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Book Week Scotland 2017

November 27, 2017 by No Comments | Category Culture, Literature

Scottish Book Trust run us through some of the many highlights of Book Week Scotland 2017.


Book Week Scotland, now in its sixth year, starts today (Monday 27 November) and fitting with our Nourish theme, we have a variety of events and activities to cater to any palate. This celebration of books and reading is run by Scottish Book Trust, with support from many partners. This year, for the first time, a Virtual Festival is included in the programme, packed with content that is free and accessible to all.

Highlights include, on Monday, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Doug Johnstone pit their knowledge of the criminal mind against each other in Crime Writers Play Cluedo.

On Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will join us for a Live Twitter Q&A: post your questions for the First Minister on all things books by using #FMBookChat. Scottish Book Trust is also co-hosting a Poetry-Slam event with Edinburgh City of Literature at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and the event will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Book-lovers across Scotland will hold a Reading Lunch on St Andrews Day, and some will also hold a book sale to fundraise for Scottish Book Trust. Many have already voted in our ‘Favourite book inspired by a song’ poll, the winner of which will be revealed on Thursday 30 November, on BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth Show.

Also on the 30 November, former Scottish tennis international and Scottish national coach Judy Murray will speak at the Lochgelly Centre in Fife.

Explore storytelling on Saturday 2 December with the Booker Prize-shortlisted author, Bernard MacLaverty, with our live-stream from Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.

Gemma Cairney will tour Scottish universities and colleges for Book Week Scotland. The former Radio 1 agony aunt and author of ‘Open – A toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’, will speak to young people about mental health and wellbeing.

Also on tour with Scottish Book Trust, spoken word star Deanna Rodger will encourage reluctant readers to perform poetry, illustrating how it can be exciting, engaging and relevant to young people.

As part of our annual campaign to get Scotland writing, many people contributed to our Nourish anthology, which can be downloaded in e-book or audiobook form, or listened to on Soundcloud. RNIB worked with us on this project to make sure the stories are as accessible as possible.

We’d love to see what you are reading during Book Week Scotland: tweet us your #BookWeekScotShelfie to get involved!

Scottish Book Trust is also auctioning some exclusive literary treats with funds raised going towards our work as a national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. The items for auction include: a signed first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling; a personal portrait drawn by famous children’s illustrator Chris Riddell; and a one-on-one consultancy with leading literary agency Jenny Brown Associates.

During Book Week Scotland, all Primary 1-3 children in Scotland will be gifted books from Scottish Book Trust. In total, 453,450 books will be given, through Bookbug and Read Write Count programmes. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Creative Scotland to devise and deliver this year’s bags.


Find out more at BookWeekScotland.com


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