The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival is preparing to return in September following the success of the inaugural event

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A Tain-based BOOK and arts festival has announced plans for its second year of events.

The St Duthac Book and Arts Festival, which held its first event last year, will take place from 22nd to 26th September with a varied and exciting programme.

The festival, which takes its name from the town’s patron saint – St Duthac – is said to be the first of its kind to take place in or around Tain.

Festival-goers are invited to attend events throughout the five-day festival, which feature authors, storytellers, musicians, poets and artists from across the region and beyond.

Venues across the Easter Ross Peninsula, such as castles, churches, hotels and village halls, will play host to award-winning local writers as well as exciting names from afar this year.

Family-friendly events are also planned, and there will be a welcome return of Tain’s hugely popular pop-up bookstore.

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The festival will showcase iconic local stories as part of celebrations of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

To bring some of the stories to life there will be walks and talks at several of the stunning and historically important locations where the stories take place.

Festival Chair Catherine Williams said: “The group have put together an impressive line-up to take part in this year’s festival. The program of events offers something for everyone and we are delighted to be part of the Museum and Galleries Year of Stories 2022.

“The group is delighted to once again be working with the Nigg Book Fair, which takes place on Saturday 24th September, and with the local schools, which authors will revisit to encourage and entertain students and staff.”

Marie Christie, Development Manager at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to support the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival through the Community Stories Fund of the Year of Stories 2022.

“Events play an important role in our communities as they provide our livelihoods and help celebrate and promote our unique places, spaces and stories.

“Themed Years are all about collaboration and Museums Galleries Scotland, National Lottery Heritage Fund and VisitScotland are delighted to be working together in setting up this fund to showcase the stories of the community.

“Supporting events taking place in our communities, including the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival, will provide new opportunities for locals and visitors to come together and learn about the diverse stories, past and present, that our communities share share. ”

The festival committee has secured funding from a number of entities to enable the festival to run, including the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund, the Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm Fund (through Edderton and Kilmuir and Logie Easter Community Councils), the Arnold Clark Community Fund, Balnagown Estates Ltd, North Highland Initiative and Global Energy Group.

Further details of the festival are expected to be released shortly.

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