Longlist announced for Highland Book Prize 2019

Today the longlist has been announced for the 2019 Highland Book Prize which will be awarded at the 2020 Ullapool Book Festival.

The Highland Book Prize 2019 Longlist:

  • ?Kathleen Jamie: Surfacing
  • Stephen Rutt: The Seafarers
  • Ali Smith: Spring
  • David Gange: The Frayed Atlantic Edge
  • Roseanne Watt: Moder Dy
  • Alan McKirdy: Northern Highlands (landscapes in stone)
  • Laura Watts: Energy at the end of theworld
  • Leila Aboulela: Bird Summons
  • James Hunter: Insurrection
  • Alexander McCall Smith: The Secret of the dark waterfall
  • Alastair Jackson / Kenneth Steven: The Spirit of the Hebrides

 


Winter Lights shopping evening

Once again the Ullapool Bookshop is celebrating the Winter Lights switch on here in Ullapool, with a special event. On Thursday 28th November, we will be hosting a Poetry and Shopping evening in the bookshop from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Local poet Stephen Keeler will be giving a personal poetry reading for 5-10min every half hour throughout the event (from 6pm onwards) and wine, soft drinks and canapes will be served to all guests. The poetry readings will be taken from 4 of the ‘Poems instead of a card,’ poetry pamphlets published by Candlestick Press.

We also have been donated a beautiful Christmas Spirit (the most recent Candlestick Press Christmas publication) mug, which will be raffled as a prize on the evening for one lucky recipient.

Please do join us and shop locally for some wonderful Christmas books, gift wrap, Christmas cards and a few lovely book gifts too.

Thank you.


On the Yachts: Lochbroom seamen 1880-1950

Happy publication day and many congratulations to local authors Robbie Mackenzie and James Macgregor on the publication of their fascinating new book ‘On the Yachts’ ‘Lochbroom seamen 1880-1950.’ All profits from the sale of this book will go to Ullapool Museum and we are delighted to also have this book on sale at the Ullapool Bookshop, ?19.95.


Thanks for the postcards…..

Ullapool Bookshop had a surprise postal gift today of some wonderful old postcards of Ullapool and area from a customer of many years. She spent many happy holidays in Ullapool firstly with her parents in the 50’s and latterly at the campsite with her family and regularly spent time in the bookshop. Our grateful thanks and appreciation to Patricia Barr for her kind thought. No dates on the cards but many of you will be able to say when the pics were likely taken…..(photos also appear on the Ullapool Remember Facebook group).


The Nan Shepherd Prize

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.


Booktime Magazine features Ullapool Bookshop

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

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Delving into the Darkness: BBC Scotland

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

 

 


New edition of ‘Hutton’s Arse: 3 billion years of geology’

A superb 2nd Edition of Hutton’s Arse by Malcolm Rider and Peter Harrison is now available.

The extraordinary and beautiful scenery of the Northern Scottish Highlands has been created by a geological history lasting over three billion years. The new and thoroughly up-dated edition of this popular book takes its readers through those three billion years, shows the rocks, visits the places, introduces some famous researchers and presents the geological theories that have been inspired by the Highlands. Even though the influence of this magnificent place can be overwhelming, the book is about geology and the modern science involved. It is written for all to understand. It is a book for non-specialists interested in modern science, scientists and all lovers of the Northern Scottish Highlands. The text is sometimes light-hearted, but the science is serious. The subjects covered are as wide as he the splitting open of the North Atlantic Ocean: a time when the Earth resembled modern Mars; early continent formation; billion year old bacteria; the very beginnings of human evolution; Snowball Earth; and, inevitably, climate change. This is modern science wrapped up in good writing and humour: a rare combination.