Like so many other events and festivals our 16th festival due, on 8-10 May, has been cancelled. So we thought we would bring a two hour taster of what might have been and on Saturday 9 May at 7.30pm Words from the West will be ‘live’ on our Facebook page (Ullapool Book Festival).
Chris Dolan’s new book ‘Everything Passes, Everything Remains – Freewheeling through Spain, Song and Memory’ is a kind of travelogue of 45 years’ obsession with Spain, pedalling through some less well known parts of that country. Chris will be in conversation with Moira Leven from their home in Glasgow.
Kerry Hudson’s latest book and memoir Lowborn was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and Guardian and Independent Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Lowborn takes her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today. She will be speaking from Prague to the journalist Ruth Wishart in Scotland.
Donald S Murray’s novel As the Women Lay Dreaming, inspired by the effects of the Iolaire disaster of 1st January 1919, was the subject of a documentary on BBC Alba and featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. On Hogmanay 1918 many waited at Stornoway harbour to bring their men home from serving in WW1. They had boarded the MV Sheila eager to get home. 202 men and crew did not make it when the overcrowded yacht hit rocks known as The Beasts of Holm, within sight of the harbour. He will be speaking from his home in Shetland to Mark Wringe, presenter of BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s book programme, in Skye.
You will hear three new poems read by their writers – George Gunn, Jim Carruth and Donald S Murray.
We will also be joined, via tracks from their album Waves Rise over Quiet Water, by two of Scotland’s finest young traditional musicians Joseph Peach (Achiltibuie) and Charlie Grey (Fort Augustus).
We are so grateful to all the writers and musicians taking part in this piece of Ullapool Book Festival. And special thanks to Martin Gilligan for all things technical!