Non Fiction at Ullapool Book Festival

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Non Fiction titles to be featured at this year’s Ullapool Book Festival which takes place from May 6th to 8th, includes Malachy Tallack’s travelogue Sixty Degrees North.

It was a Book of the Week on Radio 4 and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award.

The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. Wrapping itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway, it crosses the tip of Greenland and the southern coast of Alaska, and slices the great expanses of Russia and Canada in half.

The parallel also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life.

In Sixty Degrees North, Tallack travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory.

Malachy will be reading from and talking about his book on Friday 6 May at 11.30am in Ullapool Village Hall

Raja Shehadeh and his wife Penny Johnson, who live in Ramallah, co-edited Shifting Sands, The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East.

They will be joined by Professor Avi Shlaim, an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, who is one of the contributors to this book.

The collection arose out of discussions on the past, present and future of the Middle East at the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

This session, on Saturday 7 May at 8.30pm in Ullapool Village Hall, will be chaired by the respected journalist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart.

All details are on the festival website: here and tickets can be bought there too.

They are also on sale in person at Ullapool Bookshop and The Ceilidh Place Bookshop.

Pictured is Raja Shehadeh, who with his wife Penny Johnson co-edited Shifting Sands, which will also be featured at this year’s festival.