UBF The Sequel


We have reduced our ticket price for all the events on Saturday 22 June

The price per event will now be £9. Anyone who has bought at the previous price will have received an email about a refund of the price difference. 

Ullapool Book Festival is delighted to announce the first of our Sequel events, to be held on Saturday 22 June 2024, in The Ceilidh Place Venue. The first session of each day will start at 10.30am and the final one will finish around 5pm.

The guest writers for this first event will be –


David Greig is a Scottish playwright whose plays have been performed widely in Scotland and around the world. These include Midsummer, The Events, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Local Hero, and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. He is currently the Artistic Director at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre. Columba’s Bones is his first book. It has been long-listed for this year’s Highland Book Prize.


William Letford published his first collection of poetry while working as a roofer. Since then, his work has been adapted into film, projected onto buildings, carved into monuments, adapted for the stage, written onto skin, cast out over the radio, and performed by orchestras. He has helped restore a medieval village in the mountains of Northern Italy, taught English in Japan, and been invited to perform in Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Australia, Germany, India, Poland, and many more countries.  William’s website


Eleanor Thom lives in Edinburgh. Recurring themes in her work are place, social history, memory and family life. Her first novel, The Tin-Kin, won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and was featured on BBC TV The Culture Show. In 2023 she was named one of Jewish Literary Foundation’s Genesis Emerging Writers 23/24. Eleanor’s research on her grandmother while writing Connective Tissue,her second novel,was presented to the Bundestag in 2022 during proceedings to change Germany’s citizenship laws. As a result, along with her mother and her children, Eleanor was granted dual German citizenship on grounds of restitution. Eleanor’s website


Ruth Wishart is a journalist with a very impressive CV. She is currently a columnist with Sunday National and Helensburgh Advertiser. She was formerly assistant editor at several national newspapers.  Her outside interests are too many to mention here but to name a few – she was the launch chair of the Dewar Arts Awards, a former chair of Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, a former board member of National Galleries Scotland and of Creative Scotland. She is currently Events Director of Cove Burgh Hall and Book Festival programmer. She has been chairing events at UBF since the very early days so we thought it was time to turn the tables and bring here to The Sequel to talk about her many years as a journalist.

Chairing the sessions will be –


Chris Dolan is Ullapool Book Festival’s honorary president. He is an acclaimed writer, poet and playwright from Glasgow


Mark Wringe has been chairing at Ullapool Book Festival since its second year. He is a senior lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and was the presenter on the former book review show on Radio nan Gàidheal, Leugh an Leabhar.