ULLAPOOL BOOK FESTIVAL CANCELLED
Ullapool Book Festival had a committee meeting this morning. And it is with sore hearts we have to inform you that, in light of the spread of Coronavirus, we have taken the very hard decision to cancel the festival in May. The situation is constantly changing and we felt that we have to act now rather than nearer the festival. We are devastated at having to do this but the safety of our writers, musicians and chairs, the audience members, UBF volunteers and indeed our community really has to take precedence. We may be able to have two or three events later in the year but just can’t say at the moment. In the meantime we hope you will buy the books of the writers who would have been here. And we will be back in 2021 –our 16th festival has just been postponed for a year.
Refunds will be organised for those of you who bought early bird tickets
NEW GUEST FOR UBF 2020
The organisers of Ullapool Book Festival are delighted to announce that Peter Geoghegan will be appearing at UBF 2020. Peter is an Irish writer, journalist and broadcaster and investigations editor at the award-winning news website openDemocracy.
Led by Peter, openDemocracy's investigations into dark money in British politics were nominated for a 2019 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award. He co-founded the Ferret and his journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and many other publications.
His latest book Democracy For Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics (due out in May) is the story of how money, vested interests and digital skulduggery have destroyed trust in democracy and fuelled the rise of populism in Britain and across the West. Speaking to leading players from across the political spectrum including Steve Bannon and senior figures in Conservative politics, the book delves deep behind the headlines to deliver a colourful, incisive account of a broken politics.
Ullapool Book Festival | 8 - 10 May 2020 | Tickets on sale at the end of March.
The visit to this year’s Ullapool Book Festival (8-10 May) by Irish publisher Tina Calder has been postponed until 2021.
EARLY BIRD WEEKEND TICKETS for 2020 SELL OUT WITHIN HOURS
To the astonishment of the Ullapool Book Festival team the weekend tickets sold out on the first day. Within 16 hours they sold more weekend tickets than they have previously sold in a month.
Book Festival chair Joan Michael said “This is quite unprecedented. We were stunned to see the tickets disappear both online and by post in such a short time. What is even more heartening is that all these people have bought the early birds without knowing who our writers will be. It shows that after 15 years we are being trusted to produce a great programme.”
But those who missed out need not fret. Tickets for all the individual sessions will go on sale towards the end of March when the full programme will be announced. In anticipation of that the festival will announce their guest list in early January.