Digital Festival returns for Book Week Scotland

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Book Week Scotland’s award-nominated Digital Festival will return for a second year, after the success of 2017’s inaugural virtual event programme.

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After engaging over half a million people last year during the week that celebrates all things reading and writing, the charity Scottish Book Trust has unveiled a series of new and exciting online events taking place between 19-25 November 2018.

Things are even set to get rebellious this year, with a rabble-rousing line up as part of Book Week Scotland’s 2018 theme of ‘Rebel’. Featuring the First Minister, top football pundits like Pat Nevin and well-known authors and poets like Maggie O’Farrell, Joseph Coelho and Kevin Williamson, the week has as something for everyone.


On Monday 19 November, the week starts with a debut film from Scottish Book Trust showcasing the charity’s key areas of work. ‘I Read’ features a poem written by Edinburgh poet Tom Pow especially for the charity.

Then on Monday evening, ‘Scotland’s Greatest Football Rebel’ kicks off live at 7:30pm on Facebook. In partnership with Nutmeg Magazine, a panel including: Pat Nevin, former Scotland international and BBC pundit; Alan Pattullo, top Scottish sports journalist and biographer; Ginny Clark, former sports editor at Scotland on Sunday; Daniel Gray ‘Saturday, 3PM’ author, and Chris McQueer, rising star author of ‘Hings’ and ‘HWFG’, will debate who Scotland’s greatest football rebel is. Poet Thomas Clark will also perform a selection of work inspired by the beautiful game. Online viewers will be able to interact digitally with the event throughout the evening and will be able to vote for their own greatest football rebel via Facebook Live. Buy tickets for the event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre here.


On Tuesday 20th November, Scottish Book Trust will encourage the public to take part in #BookWeekScotlandSpinePoem: can you spell out a poem by stacking your books? Send your pictures to @BookWeekScot on Twitter or Instagram (@scottishbooktrust).

In the evening, top poets Michael Pedersen, Tom Pow, Nadine Aisha Jassat and JL Williams will do battle. Starting at 7pm, the 2018 Book Week Scotland Poetry Slam with be themed around ‘Rebel’. Returning champion, Katie Ailes, will open the night. Hosted by Edinburgh City of Literature’s Sian Bevan at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, this promises to be a pulsating night of competitive live poetry. Viewers can tune in via Facebook Live.



It’s all about Wikipedia on Wednesday 21st November. Delphine Dallison, Wikimedian in Residence at Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), will host a livestream workshop about using Wikipedia like a rebel. Delphine will set tasks and answer questions from the public via Facebook Live from 11:00am.


On Thursday 22nd November, schools across Scotland can tune into BBC Authors Live with Joseph Coelho from 11:00am. The poet and author will share his picture book If All The World Were and will talk about how to create poetry. Classes can register via Scottish Book Trust’s website and can submit questions for the author through Twitter (#BBCAuthorsLive).

The winner of the Rebellious Reads of the 21st Century vote will also be announced via social media. With a record number of votes received this year, since the beginning of October, the public has been voting for their favourite non-fiction Rebellious Read of the 21st Century via Scottish Book Trust’s website. Titles in the running include Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey, I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla. Members of the public can continue to cast their vote until midnight on Wednesday 21 November.

In the evening, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell will be in conversation at an exclusive event at Stirling Castle. The event itself sold out 48 hours after tickets went on sale, but the public can still drop into this exclusive event online. The First Minister and Maggie O’Farrell will discuss what being a feminist means to them, and how their reading lives have shaped their identities. The event will be held in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and Scottish Book Trust will live-stream the event via Facebook.



Pamela Butchart, award-winning children’s author of The Phantom Lollipop Man, will take part in a live twitter Q&A with primary schools at 10am via the First Minister’s Reading Challenge using #PamelaBookChat.

At 11.30am, author and illustrator of Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve, will take over. Tweet your questions to @philipreeve1 for our @FMReadChallenge Twitter Q&A tagged #PhilipBookChat.

Watch the ‘Story of Rebel Inc’ as Scottish Book Trust takes activist Kevin Williamson and writer Jenni Fagan around Edinburgh to revisit famous landmarks from one of Scotland’s most important literary magazines. Williamson launched Rebel Inc., which was one of the first places to publish Scottish writers such as Irvine Welsh, Laura Hird, Alan Warner and Toni Davidson. Later Williamson joined forces with Canongate Books to create the Rebel Inc imprint, which published 52 titles, mixing Scottish fiction with the international counter-culture and the politics of dissent. The video will be published across social media and Scottish Book Trust’s website.


