Highlights include poetry walks, ceilidhs and children's theatre events.
October 5 to 14. www.cowalfest.org
l Brass Jaw tenor saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson are touring their nine-piece band to mark the launch of new album New Focus. Arising from the pair's enthusiastically received collaboration on scaled-down arrangements of Stan Getz's legendary Focus album for Edinburgh Jazz Festival in 2011, Wiszniewski and Stevenson have put together a set of original music and will take the group formed for the Edinburgh concert and including bassist Michael Janisch, drummer Alyn Cosker, the Glasgow String Quartet and harpist Alina Bzhezhinska on tour. They are at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, on October 26; Glasgow Art Club, October 27; Pizza Express, London, November 13; the Institute, New Lanark, November 24; and the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, November 29.