We are aware some things might not have been going as smoothly as usual – but these are very different times so there have been unforeseen things cropping up. The updated version of the programme on here (and thanks to the patience of Duncan, our designer, for re-doing it – yet again) reflects the unavoidable cancellation of the Rhoda Meek session. We are also very grateful to Martin who does all of our website stuff for once more having to make changes/additions on here.

If you’re coming to the festival here are some things to note so please read on –

Silent Time There is no replacement event for the cancelled Saturday afternoon session at 3.30pm. Instead there will be a Silent Reading time. That means that the village hall will be open for any audience member to get a coffee and cake from our tea tent, come in, find a space to sit and read or do a crossword or just enjoy the quiet. (There are tables and chairs in the tea tent if you just want to sit and chat over your tea and cakes). The Silent Time will be open until 5pm.

Covid We want you all to feel safe at the festival. This is why there will be fewer seats available than usual.  All of us and our volunteers are fully vaccinated and will be doing lateral flow tests and will be masked.  We ask that you all wear a mask (unless you are medically exempt) when moving round the hall. You may also feel more comfortable wearing it throughout. We will be sanitising doors and hard surfaces between sessions.

Ventilation Windows and doors will be opened to allow for a flow of air. So please layer up with warm clothing or even bring a wee blanket. It’s May in the Highlands so the weather could be wild – or the sun could be splitting the trees…

Eating out Please be aware there are now fewer places to eat in Ullapool. If you want to sit in for a meal we would advise that you make a booking several days in advance. There are some takeaway places – but get there early in the queue!

Tickets Online and phone tickets close on Thursday 5 May at 8pm. If there are tickets still available for any of the sessions they will be on sale at the wee festival tent outside the village hall from 9am on the Friday of the festival. We can’t guarantee there will be any and they cannot be reserved beforehand.

Please note Ullapool Book Festival is run solely by volunteers. So please be kind to us – it had been a tough few years for all of us and for all of you.

The UBF team