The key event in the Literature programme is Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival.  This takes place in late October, early November, beyond the equinox on the cusp of winter and is themed each year.  These have included Second Sight, Belief, Pilgrimage & Journey and The Past is a Foreign Country.  Almost as much a festival of ideas as literature and supplemented by a bespoke film programme, Faclan has flourished and is among the annual highlights.  Among those attending over recent years have been Richard Dawkins, Jon Ronson, Jonathan Meades, Alan Johnson, Robert Macfarlane, Jenny Colgan, Dr Bernard Meehan, Jay Griffiths and Alistair Darling.  While Faclan represents an intense cluster, other events take place whether in the bar or the auditorium on an ongoing basis.  The Islands Book Trust are working partners and frequently present their new publications and invited authors here.

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We also host a variety of literature events throughout the year including book launches, author talks and poetry readings. Please keep up to date on our latest events through our newsletter.