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PICTURES: Crowds flock to Nairn for 'best ever' edition of book and arts festival

By Federica Stefani

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It was a week packed with creativity, inspiring talks and live music for book-lovers of all ages as Nairn Book & Arts Festival was back in town, marking its 20th anniversary.

From author talks to exhibitions and workshops, the festival saw one of its “best ever” outings according to organisers. Festival chairman Sean Lusk said: “We had big audiences, with many sell-out events. The sun shone and the enthusiasm from those attending was matched by our speakers and performers.

“Highlights included Kathleen Jamie’s event with writer-in-residence Anita Sethi, a joyous Ceilidh with Malin Makes Music, laughter and surprises at our Wine and Crime afternoon, a sell-out audience for comedian Fred Macaulay and, at the Little Theatre, the show ‘The Fastest Town in Scotland.’

The book and arts parade. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The book and arts parade. Picture: James Mackenzie.

“Our finale day saw a wonderful parade celebrating migrating birds with flags and costumes made by local people, Highland Brass at the bandstand on the Links and music all afternoon at James’s café.

“A huge thank you goes to our many volunteers, and to our brilliant festival co-ordinators Tanera Bryden and Emily Singh who worked so hard all year to make this magic happen."

He added: "The engagement both in person and online this year has been so heartening. If you have ideas for future events, the NairnFest team would love to hear from you: please do get in touch on info@nairnfestival.co.uk."

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