Tidelines Book Festival Official Announcement

Tidelines Book Festival is sad to announce that we have made the decision to cancel this year’s festival, due to be held 25th-27th September.

We have been following developments closely, hoping there might be a way we could still offer something in the way of live events, even if not the full festival. However, recent information from the Scottish Government and from our funders has made it clear that mass gatherings in small enclosed spaces are going to be problematic for the remainder of this year. We have a responsibility to our audiences and our community to keep everyone safe, so we have been left with no option but to cancel.

We’re very sad not to be bringing live literature to North Ayrshire this year and will really miss the buzz of the Tidelines weekend, especially the extra special magic that our enthusiastic audiences bring (which our visiting authors always comment on, and which makes every minute of our planning worthwhile). We’re also aware that many of our writers depend on book festivals as part of their fragile income. Our decision to cancel has not been taken lightly.

However, we had such a fantastic programme lined up for 2020 that we are now exploring ways of presenting at least a small taste of that programme in a virtual format. Further information on what shape this might take will follow at a later date. We have also been able to postpone rather than cancel our schools programme and intend to reschedule this in due course. We’re extremely grateful to the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature fund for enabling this and for the donations made through our ‘chuck it in the bucket’ collections, which will support our work in schools.

We also want to say that we feel very lucky to live in a country where live literature is so celebrated, and we are all looking forward to the time when we can actively participate in our vibrant Scottish book festival world again. Until then we hope you all stay safe and well.

The Tidelines Team

The Tidelines Board Christmas Lunch


Tidelines Book Festival

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