Want to read more?
We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards
Kirsty Izat has been appointed the coordinator of this year’s Islay Book Festival, in a move she described as ‘an amazing opportunity’.
Portnahaven-based Kirsty, was chosen ahead of some strong competition for the new part-time post, and she will work closely with the festival com-mittee to deliver the event on August 29-September 1.
This year’s event will be headlined by top crime writer Ian Rankin, with cookery writer and novelist Sue Lawrence, Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve, and high profile his-torian Tom Devine also confirmed to attend.
Committee chairwoman Isla Rosser Owen said: ‘We’ve been run entirely by volunteers up to now, but the festival has grown to a point where we needed to bring someone on board as our organisational linch-pin. With our schools programme and events across Islay and Jura, the festival takes a lot of organising, so we were delighted to find someone local with the right combination of skills, contacts and enthusiasm.’
Kirsty is a legal studies graduate who worked as a paralegal on the mainland before coming home to Islay with husband Graham in 2012.
Kirsty said: ‘The last few years have been very child focused and I was looking for the right opportunity. When I saw the book festival advert I just thought, that’s perfect, it combines my organisational side, my creative side and my love of books. For something like this to come up on Islay is amazing.’
Last year’s Islay Book Festival was the biggest yet. The committee is currently looking for sponsors for this year’s event and on a longer term basis to make the festival sustainable. Anyone or any business interested, can get in touch with Kirsty on email@example.com
Individuals can support the festival through the Just Giving link on www.islaybookfestival.co.uk