Book Week Scotland is the fantastic annual national celebration of books and reading, brought to you by the good folk of the Scottish Book Trust. It returns, for the seventh time, from the 19 – 25 November, with a programme brimming with free talks, activities and new ways to enjoy stories.
This year’s theme is ‘Rebel’, and explores the rule-breakers and the game-changers who’ve changed the way we read. From rogue characters to daring authors, Book Week Scotland is a chance to raise a toast to anyone who’s defied convention.
As part of the festivities, the Digital Festival returns, offering a chance to enjoy events from the comfort of your own home, wherever you may be. Edinburgh City of Literature is delighted to be working with Book Week Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre to present the second BWS Poetry Slam: a joyful night of (very mildly) poetical competition between some of Scotland’s hottest talents.
Joining host Sian Bevan on the stage will be: Tom Pow, Nadine Aisha Jassat and JL Williams, with a special return performance from last year’s winner Katie Ailes.
Tickets for the show on the 20th November are available now from the Scottish Storytelling Centre for the bargain price of £3. The show will also be live-streamed: your comments and contributions via the Book Week Scotland Facebook page could help determine this year’s champion!
Other highlights of Book Week Scotland include:
- a chance to vote for the most rebellious read of the 21st century.
- the publication of Rebel, with 100,000 free copies to be distributed nationally, along with an ebook and audiobook version downloadable from the Scottish Book Trust website.
- Rebellious author Claire Askew will be touring colleges on the East Coast of Scotland to talk about her book All the Hidden Truths.
To find out more, head to the Book Week Scotland website and keep an eye on our social media pages for more rebellious reading ideas.