Acair’s literature festival, ‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Publishing’, happens this Wednesday in An Lanntair!

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.

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.