Mallaig Book Festival: John Goodlad


A Write Highland Hoolie

A Write Highland Hoolie is Mallaig’s Book Festival. It is taking place at the West Highland Hotel, Mallaig, from afternoon on Friday 11 November to afternoon on Sunday 13 November.

John Goodlad is a Shetlander who works in the seafood industry. He was the voice of the Shetland fishing industry as CEO of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association for many years before becoming a fish farmer. He now advises several national and international seafood organisations and companies. His previous book, The Cod Hunters, was shortlisted for the Maritime Foundations’ Mountbatten Award for the Best Maritime Book in 2020. He will be talking about his latest – The Salt Roads: How Fish Made a Culture.

The Salt Roads is the extraordinary story of salt fish, Shetland’s most enduring export. It ranges from the wild waters of the North Atlantic and the remote ice filled fjords of west Greenland to the Basque country, from the fishing grounds of Iceland to the Jewish shtetls of Poland and from the mountains of Faroe to the flat coastline of the Netherlands. As well as following the historical thread and exploring how very different cultures were drawn together by the salt fish trade, John Goodlad meets those whose lives revolve around the industry in the twenty-first century and addresses today’s pressing themes of sustainability, climate change and food choices.

  • Sun 13 Nov 10:00
  • West Highland Hotel, Mallaig
  • Tickets: £8
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Sunday 13 Nov 2022
West Highland Hotel, Mallaig. United Kingdom