On Saturday 24 November, Scottish Book Trust will search for your rebellious #HiddenBookTreasure. Tweet about an under-the-radar book that more people should really read using the hashtag, to @ScottishBookTrust.

Well known book bloggers will also share their Hidden Book Treasures: Simon Savidge, previous judge of the Costa Book Awards;Jen Campbell, poet and author of Franklin’s Flying Bookshop and Jean Menzies, podcaster of That’s Ancient History.

In addition to the Digital Festival, hundreds of free events and activities will take place all across the country for Book Week Scotland. View the full programme of events here.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

“At Scottish Book Trust, one of our key aims as a charity is to create digital content that can be accessed by all. The Digital Festival allows us to reach a more diverse audience from the comfort of their own homes. We hope even more people will take part in the Digital Festival this year, and we look forward to the public’s interactions via our social media channels and website.”

Mairi Kidd, Interim Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing, said:

“The Digital Festival takes Book Week Scotland onto new platforms, meaning that more people across Scotland and further afield can join in with our national celebration of reading. Getting to meet authors and illustrators can be a powerful way into books and the Digital Festival brings a host of amazing events right into readers’ homes, including the exclusive evening at Stirling Castle with Maggie O’ Farrell and the First Minister. It’s especially great to see the sport world getting in on the action, inspiring more Scots to give reading a try.”

Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh City of Literature, said:


“It’s fantastic that Scottish Book Trust run a Digital Festival as part of the Book Week Scotland celebrations. I love the variety of what’s on offer and that we can all be part of it, just by hopping online and firing in our questions and photos, and sharing our comments and thoughts.”


Remembrance Sunday Glasgow


A two minute silence will be observed at 11 am at the cenotaph in George Square, Glasgow, on Sunday 11 November to mark Remembrance Sunday.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday coincides with Armistice Day which will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.


Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, will lead Sunday’s ceremony and the Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery, the Rev Roy Henderson will lead prayers.

The Lord Provost said: “Remembrance Sunday is a day for reflection and gratitude for those who gave their lives in conflict to preserve our freedoms. Glasgow owes its military and veterans a great debt. This is an especially poignant service because it also signals the centenary of the end of the Great War.”

The Lord Provost will be joined by Baroness Goldie of Bishopton, representing the Secretary of State for Scotland, Graeme Dey MSP for the First Minister, Brigadier Robin Lindsay, representing the Army, Commodore J Perks, representing the Royal Navy and Group Captain Alan Cowan representing the RAF.

Others attending include Bernie Higgins, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Scotland and Alasdair Hay, Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue.

Representatives from Legion Scotland, serving military, clergy and others from civic life will also be there.

A Guard of Honour will be provided by the 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Music from The Lowland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Glasgow Youth Choir.

Members of the public wishing to attend and pay their respects should gather in George Square at 10.30am.

The Lord Provost in her role as Lord Lieutenant will later accompany HRH The Princess Royal at a special service at Glasgow Cathedral at 4pm, signalling the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War.


Glasgow’s P1 School Enrolment week – online registration opens

Online registration for Glasgow’s parents and carers to enrol their children for the start of the new school term in August 2019 is now live on the City Council’s website.

The Primary 1 school enrolment week will run from Monday 5 – Friday 9 November and following the success of the online form launched last year, the council is once again encouraging families across the city with children who turn 5 years of age between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 to log on and fill out the registration form.

Almost 6,000 parents and carers used the online form last year to register their child – introduced to make it more convenient than ever for parents to take part in the school enrolment process.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said: “Starting school is a significant step in a child’s and their parents or carers lives

“We have some of the best schools in Scotland – with significant investment made in across our school estate over the last few years.

“It is important for families living in the area to check out and research their local school and register there – as we strongly advocate – local schools for local children.

“Parents of course still have the right to make a placing request, and do so for a variety of personal reasons but we would always encourage them to consider their local school first.”

If submitting a placing request parents must register their child at their catchment school in the first instance.

Comprehensive information on stating school is published on our website https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18007

Families will be notified of their confirmed P1 place no later than February 2019 and schools contacting parents and carers to invite their children to special open days and visits ahead of the new school term in August 2019.



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AS TEMPERATURES drop, a £100 winter bonus is set to help around 15,000 older Glaswegians beat the freeze.

