Acair Books are hosting a festival of books and writing - ‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Publishing’ on Wednesday 24th May from 1:30pm to 9:30pm in An Lanntair, Stornoway.

The aim of this festival is to showcase Acair’s publishing programme over the last 40 years and to celebrate the writer’s craft. There will be a full day of free literary events, starting with the opening presentation from Tiree writer Donald Meek.

Then, at 2:30pm, there will be a Creative Writing Workshop with Iain F. MacLeod, and at 3:45pm a discussion on Scottish publishing with the CEO of Publishing Scotland, Marion Sinclair. 

At 4:15pm there will be a conversation with writer Finlay MacLeod and illustrator Andrew McMorrine on the making of illustrated children’s books. MacLeod and McMorrine worked together on the first ever children’s book from Acair, ‘Rònan agus Brianuilt’ back in 1977.  

Some events are in Gaelic and they will be simultaneously translated into English, so all should feel welcome to join us.

At 4:45pm the spotlight will shift to the launch of Iain D. Urquhart’s first publication, ‘Breab, Breab, Breab’, as part of Acair’s Aiteal series. 

An evening event titled  ‘Bàrd Baile – Am Bàrd anns a’ Choimhearsnachd’ kicks off at 7:30pm, and promises to be a fantastic night, with poets and singers celebrating the rich history of Gaelic song in the community. Guests include Donald Meek from Tiree who captures local and national events in verse, Donald W. Morrison (Ryno) from Ness in Lewis shares the songs of his late uncle Jellicoe, and Norman MacLeod (Tarmod Stufain) will share some of his verse.

There will also be an exhibition celebrating Acair’s achievements over the past 40 years, which details how the company have championed and shaped Gaelic reading and writing and created a vehicle for general interest English language publications. 

All events are free and members of the public are welcome to attend throughout the day or choose to attend in the afternoon or evening. 

Please contact Acair directly for more information.