Countdown to Ullapool Book Festival

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Raja Shehadeh, Palestinian lawyer, writer, political activist and winner of the Orwell Prize. photo Mariana Cook


One of the biggest cultural events in the Highlands and Islands, the Ullapool Book Festival, starts this coming Friday 6th May and finishes at lunchtime on Sunday.

During that time there will be 18 events, none of which overlap, allowing booklovers to attend every session if they so wish. Sessions range from fiction of various genres from Scottish, Canadian and Irish authors with a Gaelic fiction event using simultaneous translation, to non-fiction with diverse subjects such as the Clearances, travel, the Middle East and poetry.

The writers include Janice Galloway, Bernard MacLaverty, Malachy Tallack, Kevin MacNeil, Doug Johnstone, Helen Fitzgerald, Tom Pow and Jim Carruth. Two award-winning Canadian authors are guests of the festival – Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore.

Tickets are still available for most events but some are sold out – James Hunter, Kin and the Community, Norman Maclean and the one with Raja Shehadeh, Penny Johnson and Avi Shlaim.

The festival is held in Ullapool Village Hall, an appropriate setting as it was the village school until the late 1920s and it later housed the library for a while.

All information is on the festival website