WITH four weeks to go before the 9th Ullapool Book Festival starts on May 10th organisers are reporting that advance ticket sales have never been so good.
Weekend tickets, which could have been bought up until April 7th, were sold out a week early. And tickets for Ian Rankin were sold out within 10 days.
Other tickets are selling exceptionally quickly and festival chair Joan Michael is advising people not to wait too long before buying theirs.
She said: “We expect several other writers to sell out before the festival starts, even though we are bringing extra seating in to the village hall.
“We have never experienced such high advance sales. It just shows that our reputation for bringing wonderful guests to Ullapool and for putting a great programme together has really spread.
“Tickets have been bought from Caithness all the way right down to the south of England.”
Among the guests is Kathleen Jamie whose poetry collections to date include The Overhaul, (2012) which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, and The Tree House, which won both the Forward prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award.
She also writes non-fiction including the highly regarded Findings and recently, Sightlines. Kathleen is Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University.
Also appearing is Ewan Morrison who was the winner of the 2012/13 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year Award and the winner of the 2012 Not the Booker Prize.
In 2012 he was also a finalist in the Saltire Book of the Year Award, as well as the Creative Scotland Writer of the Year Award; and Morrison has been a finalist for three BAFTA Awards as writer and director and was the winner of a Royal Television Society Award in 2002.
Film director Anthony Baxter will be talking about the making on his award winning film You’ve Been Trumped.
An earlier documentary for the BBC in 2007 exposed the impact of dredging on the coastline of Scotland and other parts of the UK, and deepened his understanding of the threats to Scotland’s natural coastal heritage.
You’ve Been Trumped is his first feature film. To date, it has won eleven awards, been released in cinemas worldwide and broadcast by the BBC. He is currently working on a follow up film, due for completion in early 2014.
For more information about the Ullapool Book Festival and to buy your tickets before it’s too late, visit www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk