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 in Edinburgh. Serving the menu of events from a silver platter were characters from Treasure Island, The Handmaid’s Tale and Alice and Wonderland.
This year the theme of the programme is Nourish, spread across four key strands including: Justice and Sustainability, Breaking Bread, Nourishing Ourselves, and Feast. Taking place from 27 November to 3 December, hundreds of free events will take place across the country, featuring top names such as Liz Lochhead, Judy Murray, Christopher Brookmyre, and Val McDermid.
Auction items including a first edition Harry Potter book signed by JK Rowling will also be on offer, alongside a digital festival, a free e-book of stories celebrating this year’s theme, and almost half a million books which will be gifted to pupils in Primary 1-3.
Schools, companies and communities across the country are also encouraged to take part by holding a book sale during the week in aid of Scottish Book Trust. A free fundraising toolkit with top tips on holding a book sale is available here.
Marc Lambert, CEO of 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.
For more information about Book Week Scotland 2017 and how you can get involved, visit www.bookweekscotland.com where you can find information about all the events taking place in your local area.
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 running a digital festival throughout the week, 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.