Ullapool Book Festival 2016
WELCOME TO ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL 2016
I sometimes think that clocks tick louder in writers’ homes, reminding us of
poems unwritten, stories untold, half-finished novels. The knowledge that we
should be working adds an edge to moments when we escape our desks. You should
be writing, should be writing, should be writing . . . whispers a small voice in
our head. Writers can be difficult people to pin down, keener to re-enter worlds
of our own making than to answer telephone calls or reply to emails. But there
are certain occasions that draw novelists and poets out of their lairs, blinking
into the daylight. Ullapool Book Festival is top of my list.
Literary festivals abound across Britain and beyond, but Ullapool is unique
in its combination of local and international. The quality of the writers
involved is clear from a glance at the programme. Ullapool’s reputation extends
to Canada; a country the festival has developed a relationship with over more
than a decade. This year Lynn Coady and Lisa Moore join the distinguished list
of Canadian authors who have appeared at Ullapool. Authors Fiona Rintoul and
Merryn Glover are visiting the festival for the first time. Bernard MacLaverty
and Kevin MacNeil are already favourites of the Ullapool audience. Janice
Galloway, one of the first authors to appear at the festival is back, with her
new book of short stories.
Ullapool offers a superb combination of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Raja
Shehadeh, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Political Writing, will share a
stage with Professor Avi Shlaim and Penny Johnson.
So what draws these writers here? The incomparable countryside, warm welcome
and superb food (including an impressive array of tray bakes) undoubtedly play a
part. But the draw is more than that – remember writers are not easily extracted
from their pages. Ullapool Book Festival offers the opportunity for a high
level, continuing conversation between writers of different backgrounds and
genres and an intelligent, involved audience. It’s the lively discussions that
pull me back to Ullapool and which I will miss most this year when I am in New
Zealand on a Scottish Writers’ Fellowship.
I will be following the festival via social media from afar and feeling
jealous of Chris Dolan who will be doing a superb job as honorary president in
my stead. I will be writing but a small voice in my head will be whispering
you’re missing Ullapool, missing Ullapool, missing Ullapool...
Silence the voice in your head. Give yourself a treat and join in the
conversations at Ullapool Book Festival 2016!
Louise Welsh, Honorary President
The 2016 Program
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Festival 2016 timetable and tickets
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