Ullapool Book Festival, an intimate and welcoming literary festival gathering in a pleasant highland town on the shores of Loch Broom.
Nice balanced programme with readings, talks, workshops. Generally a good line-up held at a lovely time of year. Ullapool is a great base to explore a stunningly gorgeous region.
When? 8th to 10th May, 2020
Where? Ullapool, Ross-shire, Scotland. Shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands of Scotland
Who? 2020 TBA
Festival website: www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk/
ACCOMMODATION: For places to stay in Ullapool and for other information on the area, visit the website of Ullapool Tourism and Business Association: www.ullapool.com
Past Festivals? James Robertson, Ian Rankin, Meaghan Delahunt, Jenni Fagan, Kathleen Jamie, Ewan Morrison, Raja Shehadeh , Jackie Kay, A L Kennedy, Aonghas Macneacail, Alan Bissett, Alice Thompson , Alison Miller, Bernard MacLaverty, Andro Linklater, Margaret Bennett, Gerda Stevenson, Angus Peter Campbell, Derrick McClure, Nancy Nicolson, Doug Johnstone, James Graham. Andrew Grieg, Anne Donavan, Ian Finley Macleod, Stewart Conn, Iain Banks, Kevin McNeil, Mandy Henderson, Jess Smith, Alan Biseett, John Burnside, Maoilios Caimbeul, Nora Chassler, Robert Alan Jamieson, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Kelly, Christine De Luca, Linden MacIntyre, Peter Mackay, Don Paterson & more
Ullapool – The Book Festival that Makes a Difference
The opposite of a book festival
is not a book-burning,
it is indifference. Let them hear
us sing the difference. Love’s words
are louder, brighter than flames. Listen
I have watched Love’s sweat-earned words
plunge readers’ hands into
soft sweatpalmed lyrical hugs,
become part of an always us.
I have seen words introduce someone
to Love. Love is a work of art.
Novel. Novella. Epic. Poem. Story.
Love is an inveterate writer of letters,
emails and txts. I love Love, whose hair
is cut like a haiku, whose mind is epic
as a novel, whose hands are bright and
restless as a bookmark. I love Love.
Love is an us, Love shows us
life is an us. Listen, may this always
be the festival that loves
to make a difference. This festival
reminds us we belong with Love’s words
which, like village halls and ceilidh
places, are physical and inwardly
permanent parts of an us. Let us give
thanks to that which brought us to an us,
let us never forget that the opposite
of a book festival is not a book-burning,
it is indifference. Let us make a difference.