(Photograph: Lorraine Thomson)
November 18, 2021
Donald has pitched in with his poem, Sea Scarf, for the Book Week Scotland poetry event in Ullapool.
The Lewis-born poet and frequent visitor to the Wester Ross village, thanks to the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry service, was delighted to be chosen to participate in Ullaverse.
Ullapool’s celebration of Book Week Scotland involves poets contributing their work to be displayed in windows throughout the village, from chippy to church, as a poetry trail.
The anthology is well supported by poets from across Scotland and local residents turning over their windows as display spaces for a week. Around 50 poems are dotted across Ullapool at various locations.
The trail includes work by some of the most exciting contemporary poets in Scotland, such as Jim Carruth, George Gunn, Aoife Lyall, Mandy Haggith, Clare O'Brien, Ian Stephen, Chris Dolan, and Ullaverse poet-in-residence Jon Miller. Also featured is a specially written poem by the pupils of P6 at Ullapool Primary School.
Donald also helped promote Ullaverse by appearing with Jon Miller and Lorraine Thomson in a segment on BBC Alba’s new flagship programme, An Là.
The driving force behind Ullaverse was poet and Ullapool resident Lorraine Thomson.
Many of the poets taking part had previously appeared at the Ullapool Book Festival.