Book Week Scotland is here

Book Week Scotland is here

Today sees the start of the much-anticipated Book Week Scotland – the first ever nationwide, week long celebration of books and reading.

Throughout the week an epic range of events and book-related activities will take place in libraries, bookshops and other public spaces across the country, giving everyone the chance to join in.

Highlights include hundreds of free author events happening in every conceivable nook and corner of the country and featuring some of Scotland’s favourite writers including Iain Banks, Val McDermid, Vivian French and Janice Galloway.  

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, will see The Reading Hour, when the people of Scotland are invited to take a break from what they’re doing to indulge in the pure pleasures of reading. 

On Saturday 1 December Glasgow’s Mitchell Library will host a pop-up book festival featuring a packed programme of exciting activities for all ages and culminating with the notoriously entertaining Literary Death Match, familiar to attendees of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s late night Unbound events.

The mysterious book sculptures make a welcome return to Edinburgh where they are on public display in the Scottish Poetry Library. The sculptures, one of which was found at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, became world famous after being left by an anonymous donor in well known literary locations across the captial last year. All ten sculptures have been on a national tour and, in a delightful twist to the story, five new sculptures have been created and hidden in secret locations across Scotland. Clues about the whereabouts of each one will be unveiled as the week unfolds on the Book Week Scotland website.

And throughout the week a specially selected League of Extraordinary Booklovers will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on all matters book-related.

Further information about everything that’s taking place across the week and how to get involved can be found on the Book Week Scotland website.

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