If you’re a fan of reading and you happen to be in Scotland, this is a brilliant week to meet all sorts of talented authors! From Monday 26 November to Sunday 2 December, one hundred authors and illustrators will be appearing in libraries right across Scotland to talk about books and writing and share their latest creations with their fans. In most cases tickets are free, but it’s a good idea to visit the Scottish Book Trust website and BOOK A PLACE!
This is the first ever Book Week Scotland and it’s being sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust. They have organised a huge range of events to promote reading and celebrate Scottish authors. For example, every primary school in Scotland will receive three free picture books by Julia Donaldson, John Fardell and Catherine Rayner, as well as a story in Scots by Matthew Fitt, illustrated by Ross Collins. (Gosh, that sentence has the most links ever, I think!)
There will also be a national Reading Hour on St Andrew’s Day (Friday 30 November) at 11:00 am, when everyone will stop what they’re doing and read for an hour! At the National Museum in Edinburgh, Alexander McCall Smith will read stories for adults, Lari Don will spin her storytelling magic for the younger crowd, and there will be a Bookbug session for the smallest book fans.
The Mitchell Library in Glasgow has strung up 100 metres of bunting and 200 balloons in readiness for their Book Week Scotland events! They will host all sorts of talks by authors (for both children and adults), writing and illustrating workshops, a debate on the future of books and a Bookbug session in Gaelic. The Big Read In will be Glasgow’s answer to National Reading Hour on 30 November.
They are also hosting the Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writers’ Conference on Saturday 1 December, a day of author talks and workshops for budding writers aged 14 to 17. So what are you waiting for? Time to get involved!