Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.
During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.
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.
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 festivalthroughout 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.