to Light

Taking inspiration from Neil Gunn’s description of landscape in his collection of essays of the same title. This musical for piano and string quartet with photographer/filmmaker, Minttu Maari Manytnen. 

Book with Lyth Arts Centre here

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5th June

Book Launch

Finn & Friends

Launch of a new John O’Groats book for young people featuring Finn and Friends stories and poems by Gail Brown, Charlotte Platt, Andrea Wotherspoon and Ian Leith.

2:30pm

Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats

18th June

2:30pm

Corporate Lodge, John O'Groats

James Miller

 The story of a Caithness family based on the Dunbar family papers.

Book with Lyth Arts Centre here

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19th June

11am & 2pm

Meet at The Brewery, John O'Groats

Story Walk

A Walk with Our Storytellers

Join us for a walk from the John O’Groats signpost to the John O’Groats Mill with stories along the way.

Booking essential - book here

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10th September

2:30pm

Corporate Lodge, John O'Groats

Alastair Mitchell 

For some 40 years I was an orchestral musician, playing the bassoon in the world of period performance. I have been able to amass a fair number of items relating to the far north of Scotland, an area that I have been visiting since our family discovered it in the 1960s. My parents retired to Talmine in the early 1980s. It is out of this love of the area, and also my interest in what I have collected, that has inspired me to write The Immeasurable Wilds: Travellers to the Far North of Scotland.

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Liz Shaw

 I write historical novels with a Highland flavour. My mother was born and bred on Skye. Although I was brought up in England I spent all my summer holidays  with my grandparents on the island where I became immersed in the music, history and landscape of the island. My love of Skye has inspired  my writing. I aim to combine storytelling with a strong sense of place.

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28th - 30th October

John O'Groats

Book Festival Weekend

A Book Festival Weekend with Margaret Bennett and Barbara Henderson with more authors to be confirmed.

View event poster here

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