The first Ullapool Book Festival was held in May 2005. It was founded by a group of literary enthusiasts in Ullapool Entertainments, the local voluntary arts organisation founded in 1982. The aim is to run an annual book festival the purpose of which is to promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Ullapool and the surrounding district.
We include work written in Gaelic and Scots. We have a strong Gaelic element bearing in mind our heritage and the fact that there are many Gaelic learners in the area as well as native speakers. Literature has a significant place in Highland culture and life. The book festival is not just a showcase for Highland writers but also for writers from other parts of Scotland, and indeed the world, to come and create an inspirational atmosphere.
It gives an opportunity for local people and visitors alike to hear the best the world of literature has to offer. Ullapool Book Festival is run by a committee of volunteers. They are: office-bearers - Joan Michael (chairman); Liz Beer (secretary); Effie Mackenzie (treasurer) committee members: Chrissy Boyd, Sheila Didcock, Audrey Maclennan, Catriona Martin, Kathy Ross. The UBF honorary president is Chris Dolan.