Tidelines is North Ayrshire’s only independent book festival and we held our first events in 2013.
In 2014 Tidelines became a registered charity SC045075. We aim to cater for all age groups and many different interests, including fiction and non-fiction. In parallel with the festival we run a dedicated schools programme, bringing authors and their books to children and young people. In 2014 we held 32 public events, and brought 9 authors into schools.
Each festival is planned and organised by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.
We aim to grow the festival through appealing to a wide range of reading tastes, and to attract visitors to the splendid Firth of Clyde.
The Tidelines Board are all volunteers. It includes a BBC broadcaster, authors, members of readers’ groups, the community council and the Museums Forum, a trustee of Publishing Scotland, a trustee of the Scottish Association of Writers, Strident Publishing and volunteer officers from North Ayrshire Council’s Information and Culture Department and East Renfrewshire Libraries. Team members have a wealth of experience in running a wide range of literature and arts events, including North Ayrshire’s annual Readers’ Day, numerous school activities, the Weekend of Words writing festival, storytelling festivals, and arts festivals and events.
The Tidelines Board meet throughout the year to plan our next festival. We also have a team of volunteers who help out at each event.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at events: