Five Things to See: Ullapool Book Festival 2014

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Category: Reading

If you like to enjoy good books in beautiful locations, then the Ullapool Book Festival is the event for you! Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the festival brings together an amazing array of authors from Scotland, and beyond, for a spectacular Highland showcase.  

Tickets to all of the events listed below can be bought through Ullapool Book Festival's website.


Jackie Kay

Friday 9 May 2014, 10am

The award-winning poet and author, and generally lovely, Jackie Kay will be sharing thoughts about and poems from her five collections of poetry for adults (The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and several for children in an event chaired by Faith Liddell. 

The Occasionals

Friday 9 May 2014, 10pm

Rest your brain and work your dancing muscles instead at a ceilidh to celebrate Festival's 10th anniversary. Don't worry if you've never stripped a willow before, there will be a caller on hand to talk you through. To keep you energised there's music from The Occasionals - and a birthday cake is promised, too!

Alice Thomson

Saturday 10 May 2014, 2.30pm

Alice Thomson will be reading from, and talking about, her sixth novel Burnt Island. Described as "creepy and brilliant" by Ian Rankin, Burnt Island is a must for fans of darker surreal horror. Download an extract of Burnt Island to get your goosebumps going pre-event.


Iain MacWhirter

Saturday 10 May 2014, 7.30pm

Whether you're an "aye", a "nae" or a "no' decided yet", this event should give you some political food for thought. Iain Macwhirter is the political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald and the author of Road to Referendum. He'll be in discussion with one of Scotland's leading novelists James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack.


William McIlvanney

Sunday 11 May 2014, 11.45am

Closing the festival is one of Scotland's foremost authors, William McIlvanney. He's inspired readers and writers for generations, a fact proven by Docherty's appearance on our 10 favourite Scottish novels of the last years poll. This discussion, chaired by Ruth Wishart, should be a great opportunity to hear about a brilliant career from the man himself.

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