THE winner of the 2011 Forward Prize for the Best Poetry Collection; the 2009 Forward Best Poem Award; the winner of the 2010 Saltire Society First Book award; a debut author from Nova Scotia shotlisted for Canada’s Giller Prize – these are just a few of the writers who will be appearing at this year’s Ullapool Book Festival, held from Friday May 11 to Sunday May 13.
The celebrated poet and novelist John Burnside is one of the anticipated guests. His latest novel – A Summer of Drowning – was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and his latest collection of poems, entitled Black Cat Bone, won the distinguished Forward Prize.
Another award winning poet appearing in May is Robin Robertson who has received a number of accolades, including the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and all three Forward Prizes.
Alexander MacLeod was born in Cape Breton and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Published in Canada in 2010, his first collection of short stories – Light Lifting – was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, two Atlantic Book Awards and went on to become a best seller.
And Sue Peebles’ first novel, The Death of Lomond Friel, won the Saltire First Book Award in 2010 and the Scottish First Book Award in 2011, as well as being shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year.
But these are just a few names on the extraordinary list of writers coming to Ullapool - for more information check out this week’s Stornoway Gazette, published Thursday, January 12.