Be part of the centuries-long tradition of bookbinding on Iona

We know books have been made on Iona at least as long ago as the 9th Century when the Book of Kells was created, and likely long before that. Now you can try the craft yourself while you’re visiting the island.

I run weekly beginner sessions throughout the main season and day or weekend intermediate classes throughout the year (more on both of those below). These are held in the newly built Iona Village Hall – a beautiful space to work in, and centrally located just a couple minutes walk from the pier.

I am also happy to run dedicated workshops for groups and led retreats, or individual and small group tuition for those wanting to learn something specific. These requested sessions can be brought to wherever you’re staying on Iona or Mull, held in the Iona Village Hall, or in my bindery for one-on-one teaching. Just get in touch using the contact form below to make arrangements or for more information.

Beginner sessions

Never tried bookbinding? Gie it a bash

During the main season I offer scheduled afternoon sessions in beginner’s bookbinding. It’s a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours with a few other interested individuals as I walk you through the steps to creating your very own book. They are usually held on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 14.00 and lasting for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Each participant will leave the session with at least one book that they have created themselves – and hopefully a greater appreciation for the craft of bookbinding, and maybe even the start of a new hobby / obsession.

No experience necessary, all tools and materials are provided. I change the content of these workshops every year, so if you’ve come before feel free to join in again and learn a new technique. 

Each session is a standalone event, perfect if you’re just on the island for a few days and want a unique handmade memento of your time on Iona.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each person can be given individual attention.

Please note these workshops are not suitable for children.

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Workshop space on Iona for bookbinding classes

Advanced beginner and intermediate sessions

Made a few books and hungry for more?

For those that are a bit more experienced in bookbinding I also offer advanced beginner and intermediate workshops. These are full day workshops, also held in the lovely Iona Village Hall, with lunch provided. If you’re unsure about your skill level for one of these workshops don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Refund policy

Cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made within 3 to 13 days of the event will incur a 50% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the event are non-refundable. When you register for a class, you agree to these terms.

In the unlikely event that I need to cancel a workshop, as much notice as possible will be given and you will be refunded in full.

COVID

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, if you have been asked to self-isolate, or if you are feeling generally unwell, please do not attend the workshop you have booked. Please also contact me with as much notice as possible so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Visiting Iona

Not sure how to get here, or where to stay?

The Community Council have a very helpful website (welcometoiona.com) with directions and links for travel, as well as listings for many of the accommodation options, shops, and other amenities.

Iona is a small but busy little island. There’s plenty of places to choose from but it’s best to book well in advance!