WITH a delightful programme that offers a chance to hear from emerging young authors to award-winning and best selling writers and poets, the Ullapool Book Festival 2013 has something for every literary lover – and tickets for the May festival are now on sale.
Running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May, the Ullapool Book Festival presents Jenni Fagan, whose debut novel ‘Panopticon’ last year won great critical acclaim and plaudits from such as Ali Smith who said: “I think it’s one of the most cunning and spirited novels I’ve read for years.” Other debut authors appearing are Saltire First Book of the Year 2013 nominated Wayne Price (for short story collection ‘Furnace’); and Allan Wilson, whose short story collection ‘Wasted in Love’ was shortlisted for The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award last year.
Add well-known authors such as Ian Rankin, James Robertson, Zoe Strachan and Ewan Morrison; along with poet Kathleen Jamie who has just won the Costa Prize for Poetry, and that gives you just a sample of the writers living and writing in Scotland who will be appearing at this year’s festival.
Ullapool Book Festival’s overseas authors for 2013 are Raja Shehadeh from Palestine and Wayne Johnston from Canada.
Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer and writer living in Ramallah whose latest book is ‘Occupation Diaries’; and his previous book, ‘Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape’, won the Orwell Prize in 2008.
Wayne Johnston was born and raised in Newfoundland in a family of Scots/Irish ancestry and he now lives in Toronto. His novels are national bestsellers in Canada and he will talk about his current novel ‘A World Elsewhere’ at the festival.
James Robertson, award-winning author and honorary president of Ullapool Book Festival said: “If a visitor from another country wanted a short but rich immersion course in contemporary Scottish writing, he or she could do a lot worse than come to Ullapool for three days in May.
“To any resident of Scotland – someone looking for intelligent debate, informed entertainment, fine words and deep thoughts that locate our country in the context of wider human and planetary concerns – I would offer the same advice: come to the Ullapool Book Festival.
“You will be challenged and surprised, you will laugh and perhaps cry, you will be warmed by the friendly atmosphere and with luck by some fine spring weather, and you’ll have the chance to browse in some of the best bookshops in Scotland. ‘Freedom and whisky gang thegither,’ Robert Burns wrote. In my view, books and Ullapool gang thegither too.”
Full details on the festival and its programme can be found on the website at www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk