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Nairn Book and Arts festival organisers already looking ahead to 2022 to make event even better after puppet success

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WHILE the dust is still settling on this year’s Nairn Book and Arts Festival organisers are already seeking views on how to make next year’s even better.

In an appeal for ideas festival chairman Alex Williamson said the arrival of a giant puppet in the town had been a real highlight of the 2021 outing.

“Storm was undoubtedly a huge hit this year – and seeing over 2000 people surrounding a 10m tall puppet on Nairn Links will take some topping,” he said.

“We would love to do more of these events in the future. So we would like to hear your thoughts on how we can make next year’s programme more exciting and engaging.

“Next year will be Scotland’s Year of Stories – so what stories would you like us to tell at the next festival?”

As Covid restrictions eased this year he added that it had been a real delight to be able to return with a full festival programme this year.

“Without the help of our funders, sponsors and partners – and our amazing volunteers – it could not have happened,” he said.

“We also hosted a wide range of amazing authors, artists, musicians, puppeteers and performers, many from the Scottish Highlands. But it was our engagement with the local community that really stood out.

“And by partnering with local schools, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Women in the Highlands group on a number of creative projects, we were able to broaden our impact.”

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