EARLY BIRD WEEKEND TICKETS for 2020 SELL OUT WITHIN HOURS
To the astonishment of the Ullapool Book Festival team the weekend tickets sold out on the first day. Within 16 hours they sold more weekend tickets than they have previously sold in a month.
Book Festival chair Joan Michael said “This is quite unprecedented. We were stunned to see the tickets disappear both online and by post in such a short time. What is even more heartening is that all these people have bought the early birds without knowing who our writers will be. It shows that after 15 years we are being trusted to produce a great programme.”
But those who missed out need not fret. Tickets for all the individual sessions will go on sale towards the end of March when the full programme will be announced. In anticipation of that the festival will announce their guest list in early January.
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We are winding down now three weeks after the end of UBF 2019 - just paperwork for funders to finish...
The winner of the pair of weekend tickets has been notified and needless to say, there was great delight.
Thank you to all who came and became part of UBF. It was a pleasure to welcome you, especially if you were a first-timer. It was a treat to see so many familiar faces back with us.
A breather now for us for a few weeks then it all starts again. But we love doing what we do so it’s no hardship.
But before 2020 UBF some of us will be going to our Scottish twin’s festival in November - the wonderful Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival held in Cove Burgh Hall on the Roseneath Peninsula. A gorgeous setting with great writers, friendly volunteers - and the soups and cakes are more than not bad! The dates are Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. It would be lovely to see some of you there.
And don’t forget to get your Ullapool accommodation booked for 2020 - festival dates are 8-10 May.
Have a lovely summer!
Ullapool Book Festival Team
ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL UPDATE
VOLKER KUTSCHER CANCELLEDUnfortunately 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!
REPLACEMENT OPENING SESSIONWe 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.
BUYING TICKETS FROM THE WEBSITE
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.