Book Week Scotland 2018 runs from 19 November to 25 November
Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust – the national charity changing lives through reading and writing – will deliver events and activities across the country during Book Week Scotland 2018, which runs from 19 November to 25 November, linked to this year’s theme of Rebel.
The programme for Scotland’s seventh national celebration of books and reading launched with a photocall of rebellious librarians held at Central Library, Edinburgh. Drag queen and Book Week Scotland ambassador, Nancy Clench, and bestselling author Claire Askew posed with copies of the Rebel book, which features a story from Nancy, as well as others submitted from the public.
During Book Week Scotland there are hundreds of free events taking place across many different local authorities, funded by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC). In Glasgow, there is a selection of interesting events for Book Week Scotland, including:
Story Café Special: Kirstin Innes: November 22, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Glasgow Women’s Library
We have revelled in the centenary of the birth of the iconic, inimitable Muriel Spark. In our final salute, join Scottish writer Kirstin Innes, who will talk about the legacy and impact of Spark on her own writing, reading snippets from her favourite Spark books, and examining Spark through her own acute literary lens. All washed down with lashings of tea, cake and friendly chat. A free ticketed event, please telephone 0141 550 2267 to book your place.
The Gutter Magazine Party, November 22, 7:45pm – 22:45pm
Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Lane
It’s the annual celebration of Scotland’s magazine of new writing and this year there is lots to celebrate! It’s the end of the magazine’s first year as an independent coop, the eve of their tenth anniversary, and they’ve just put out the biggest issue ever which has also been the best-selling publication at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. So, come into town for some of Scotland’s best poetry, music and short stories! A paid ticketed event, please book your event online.
Queering the Map of Glasgow: November 24, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Category Is Books, 34 Allison Street
Knight Errant is back, putting queer experiences firmly on the map of Glasgow. Ely Percy will read from their debut novel Vicky Romeo plus Joolz, a butch meets femme romantic comedy set in Glasgow and due to be published in February 2019; followed by readings from Ryan Vance, Michael Lee Richardson, Eleanor Capaldi and other mystery speakers.
Rebelling Against the Traditional Ideas of Family: November 24, 6pm – 8pm
Arlington Baths Club
The real-life experiences of three women writers who, in very different ways, have created new kinds of families is the focus for this inspiring event. Shazia Hobbs, author of The Gori’s Daughter, Carol Fox, author of Memoirs of a Feminist Mother, and Susan Campbell, author of A Dog Owners’ Guide to Fulfilment, will talk about their efforts to create different kinds of families from the accepted norm. A free ticketed event, please book your space online.
For the first time, Book Week Scotland will run ‘Pitch-it’, an opportunity for libraries and community groups to submit their proposal for an event. Those involved include: bestselling author Joanne Harris, discussing her new book Blue Salt Road; rapper, writer and activist Akala; public speaker Sam Conniff Allende of Be More Pirate; and Scottish Alt-folk musician and author Peter Kelly, aka Beerjacket. Scottish Book Trust will welcome submissions for interesting and creative events that fit the Rebel theme. Submissions are now open, and the deadline is 17 October. Applications can be made via Scottish Book Trust’s website.
Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported by National Lottery funds through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, Book Week Scotland is delivered by Scottish Book Trust (and its partners) from 19 November to 25 November 2018. There are hundreds of free events taking place across many different local authorities, funded by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).
For more information about Book Week Scotland 2018 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.
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We’re delighted to present another packed programme for Book Week Scotland, our national celebration of reading and writing. After listening to feedback, Scottish Book Trust is pleased to make 100,000 copies of the Rebel book available to the public. Many thanks to our partners and funders for making this programme possible, and we hope everyone joins us for Book Week Scotland, whether at a physical event, or by taking part in our Digital Festival.”
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “As a life-long and avid reader, I know that there’s no greater pleasure than losing yourself in the magic of a book. That’s why I welcome this fantastic launch of 2018 Book Week Scotland programme, a flagship event of Scotland’s culture sector celebrating books, reading and Scotland’s rich literary history and dedicated this year to exploring the theme of ‘Rebel’.
“For the seventh consecutive year, the Scottish Government is proud to support this incredible event, which stems from the Scottish Government’s commitment to literature and as part of our commitment to literature and ensuring more people can access and enjoy cultural activity more often.
“I congratulate Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Library and Information Council for organising such a fantastic programme of events and activities throughout Scotland, which you can be a part of in your home, at school or college, in your local library or at work, as well as online. I encourage everyone in Scotland, especially during 2018 Book Week Scotland, to commit to finding some time to immerse themselves in the world of books.”
Erin McElhinney, Literature Officer, Creative Scotland, commented: “Scottish Book Trust have produced a programme that offers a whole host of routes into reading and writing, offering a cause to the rebel in all of us. It’s a week to celebrate new partnerships and connections, between organisations and the public, between digital and the book – and an invitation to challenge our own boundaries around reading.”