I snapped this photo the other day whilst on my way home for lunch from working at the Bookshop. Ullapool has experienced some wintry weather this week but so far nothing too dreadful. Travel has been interesting for those who needed a trip to Inverness but as long as you are careful and sensible, cars and deliveries seem to have got through without too much trouble. However, it is only 12th Feb and winter is certainly still with us.
Yesterday the longlist was announced for the innaugural Nan Shepherd Prize 2019. the full longlist can be read here https://nanshepherdprize.com/2019/ with the shortlist being announced on 21st October and the winner revealed on 18th November.
Congratulations to all of the nominees.
In the evenings I’ve recently discovered the Edinburgh International Book Festival podcasts. Many events have been recorded over the years (or videoed) and these can be downloaded either on iTunes, Spotify or via the Edinburgh Book Festival website. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/look-and-listen/player…
Last night I listened to Prue Leith being interviewed by Sue Lawrence which was a most entertaining event (lasting an hour). Another event which intrigued me also was Arundhati Roy being chaired by Nicola Sturgeon, although I might choose to listen to Christopher Brookmyre or watch Doddie Weir instead, too spoilt for choice.
Hope you all find this helpful and happy listening.
Booktime Magazine is a bi-monthly free magazine which we are proud to stock at Ullapool Bookshop. This month we are especially delighted to be featured as the ‘Bookshop Says’ ‘Ullapool Bookshop’ on pages 8 & 9! If you click on the link below an electronic copy is available, or of course pop into the bookshop to collect your own copy and read all about us
We are delighted that the BBC Scotland magazine programme ‘Loop’ has recently transmitted a new programme called ‘Delving into the Darkness.’ This programme includes crime writer Val McDermid who was interviewed both here in Ullapool and at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Some of the footage of Val McDermid was filmed when she was in Ullapool for her ‘My Scotland’ book event recently with Alan McCredie, but also you may spot the Ullapool Bookshop in the film too!
For those of you who want to see the programme, it can be found here on iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0007pd6/loop-2019-delving-into-the-darkness
The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer.
The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture and a celebration of the outdoors.
ROBERT MACFARLANE wins The 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize with his epic exploration of the Earth’s underworld.
Ullapool Trading is delighted to announce the inclusion of a North Route 500 shop on our website: https://ullapooltrading.com/product-tag/north-route-500/
Books, Maps and Calendars can be purchased direct with items shipped nationwide.
In our online shop we have a new section with maps and books all from the North Route 500. This includes the Scottish Campsites and Caravan Parks Map; the North Coast Journey Map and both current guidebooks featuring the whole 512 mile journey (Rough Guide to the North Coast 500 and The North Coast 500 guidebook by Charles Tait).
These items and more can be shipped direct to your home from Ullapool Trading (the online presence for both Ullapool Bookshop and The Captain’s Cabin in Ullapool, Wester Ross.
Ullapool Trading is a new website selling selected Scottish books and gifts from the Ullapool Bookshop and The Captain’s Cabin in the Highland village of Ullapool, Wester Ross, Scotland. New products are being added frequently to the website, so please do visit regularly and buy items to take home or to be sent nationwide. We also have a suggestions box for those items you have seen in our shops, but cannot find online.
Delighted to say that our Beebombs which we planted outside the Ullapool Bookshop some weeks ago, are now thriving. I’m not sure if we will get actual wild flowers flowering this year but we are thrilled at the progress they have made so far. These ‘Beeboombs’ can be planted direct onto cleared soil and one pack covers approx 21 square foot of your garden. They can also be planted in pots or troughs, to provide wild flowers and to encourage more bees into the garden / outside space.