Five Things to See: Ullapool Book Festival

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Category: Reading

As we finally ease into a semblance of summer, the book festival circuit is hotting up too! And with it comes the Ullapool Book Festival. Nestled on the shores of Loch Broom, Ullapool is the perfect literary festival for those with a bit of wilderness in their heart. We can think of no better way to spend the beginning of May (which technically counts as summer, right?) than to journey north, and take in a little literature.

This year’s line up boasts a wealth of Scottish writing talent. We picked five events we wish we could make it to!

Jenni Fagan

Friday 10 May, 8:30pm

Award winning poet and novelist Jenni Fagan takes to the stage with David Robertson. Fagan is definitely one to watch, having recently been named as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.


Catriona Lexy Campbell and Mary Anne Macdonald

Saturday 11 May, 4pm

Lovers of Gaelic literature won’t want to miss this double-header with readings from each writer's most recent work in Gaelic. Non-Gaelic speakers looking for a way in to the language will be pleased to hear the event will be simultaneously translated!


Ewan Morrison

Saturday 11 May, 7:30pm

Ewan Morrison’s Tales from the Mall was a triumph in 2012, and was described by Irvine Welsh as ‘one of the most important and innovative books to have been published in the last two decades’.

James Robertson

Sunday 12 May, 10:15am

Poet, novelist and editor James Robertson is in session to talk about his new novel, The Professor of Truth, inspired by the Lockerbie bombing.

Zoe Strachan

Saturday 11 May, 2:30pm

Last but not least, Zoe Strachan is a Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award shortlistee, novelist and writer. Her most recent novel is Ever Fallen in Love, which was published in 2012.


For the full programme of events and to book all tickets, check out the Ullapool Book Festival website here!