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What To Expect

There is so much to look forward to when you come to Ullapool for the annual Book Festival in May. It is springtime in the Highlands and the blossom is out. The festival runs from Friday to Sunday in the Village Hall and all events follow consecutively so no need for difficult decisions. As well as writers and their books there is a ceilidh dance and delicious cakes in the refreshment tent. We look forward to seeing you in 2019...

Book Festival Dates 10-12 May 2019
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a little about Our History

The first Ullapool Book Festival was held in May 2005. Our aim has always been to have an annual festival that attracts the writers that we and the audience want to hear and to celebrate. It has developed into an event that brings people from all over and, as our honorary president Chris Dolan said in his introduction to the 2018 festival programme, “This is a time for books and reflection and dialogue, for considering who we are and looking out into the wider world.”

Ullapool Book Festival
33 Seaforth Road,
IV26 2UY


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Unfortunately Volker is unable to join us from Germany due to illness. We wish him a good recovery. Refunds will be given to those who had booked tickets. If you bought a ticket from either bookshop please take it there for a refund. If you bought through PayPal we will refund you through that. Please allow a couple of days for this to happen as it is a laborious process going through every purchase made to see who has bought a Volker ticket!


We are delighted to announce that Raja Shehadeh will be our new opening author – 0n Friday 10 May at 10am in Ullapool Village Hall. We are so grateful to him for agreeing to step in at such short notice. Raja is a great friend of the festival and has appeared at UBF before.  Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian writer and lawyer and is a founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq. He is author of several books including Occupation Diaries, Travels with My Ottoman Uncle and Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape for which he was awarded the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2008.

Tickets will be on sale after 3pm tomorrow afternoon at both bookshops in Ullapool (blank tickets have to handwritten tomorrow morning!). These are in-person only sales so please don't phone them asking for them to be put aside. Arrangements for buying tickets from away will be posted tomorrow.


Any ticket bought from the website from now until they go off website sale on Thursday will be held for collection from the wee ticket tent outside the village hall that opens at 9am on Friday morning. It’s not that we don’t trust the postal service to get them to you on time.


Melanie Reid; Sally Magnusson; Michael Pedersen, Hollie McNish and Withered Hand.

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