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Every resident aged 80 and over qualifies for the city’s Affordable Warmth Dividend – an annual payment made by Glasgow City Council to help households with heating bills.

But, with the scheme opening today, new claimants have been urged not to let strict new data laws leave them out in the cold.

Council leader, Cllr Susan Aitken, said: “Nobody in Glasgow should have to choose between heating and eating.

“We know this payment can make a huge difference to help some of those in our communities who are most likely to struggle with fuel poverty, particularly when the weather turns colder.

“In some cases, it can literally be a lifesaver – which is why it is so important that everyone who is eligible makes sure they get their cash.”

Anyone aged 80 or above, or who will turn 80 by 31 March 2018, is eligible. The dividend is paid to individuals, rather than by household, so each person aged 80 plus living in a property can apply individually. Residents of Glasgow care homes and those in hospital can also apply.

Those who received the payment last year and still live in the city can expect to get the £100 dividend automatically – with the council writing out to around 12,500 households this month.

However, new recipients – including people turning 80 – will now need to apply.

Previously, the council would also write to anyone it believed had become eligible for the first time, or had previously been eligible but not made an application. Updated laws on how personal information can be used mean this is no longer possible.

The easiest way to apply is via the council’s website and more information is available at www.glasgow.gov.uk/awd

Relatives can help the applicant complete the application, which must be made by 31 March 2019.

However, you can also request an application form or get further information by phoning 0141 287 7961.

Anyone who received the payment last year, but does not receive a letter by the end of November, should also contact the council.




Gambling Commission officials have been shown, first hand, how controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are fuelling problem betting in Glasgow.


Councillor Michelle Ferns took regulators on a tour of betting shops in Shettleston, amid growing anger over the UK Government’s decision to delay implementing a cap on stakes.


Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed the cut from £100 to £2, planned for April 2019 will now not go ahead until October next year.


The visit came as the UK’s Sports Minister Tracey Crouch resigned her post in protest against the delay in the crackdown on maximum stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.


Cllr Ferns said: “These machines are a social blight on communities across Glasgow – and I thought it was vital for the Gambling Commission to see first-hand how prominent they are in a place like Shettleston, which faces so many challenges.


“They were able to see for themselves in a high street like this how clustering and overprovision can see up to 10 outlets with four machines each in as little as a mile.


“Gambling addiction has a huge impact on our communities, socially and economically. I engage with families where problem gambling has led to spiralling debt, it can lead to homelessness and in the most severe cases suicide.


“So I appreciate the regulator taking up my invitation to visit Shettleston and see the negative impact of this on our streets.”


Research from Landman Economics has shown that the average FOBT user loses £192 a month, with the average user of machines already capped at £2 a spin losing just £22 in comparison.


Councillor Ferns was joined in Shettleston by Gambling Commission Executive Director Tim Miller, who got a first-hand glimpse of how betting shops have become clustered in many of our communities.


A prolific campaigner on gambling-related harm, with personal experience of how problem gambling can affect families and communities, Cllr Ferns has lobbied for the industry to provide more funding to support research and treatment.


She is also the former Chair of the council’s General Purposes Committee, which is currently gathering evidence on the public health impact of gambling.


Speaking after the visit, she said: “FOBTs are creating toxic high streets and current UK legislation does not empower Scottish local authorities and Licensing Boards to fight back.


“Even some UK Government ministers believe that pushing back the date on capping the stakes until next autumn is unjustifiable and could cost the lives of problem gamblers, some of them no doubt here in Glasgow.


“Miss Crouch said that £1.6bn will be lost on these machines during that delay. I applaud her principled position.


“Given the huge social harm being caused by these machines, reducing the maximum stake to £2 was the right decision. The Government now needs to back up its words with action.


“Further delays only serve to line the pockets of the bookmakers and does little to support those individuals and families whose lives have been devastated by the addictive nature of these machines.”


Council approves funding from Sustrans for active travel connections at new civic square


A Glasgow City Council committee today (1 November) approved the acceptance of a funding grant of £120,000 from Sustrans to develop active travel connections on and between the new civic square in Shawlands and Queen’s Park.


The new civic square, located outside Langside Hall at the junction of Pollokshaws Road and Langside Avenue, is expected to be complete in late 2018, and will feature high quality paving, new cycling provision, market space, a performance platform and lighting improvements.


