The Skye Book Festival has gained a reputation as a "warm and welcoming book festival."
Held amid Skye's spectacular scenery, the festival marries landscape with literature and the result is summed up by bilingual poet and novelist Angus Peter Campbell who proclaimed: “Skye and books – what more could you ask for?”
The festival has enjoyed a successful sixth year, with crime writer, Ian Rankin, entertaining the audience with tales of Rebus.
Managing Director of host organisation The Aros Centre, Donald MacDonald, says that the growing range of sponsors this year is proof that well-organised and supported events can bring valuable endorsements. “Creative Scotland has been very supportive from the beginning and we have been very encouraged by the support of local backers for the Festival,” he said.
Mr MacDonald added that he felt that the balance of poetry and press in both Gaelic and English was one of the real strengths of the Festival.
Donald MacDonald said that the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Skye economy leaders such as Dunvegan Castle and Talisker, who gave financial support, were critical in enabling the Festival to attract top authors.
Adding to the range of new books available each year, Skye also attracts the patronage of the PBFA Antiquarian Book Fair, whose members’ stalls of rare and valuable books for sale, have been a highlight since the first Skye Book Festival in 2011.
Another exceptional feature is a Poetry Walk for which its initiator and organiser, retired Highland Council librarian, Davie McClymont, hails the Festival as: “The only book Festival in Scotland that has a designated Poetry Walk as a permanent feature.” Like a number of the other events, this year’s poetry Walk in Portree Cemetery was a sell-out.
The 2018 Skye Book Festival will be held from 6-8 September 2018 and internationally-known authors are already showing interest in attending.