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PICTURES: Nairn Book and Arts Festival 'Close to Nature's Heart' has a very successful first weekend and is looking forward to welcoming 10-metre tall STORM this weekend


By Louise Glen

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- The Penguin's Tuxedo leading the high street parade. Picture: Marc Marnie
- The Penguin's Tuxedo leading the high street parade. Picture: Marc Marnie

Nairn Book and Arts Festival has got off to a flying start.

With a Beach of Dreams, a High Street Takeover, marching Penguins and a specially organised coastal conservation walk, "you name it" it is happening in Nairn this week.

With the rest of the week for the festival to run, there are tickets still available for a number of events.

Scots poet Hamish MacDonald performing. Picture: Marc Marnie
Scots poet Hamish MacDonald performing. Picture: Marc Marnie

Festival chairman Alexander Williamson, who leads the organising committee, said: "What a fantastic opening festival weekend.

"It was wonderful to see so many people out for our High Street Takeover on Saturday - particularly with other events going around town - and especially brilliant to see so many of Nairn's young people showcasing their talents and getting creative. "

Finicky Fingers performing on Castle Square.
Finicky Fingers performing on Castle Square.

He continued: "We've had such positive feedback for Kinetika's Beach of Dreams flag installation on Nairn East Beach on Sunday.

"And our coastal conservation walk with Nairn Dunbar Golf Links and the RSPB on the same day was a really lovely event.

"So a great start to festival week, with much more to come.

Shannon O'Carroll stencilling Nairn High Street
Shannon O'Carroll stencilling Nairn High Street

"Be it author talks, live music, creative workshops, puppetry and writing workshops in local schools. You name it, it's happening in Nairn this week.

"We have a handful of tickets left for our live events at Nairn Community and Arts Centre, which we are running at a limited capacity to keep people safe."

A silk batik workshop took place for an arts instalation on Nairn beach.
A silk batik workshop took place for an arts instalation on Nairn beach.

"And not forgetting our online author talks on Saturday and our festival finale on Sunday, with a very special visit from 10 metre tall puppet STORM. Can't wait for that one!

"So check out our website and book your tickets today."

A parade of young people who went on parade to welcome the start of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.
A parade of young people who went on parade to welcome the start of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.

For more visit, nairnfestival.co.uk

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