Over 400 local residents and local businesses were involved in a consultation which helped to inform the final detailed design for the public square.


To meet the aspirations of the community to improve active travel connections between the new civic space and Queen’s Park, a new route was introduced along with associated cycle infrastructure that improves access between Shawlands Town Centre, the square and the park.  In order to meet the resulting increased project costs, an application was made to Sustrans Community Links fund in 2017 for these works which resulted in a grant offer of £120,000 from Sustrans.


The square is the third phase of environmental and public realm improvements to take place through the £3.3million Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan, which has delivered a range of environmental and public realm improvements across the area alongside other complementary initiatives to reinvigorate the area, support businesses and help attract further customers and visitors.


Work in the earlier phases included improvements to the public realm on

Kilmarnock Road, Pollokshaws Road, Skirving Street and Minard Road.


Councillor Anna Richardson, Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council, said: “The new civic square in Shawlands will be a great asset and a real community focus for the people of the area.  The active travel route connecting the town centre, the square and Queen’s Park will bring economic, social and environmental benefits, and so we very much welcome this funding from Sustrans.”


People’s Palace To Remain Open After £350k Plan Approved

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A £350,000 plan to ensure the People’s Palace remains open has been approved by the council’s City Administration Committee.

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Doubts over the People’s Palace had been raised due to structural issues with the adjoining Winter Gardens glasshouse, which provides fire escape routes for the highly popular social history museum.

However following a  feasibility and costing exercise, the £350k funding agreed by members of the committee will allow a series of proposed adaptations to the building to take place which will ensure the People’s Palace meets fire safety standards and can remain open.

With the Winter Gardens due close on January 1, 2019 after a report from a consultant engineer highlighted health and safety concerns with the structure, it is likely that the People’s Palace will shut on a temporary basis while the necessary permissions are gained and adaptations are completed. It is estimated the work to enable the People’s Palace to remain open on a longer term basis will take eight to twelve weeks and so any closure of the museum will be kept to a minimum.

The proposal placed before the committee also indicated that the current situation is an opportunity for a ‘complete review of the purpose and function of both buildings’, but also all of the city’s other remaining, historic glasshouse structures. A feasibility study will therefore look to identify a sustainable future for these buildings that will protect the long term investment that is required for them.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “There was strong, emotional reaction to the possible closure of the People’s Palace, which shows exactly what it means to the people of Glasgow. In the circumstances it is right that we have pursued a plan that will allow it to remain open independently of the Winter Gardens.

“The Winter Gardens is also a much loved part of the city’s heritage, but given its ornate and detailed design it will always require a substantial and expensive programme of repairs.  At this point it is also right that we take stock and look for sustainable options for both the Winter Gardens and the People’s Palace.

“This has to be part of a wider look at all our glasshouses and other built heritage. It is not enough to keep pouring money into our historic buildings and hoping for a different outcome, both physically and financially.

“We need to think creatively about how we use our built heritage so that the architecture that everyone in the city enjoys does have a sustainable future. This will be no easy task, but developing a heritage strategy will help us to determine what we need to do protect these buildings for generations to come.”

At this stage the issues with the Winter Gardens that the structure is in need of repairs and the sealant used to secure thousands of windows in the glasshouse has reached the end of its life cycle and requires wholesale replacement. After a pane of glass fell into the public area of the building in 2016, protective netting was installed around the glasshouse to prevent further incident at a cost £270k.  Since 2016 the gardens have had to be required to be closed during periods of high winds or heavy snow.

The structural engineers commissioned by the council identified a number of structural issues with the Winter Gardens with the current repair bill estimated to be £5-7.5m.

At further report will be submitted to the City Administration Committee in due course on the feasibility study which will explore options for the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and other historic glasshouse structures.


Housing investment plan could deliver almost 8,500 new affordable homes in Glasgow

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Glasgow’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the years 2019/20 – 2023/24 was today (1 November) approved by Glasgow City Council.

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Glasgow’s SHIP outlines Glasgow’s plans and priorities around affordable housing in the city to create an investment delivery plan for this type of housing development.  Based on Scottish Government resource planning assumptions, the SHIP could deliver investment of over £557million that would see almost 8,500 new affordable homes built in those five years.


It is part of the wider Housing Strategy for Glasgow, which has the following priorities:

  • Promote regeneration and enable investment in new-build housing
  • Manage, maintain and improve the existing housing stock
  • Raise management standards in the private rented sector
  • Tackle fuel poverty, energy efficiency and climate change
  • Improve access to housing across all tenures
  • Promote health and wellbeing


Glasgow’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan outlines the integrated delivery plans for affordable housing investment to meet the above priorities and to help create sustainable mixed-tenure communities in the city.


