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Ullapool Book Festival committee decide to cancel event for May and postpone event till 2021

By Margaret Chrystall

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THE Ullapool Book Festival – due to be held from May 8 to 10 – has been postponed until next year.

The festival committee meeting on Saturday morning took the decision "with sore


The committee said they had decided that in light of the spread of COVID-19/ Coronavirus to take the very hard decision to cancel the festival due to be held in May.

As the situation is constantly changing, they said they felt it best to act now rather than wait until nearer the festival.

Joan Michael, festival chair, said: “We are devastated at having to do this but the safety of our writers, musicians and chairs, the audience members, UBF volunteers

and indeed our community really has to take precedence.

"But we will be back in 2021 – our 16th festival has just been postponed for a year.”

Honorary president Chris Dolan says committee took a 'considered and timely decision'.
Honorary president Chris Dolan says committee took a 'considered and timely decision'.

The festival’s honorary president, author, poet and playwright Chris Dolan added: “We will miss it badly – we’ve been looking forward to May 8 for months.

"But these are strange days and the committee has taken a considered and timely decision.

"In the meantime, I only hope that all our UBF friends stay safe and that this upsetting time will eventually come to a close.

"We’ll get through it by buying and reading all the excellent books by the UBF 2020 writers!”

Refunds are being organised for those who had bought early bird tickets.

Festival details: http://www.ullapoolbookfestival.co.uk

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