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Colonsay Book Festival
25th & 26th April 2020


The people of Colonsay, like many communities large and small, have always shared a love of books and literature, joining in book groups and participating in fringe poetry sessions at the music festival. At a community meeting in June 2011, the idea of a book festival for the island was tentatively mooted, and ten months later, at the end of April 2012, we were welcoming our first six authors and an eager audience. 2019 marks our 8th Book Festival and we are thrilled to welcome such a great line up to Colonsay for what promises to be another great festival.

Meet this years Authors.


“This was a wonderful start to a literary festival that I am sure will become one of the most enjoyable festivals on offer. Everything worked so well and the atmosphere was extraordinarily friendly.”


The island of Colonsay, one of the most remote and most beautiful in the Southern Hebrides, is a 2 hours, 20 minutes sail from Oban, on the west coast of Scotland. South of Mull and west of Jura and Islay, the island is about 8 miles long and 2 wide. Famous for its golden beaches, such as Kiloran and Balnahard, it is home to a wealth of bird, animal and plant life, and has a fascinating history and archaeology. Whatever your interest – walking, swimming, fishing, golf, painting or photography – you will be able to enjoy it here.

Find travel and accommodation on the Visit Colonsay website.


“To say this is a

BRILLIANT festival
– simply the best –
is not to say too much…”


Our thanks to Jane Smith, our featured artist for the 2019 festival, for the use of her wonderful 'choughs' across all our festival communications.You can explore more of Jane’s work here.


If you have any questions please contact us and we will be delighted to assist. For press and publicity, or general enquiries please email us.


With grateful thanks to our supporters: Caledonian MacBrayne; Marine Harvest; the Colonsay Book Shop; Wild Island Spirits; RBIP; and The Colonsay Hotel

Colonsay Book Festival