The sixteenth Ullapool Book Festival is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus. It was to have been staged in the Wester Ross village in Scotland between 8th-10th May, 2020.
In light of the growing COVID-19 epidemic the decision to shut it down amid growing concern throughout Scotland with the first coronavirus case being reported over the weekend.
In a statement the organisers said:
“with sore hearts” it had decided that “in light of the spread of coronavirus to take the very hard decision to cancel the festival”.
Joan Michael, festival chairwoman, said: “We are devastated at having to do this but the safety of our writers, musicians and chairs, the audience members, UBF volunteers and indeed our community really has to take precedence. But we will be back in 2021 – our 16th festival has just been postponed for a year.”
The festival’s honorary president, author, poet and playwright Chris Dolan added “We will miss it badly – we’ve been looking forward to May 8 for months. But these are strange days and the committee has taken a considered and timely decision. In the meantime I only hope that all our UBF friends stay safe and that this upsetting time will eventually come to a close. We’ll get through it by buying and reading all the excellent books by the UBF 2020 writers!”