The SHIP was created following consultation with housing associations and other registered social landlords (RslS); private developers and contractors; voluntary sector organisations and other public bodies who operate in the areas of housing policy, development and delivery.


Among a number of priorities identified for the latest SHIP, foremost are the following: quality in design; community benefits; tackling homelessness; improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty; digital and technological innovation; and encouraging the development of more three-bedroom family homes.


The council is committed to working with RSLs and private developers to ensure they build the housing they have committed to timeously, given the intensive upscaling of housing delivery in Glasgow in the coming years.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of Glasgow’s SHIP is great news for the city, as it will see thousands of new homes for people and families being built.  The SHIP is important as it not only guides investment into affordable housing where it is most needed in Glasgow, but also improves the design, sustainability and the range of type of homes to be delivered in the city over the next five years.”


The SHIP will now be submitted to the Scottish Government.


Council approves High Street Area Strategy to regenerate Glasgow’s historic heart


Glasgow City Council has today (1 November) approved a new High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), seeking to breathe new life into the historic heart of the city around the High Street and Saltmarket.


Following a public consultation earlier this year, with the council hearing about the priorities of local residents, businesses and other organisations,  plans will now be put into action to better promote the area’s rich history and built heritage, support small businesses and the local economy, and enhance public realm.


The area is home to around 6,000 people and features a host of attractions such as the Barras, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, the Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tollbooth Steeple, and key locations on the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, as well as independent shops and traders, artists’ studios, bars, restaurants, the Glasgow City Innovation District and the Tontine centre of innovation.


The strategy will be overseen by a cross-party body, the High Street Reference Group, comprising all the councillors representing the wards covering the area.


The strategy, which will run from 2019 – 2023, contains a range of ambitious plans to support the area’s revitalisation. Key actions in the HSAS include:

  • Working with partner agencies to promote the preservation of built heritage;
  • Establishing a Heritage Trail to link the area’s visitor attractions and highlight historical points of interest;
  • Introducing a new “Meanwhile Space” initiative to bring vacant shop units into positive use;
  • Expanding the “Independent Retail Fund” to support shopfront improvements;
  • Exploring more opportunities for quality public space and active travel.


In response to concerns raised by local traders during the consultation process, City Property will also implement a moratorium on rent increases for its tenants in the upper High Street and Saltmarket areas, as well as improving its tenant engagement with local businesses.


Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council and Chair of the High Street Reference Group, said: “The High Street Area Strategy will guide the long-overdue regeneration of Glasgow’s historic heart, making a clear commitment to the area’s future with a range of initiatives to take the High Street forward.  The strong level of engagement from the public in our consultation earlier this year underlines the importance of the High Street to so many Glaswegians. By doing more to promote the area’s rich heritage and support the local economy, we can help make the High Street area the vibrant, celebrated district of the city it deserves to be.  I look forward to working over the coming years with local residents, businesses and council partners in delivering the city’s ambitious plans for this important quarter of Glasgow.”

The High Street Area Strategy can be found online here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=43009&p=0.



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.




Book Week Scotland 2018

Book Week Scotland 2018 runs from 19 November to 25 November
Drag Queen Nancy Clench with the Book Week Scotland Rebel Book at The Edinburgh Central Library.
The programme for Scotland’s seventh national celebration of books and reading was launched today, Wednesday 3 October, 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 herself, as well as others submitted from the public.
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.
There are hundreds of free events taking place across many different local authorities, funded by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC). Authors holding events include: bestselling YA writer and activist Juno Dawson; crime writer Ann Cleeves and outdoors expert and broadcaster Cameron McNeish.
Rebel Book
Free copies of the Rebel book can be ordered via Scottish Book Trust’s website. 100,000 copies have been printed and the book will also be available from libraries across Scotland during Book Week. The book contains 40 stories, including work from: bestselling author Sara Sheridan; playwright and performer Jo Clifford; Book Week Scotland ambassador and forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black, and Gaelic writer David Eyre.
An ebook and audiobook version of Rebel will also be downloadable from Scottish Book Trust’s website. Scottish Book Trust has once again partnered with Royal National Institute
Photograph by Martin Shields
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© Martin Shields


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.”