The launch of this year’s Book Week Scotland programme (the sixth national celebration of books and reading) was announced today, Wednesday 4 October, with a photocall of iconic fictional characters at Maison Bleue at Home restaurant, Edinburgh. Characters from Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and The Handmaid’s Tale were served the menu of events from a silver platter by Scottish Book Trust Director of Programme, Amina Shah.
Book Week Scotland is a national week-long celebration of books and reading and is organised by the Scottish Book Trust. The 2017 programme takes place from from 27 November to 3 December, and is curated around the theme of Nourish, spread across four key strands: Justice and Sustainability, Breaking Bread, Nourishing Ourselves, and Feast.
Hundreds of free events will take place across Scotland, featuring names such as Liz Lochhead, Judy Murray, and Val McDermid. An auction of items including a first edition signed Harry Potter book will also be on offer, alongside the chance to win a portrait from one of the UK’s top illustrators, Chris Riddell in order to raise funds for Scottish Book Trust’s programmes.
Amina Shah, Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust, said:
This year’s packed programme of events brings our best line-up yet to every corner of the country. With a tasty selection of must-see talks, workshops and opportunities to take part online, Book Week Scotland offers something for everyone. This year’s theme, Nourish, perfectly encapsulates the wide range of connections and experiences that books and reading have, across all communities, cultures and ages.
Schools, compmanies and communities all over Scotland are also encouraged to hold a book sale in aid of Scottish Book Trust. You can find a fundraising toolkit about this on their website here. Almost half a million free books and writing materials will be gifted to all Primary 2 and 3 pupils in Scotland, produced in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of ‘Read, Write, Count’.
A new short story and poetry collection written by the people of Scotland on the theme of Nourish will also be available to download as an e-book free during the week, and the public is also encouraged to take part in the National Reading Lunch on 30 November, taking an hour out for a book at lunchtime.
Book Week Scotland online
If you can’t take part in person, there are plenty of activities and challenges to get involved with online. This year, Book Week Scotland is growing its online profile to run a digital festival throughout the week, which will be packed with interviews and free, exclusive online events, including Crimewriters Cluedo, an ‘unboxing’ game with top book vloggers, and a Twitter Q&A with a special guest.
Children can also tune in to watch award-winning novelist for children and young people, Phil Earle in a special Authors Live webcast on Tuesday 28 November at 11am.
Scottish Book Trust
Based in Edinburgh, this charity works with people throughout Scotland to promote the pleasures and benefits of reading and books. The Scottish Book Trust created the country’s first national celebration of books and reading, Book Week Scotland 2012. Read more about the work of the Scottish Book Trust on their website.