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***Words from the West | Saturday 9 May | 7.30pm ***
The 16th Ullapool Book Festival should have started today. Though we’re heart sore that we couldn’t go ahead, we are very happy to bring you our virtual festival, Words from the West.
Words from the West is two hours long and features author sessions, poetry and music. It’s free to watch and we are not asking for donations, just that you tune in and enjoy a glimpse of what might have been. Please help spread the word.

There are three ways to watch:
1 – on the Ullapool Book Festival Facebook page
3 – on a smart TV go to YouTube and search Words from the West
If you use the YouTube link beforehand, you will see a testcard showing Ruth Wishart and Kerry Hudson (as shown below). There is a countdown to the start, and you’ll be able to subscribe and sign up for a reminder.

Saturday 9 May | 7.30pm – 9.30pm
1. Welcome.
2. George Gunn reads his new poem, Lockdown.
3. Kerry Hudson chaired by Ruth Wishart. Kerry’s latest book and memoir Lowborn takes her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.
4. Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach share two tracks from their album Waves Rise from Quiet Water ??
5. Donald S Murray reads his new poem, Shetland 14 April 2020.
6. Chris Dolan in conversation with Moira Leven. Chris ’s new book ‘Everything Passes, Everything Remains – Freewheeling through Spain, Song and Memory’ (due to be published in the autumn) is a travelogue of 45 years’ obsession with Spain, pedalling through some less well known parts of that country.
7. Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach share two tracks from their album Waves Rise from Quiet Water ??
8. Jim Carruth reads his new poem, the long bench.
9. Donald S Murray chaired by Mark Wringe. Donald’s book, As The Women Lay Dreaming, was inspired by the effects of the Iolaire disaster on 1st January 1919.
As everyone was working with the technology they had available at home, the programme will be a mix of audio and film. Huge thanks to the writers and chairs taking part and very special thanks to Martin Gilligan and to Joan Michael, Chair of UBF, without whom Words from the West could not have happened. They’ve both put in a massive amount of work and it’s fair to say they didn’t know quite what they were taking on. The words steep and learning curve come to mind. (NB Joan didn’t write this. She’s the last person to give herself a pat on the back, but she certainly deserves it).
All that’s left to say is pour yourself a glass of whatever you fancy, tune in and enjoy.
Words from the West | Live on YouTube and UBF Facebook page | Saturday 9 May | 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Ullapool Book Festival
33 Seaforth Road,
IV26 2UY

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