Scotland's eminent science fiction author delivered an insight into his latest work to a capacity crowd in Ullapool at the weekend.
Iain (Menzies) Banks was in the town on Friday to speak about his new work and meet fans of his 24 mainstream and sci-fi novels (penned under the moniker Iain M Banks). The author appeared at the Ullapool Book Festival, in the Village Hall, courtesy of the National Library of Scotland (NLS) who are a sponsor of the event for the second year running.
Iain Banks said: 'It's been great coming back to Ullapool. I did an event here years ago; that was a hoot too but this time the weather was better. It was also good to be in such a collegiate setting with lots of fellow scribblers too. Altogether a splendid festival.'
Duncan Welsh, events programmer, for the NLS said: 'The National Library of Scotland is delighted to support the Ullapool Book Festival. The ability to attract high profile speakers such as Iain Banks is testament to its growing appeal. Literature has a prominent role within Highland society and the people of Ullapool have again demonstrated their desire to embrace the best that the world of literature has to offer.
'The NLS offers a wealth of information and literary insight which although housed in Edinburgh, can be accessed via the internet, enabling rural communities to enjoy what we have to offer.'
The Ullapool Book Festival began in 2005, founded by a group of literary enthusiasts from the voluntary arts organisation Ullapool Entertainments. Since then the festival has grown apace, promoting and encouraging the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Ullapool and the surrounding district whilst incorporating works in both Gaelic and Scots.
Iain Banks was born in Fife in 1954, and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, 'The Wasp Factory', in 1984. His first science fiction novel, 'Consider Phlebas', was published in 1987.
10 May 2006