Coronavirus update

Unfortunately, in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, the 2020 Ullapool Book Festival has been cancelled

The prizegiving announcement will take place online on 9th May 2020. Please follow us on social media for updates regarding the prizegiving.

POSTPONED: John O’Groats Book Festival.

Saturday April 25th at 1:30pm: James Hunter, Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter. Seaview Hotel, Tickets £15 available via Lyth Arts Centre Booking Office.

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John O’Groats Book Festival, Seaview Hotel, John O’Groats.

James Hunter, Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter.

Saturday April 25th at 1:30pm

As part of the Birlinn showcase, the Highland Book Prize is delighted to present James Hunter, author of Insurrection: Scotland’s Famine Winter, longlisted for the 2019 Highland Book Prize.

When Scotland’s 1846 potato crop was wiped out by blight, the country was plunged into crisis. In the Hebrides and the West Highlands a huge relief effort came too late to prevent starvation and death. Further east, meanwhile, towns and villages from Aberdeen to Wick and Thurso, rose up in protest at the cost of the oatmeal that replaced potatoes as people’s basic foodstuff. Those dramatic events have long been ignored or forgotten. Now, in James Hunter, they have their historian. The story he tells is, by turns, moving, anger-making and inspiring. In an era of food banks and growing poverty, it is also very timely.

Tickets £15 available via Lyth Arts Centre Booking Office.