The Festival

NessBookFest 2021

30th September – 2nd October 2021

One of the highlights in my yearly calendar”

– Annabella Rodgerson

NBF 2021 Programme Announcement!

The NessBookFest team is delighted to announce the return of Inverness’s unique book festival after cancellation in 2020. Running from Thursday 30th September until Saturday 2nd October, this year’s festival is a hybrid mix of online and live in-person events, and although scaled down due to current circumstances, is a quality range of sessions for all ages and interests. More detail and a downloadable copy of the Programme can be found on our NBF 2021 Programme page.


The inaugural NessBookFest took place in November 2016 and returned the following year with a taster day at Inverness Town House on 9th September, followed by the main festival in October 2017, with an extensive programme of performances by both local and visiting authors.

NessBookFest is organised and run by the community, for the community. As a matter of principle, our events are free to attend and held in accessible, central locations throughout the city, to encourage not only the regular book festival demographic to attend, but also to reach those who have never been to a book festival before. Our guest authors write in a wide range of genres for all age groups, collectively offering an appealing and diverse programme for audiences.

This festival, and our programme of year-round events, showcase the Inverness area as a creative centre, which produces a considerable amount of home-grown talent. We provide opportunities for local emerging authors to share a platform with well-established writers from further afield. Reflecting and celebrating the strong arts scene in Inverness and the Highlands, NessBookFest is of benefit to the whole community.

Our Aims are:

  • To run a no-barriers book festival in Inverness, being inclusive on all grounds such as: cost, social background, ability, age and ethnicity.
  • To develop and strengthen links with other organisations and community groups thus enabling an increase of event outputs and impact.
  • To hold pop-up events throughout the year, providing more opportunities for the community to participate, as well as more widely publicising and creating interest for our main Festival in October

NessBookFest gratefully acknowledges support and funding in 2021 from the following organisations:

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