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Creative Scotland contribution will help bring top Canadian authors to Ullapool Book Festival


By Calum MacLeod

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The 2022 Ullapool Book Festival will se the return of literary chat in front of a live audience.
The 2022 Ullapool Book Festival will se the return of literary chat in front of a live audience.

Ullapool Book Festival has received funding from Creative Scotland which will help it begin a new chapter after Covid.

The north-west literary festival, which regularly attracts bestselling and prize-winning writers, has been awarded £13,367 from Creative Scotland to help the festival return in May 2022 for its 18th edition.

Although the line-up has still to be unveiled, the organisers have revealed the 2022 programme will include two winners of Canada's Giller Prize for literature and a short-listed Booker Prize author. Further line-up announcements will be made on the Ullapool Book Festival website. The 2022 festival will run from May 6 to 8.

Ullapool Book Festival chairwoman Joan Michael.
Ullapool Book Festival chairwoman Joan Michael.

Ullapool Book Festival chairwoman Joan Michael said: “We have welcomed well over 200 writers as well as many musicians in past festivals and the 2022 programme of poets, playwright, and fiction and non-fiction writers enlivened with music carries on this tradition.

"Next year’s guests are from Scotland, Estonia and Canada and we’ll also have our usual Gaelic session with simultaneous translation which is sure to be thought-provoking and challenging.”

The festival is among the 36 creative initiatives across Scotland sharing in over £772,000 of National Lottery funding in the latest round of Open Fund awards, with other Highland projects receiving support including Skye and Raasay’s SEALL Festival of Small Halls. Lyth Arts Centre (LAC) in Caithness will also receive funding, enabling a period of organisational development and the roll out of a busy programme of activity spotlighting the natural environment and climate action, the growth of the Caithness Artists in Residence scheme and the welcome return of LAC’s festive activities, throughout the winter months.

Iain Munro, Creative Scotland's chief executive, said: “These Open Fund grants are capable of making a palpable and positive difference to the lives and careers of artists, and more widely to those of us living within Scotland’s communities. Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every year, these awards continue to support communities the length and breadth of Scotland, inspiring generations and boosting overall wellbeing.”

A full list of Open Fund recipient awards is available on the Creative Scotland website.


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