A national celebration of reading: Culture Secretary announces Book Week Scotland 2012

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Scotland will host its first ever national week-long celebration of reading in 2012 – The Year of Creative Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced today.

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs joined author Ian Rankin and Scots Makar Liz Lochhead at the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh today, to announce that Book Week Scotland will be held from Monday November 26 until Sunday December 2, 2012.  

People the length and breadth of Scotland will be encouraged to engage in the first ever week-long national celebration of reading, and to participate in a range of free events to be held throughout the week. 

Initiated by the Scottish Government, Book Week Scotland will be delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland.

Scottish Book Trust will work with authors, workplaces, libraries and schools across the nation to deliver a packed programme of free projects and events, bringing Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate books and reading.  

Key partners including Scottish Libraries and Information Council, Publishing Scotland, and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature will help to deliver Book Week Scotland activity.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: 

“Book Week Scotland will be a national, inclusive celebration of reading. It will encourage Scots from all backgrounds, of all ages and with all interests, to embark or continue on a reading journey. It will also provide a platform – in our Year of Creative Scotland - to celebrate our nation’s exceptional cultural, creative and literary talent.

“The Scottish Government is firmly committed to increasing learning through the arts and culture, and to promoting the value of taking part in cultural activity. Through Book Week Scotland, we hope to engage the whole of Scotland in these important aims.”

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: 

“Above all, Book Week Scotland will be a celebration of books and reading, providing everyone across Scotland with the opportunity to get involved, and with the inspiration to begin or continue their reading journey, to share old favourites and to discover new must-reads.”

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, said:  

“Book Week Scotland will celebrate Scotland’s love of writers and reading. It’s a great national initiative for this Year of Creative Scotland and has the potential to grow into another calendar event for Scotland.”

The development of Book Week Scotland is being supported with £150,000 from Creative Scotland’s Year of Creative Scotland programme, which is funded with investment from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Scottish Book Trust is working with a range of partners to lever additional funding and support.  

As part of the national celebration, Scottish Book Trust will publish an anthology of writing celebrating Scotland‘s favourite places. Written by members of the public and commissioned authors, thousands of copies of My Favourite Place will be distributed free throughout Scotland during Book Week Scotland. 

The full programme of events will be announced in the Autumn.


  • A photograph from this afternoon’s launch is available on request. The Book Week Scotland logo can be downloaded via https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1hcaq2klqo3pjlb/E4URV5TxZY
  • For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit www.bookweekscotland.com. Follow @Bookweekscot on Twitter, check out the #happyreading hashtag or like our Book Week Scotland Facebook page.
  • Entries can be submitted for possible inclusion in the My Favourite Place anthology until August 31, 2012. Submissions can be made online at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/myfavouriteplace.
  • Scottish Book Trust is the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to over 10 million people worldwide. www.scottishbooktrust.com 
  • The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is spotlighting, celebrating and promoting Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage, and positioning Scotland as one of the world’s most creative nations to audiences at home and across the world. Through a dynamic year-long programme of activity we are celebrating our world-class events, festivals, artistic and cultural heritage. Visit www.creativescotland.com for more information. 


Catherine Brown:  0131 244 2547 / 07825 106156