Book Week Scotland 2015 Programme

The programme for Book Week Scotland 2015 has been unveiled revealing hundreds of free events taking place all over the country featuring top name authors including Val McDermid, Michel Faber and Diana Gabaldon.

Scotland’s fourth national celebration of books and reading will take place from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November and this year’s diverse programme of events, projects and activities are all rooted in the central theme of transformation.

Books have long been celebrated for their ability to make changes, to allow us to experience different worlds and cultures, to make us question our current way of thinking and to help us form our own belief systems. This year’s Book Week Scotland will celebrate the transformative power of books through its varied programme.

As Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Can a book really transform the way we feel? Can it lighten your mood, ensure a better night’s sleep, steal away loneliness? This year we are challenging Scots from all walks of life to try this miracle cure out for themselves – and to share their stories and results with us in a celebration of all the things books and reading can do.
“This challenge sits at the centre of Book Week Scotland, but the full programme is many and varied, and offers something for everyone on a national basis.”

Book Week Scotland 2015, Nora and Lisa Patron (4) Gruffalo. Photo: Rob McDougall 

What’s on?

This year’s Book Week Scotland will be underpinned by a rich and varied events programme for all tastes and ages. Newly introduced for 2015, Libraries Transformed will see a selection of creative events take place across Scotland to challenge the public’s perceptions of what libraries are. Author events will abound with Scotland’s best-loved writers and illustrators visiting libraries in every local authority, and including appearances from book heavyweights such as Diana Gabaldon, Kate Mosse, A.L. Kennedy, Michel Faber, Val McDermid, Arne Dahl and Paula Hawkins.

How to get involved?

  • #ThankBooks – Share how books or people from the world of books have inspired you or changed your life. Celebrities and authors including Alan Cumming, Ian Rankin and Louis De Bernieres will also reveal their own #ThankBooks
  • Reading Spaces – Organisations across Scotland will be encouraged and supported to transform neglected areas of their office into a dedicated reading area, where staff can retreat to enjoy some relaxation and escapism with a good book.
  • Journeys – 150,000 free copies of a short story and poem collection written by ordinary Scottish people, Journeys, will be handed out during the week via libraries, bookshops and other outlets. Audio and ebook versions will be available to download from Schools will also receive an e-publication featuring a selection of Scottish pupil’s journey submissions. In addition to this, three free picture books will be gifted to every Primary 1 pupil in Scotland.
  • Read Instead – The quiz available from 1 November will serve as a motivation to put down your phone or TV remote and pick up that book you've been meaning to read. 
  • Most shareable quote from a book – Word lovers can choose from a shortlist of 40 quotes and the top 3 quotes that people would most like to share with their friends will be revealed on 26 November.

Book Week Scotland 2015. Photo: Rob McDougall 

To inspire you to get involved in Book Week Scotland 2015 Creative Scotland's Literature, Languages and Publishing team have all shared their own #ThankBooks:

Aly Bar, Acting Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing: "Thank you Owen Meany. With your strange voice and your see-through ears. You practised and practised The Shot-I knew not why until the very end-and urged me to introduce you to readers far and wide. I still think of you whenever the Caps Lock monster comes calling."

Kaite Welsh, Literature Officer: “When I was five, my mother sat me down on a rainy autumn evening with her Everyman edition of Jane Eyre and said “This is why you’re learning to read.” She read the first pages to me, and I fell in love on the spot – a very strange bedtime story!”

Stephanie Saint, Literature Officer: “Books take you on imaginative adventures but also have the ability to shape the course of your life. My love of reading has taken me to so many interesting places, from university to travelling around Asia, from working in a bookshop to my role now as Literature Officer at Creative Scotland.”
Find out more about Book Week Scotland.

Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported by Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council.

Photo credits: Rob McDougall

This article was published on 06 Oct 2015