Ness Book Fest 2020


“One of the highlights in my yearly calendar”

– Annabella Rodgerson

About Ness Bookfest

The first NessBookFest took place in November 2016 and returned in 2017 with a taster day at Inverness Town House on 9th September, followed by the main 2017 NessBookFest which took place over the 5th to 8th October, with an extensive programme of performances by both local and visiting authors.

NessBookFest is arranged 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 typical 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 a widely appealing programme for audiences. This festival itself and smaller events showcase the Inverness area as a creative centre, which produces a considerable amount of home-grown talent, and we provide an opportunity 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:

Upcoming Events

Get involved

Like any charitable organisation, we rely on support from our community. Whether you have some time you could donate, some cash you’d like to use to support NBF or if you have a particular skill set that we could benefit from, we’d love to hear from you today.

Ways to get involved

NessBookFest have co-ordinated events running throughout the year which are FREE for our attendees! In order to make this happen, we need support from people like you. There are lots of ways in which you could help and we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to volunteer.

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Thank you for your interest in donating to NessBookFest. At present, we can only accept donations by cheque, bank transfer or cash. We would be very grateful if you’d make contact by email to to arrange your contribution. Thank you again! The Team at NBF

Apply For a pitch

*Our window for 2019 has now closed but we would still love to hear from you if you're interested in future opportunities.