Scottish Students’ Health and Wellbeing Tour by Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney
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Former Radio 1 presenter will discuss bullying, body image, heartbreak and activism

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, is bringing Gemma Cairney to Scottish universities and colleges for Book Week Scotland. The former Radio 1 presenter and author of ‘Open – A toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’ will speak to young people about mental health and wellbeing.

Gemma will visit University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr, Paisley and Hamilton campuses, as well as West Lothian College. Drawing on her own personal experiences, and the insights gained from her time as Radio 1's resident agony aunt on The Surgery, Gemma has created a toolkit designed to help handle any situation life may throw at you: covering such topics as bullying, body image, heartbreak and activism.

An important advocate for young people, Gemma will offer hope – and a huge comforting cuddle – to all of those attempting to navigate their way through the modern world.

As well as her tour, Gemma Cairney will also take part in events around the country for Book Week Scotland. On 28 November, she will be conversation with Natasha Pulley, author of ‘The Bedlam Stacks’ at 6.30pm at Waterstones Edinburgh. On Wednesday 29 November, Gemma will speak at Crichton Library in Dumfries at 2pm, and then at The Craft Hotel in Wigtown at 7pm.

There’s also a chance to win some of Gemma Cairney’s books by entering the competition on Scottish Book Trust’s website.

Book Week Scotland, a countrywide celebration of books and reading, was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by funds from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and event funding from Scottish Library and Information Council.

Book Week Scotland takes place from 27 November to 3 December. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust will deliver a huge range of events and activities across the country during the Week, all linked to this year’s theme of Nourish.

This year, for the first time, Book Week Scotland’s programme includes a Virtual Festival, a selection of free, online events that can be enjoyed and accessed by all via Scottish Book Trust’s web and social media channels.


Gemma Cairney said:

“I’m really excited to be touring during Book Week Scotland. Now more than ever, young people are thinking deeply about their future. We need to be honest and realistic about how we can safeguard the online world and encourage adults to talk about their concerns.”


Linda Hartley, Librarian at West Lothian College, said:

“With the support of the Scottish Book Trust we are, once again, privileged to be involved in Book Week Scotland. This provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share with our students and staff a whole host of new authors and ideas to enhance our appreciation and enjoyment of the world of books.”


Marc Lambert, CEO of Book Week Scotland, said:

“We are delighted that Gemma Cairney is able to join us during Book Week Scotland. Mental health is often a difficult issue to approach with young people, but with Gemma’s expertise, we are confident her tour will be a vibrant and enlightening experience for all involved.”


If you are interested in an interview with Gemma Cairney or would like a reporter or photographer to attend one of the events please contact

Press Officer Keara Donnachie: or 0131 524 0184


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Full schedule:

Thursday 30 November, 10:30am

University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

University Avenue



Location GT34 (report to Main Reception or Library for directions)


Thursday 30 November, 2.30pm

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley Campus

High Street



Location: Library, Level 2 Robertson Trust Building (enter via Storrie Street)


Friday 1 December, 11am

University of the West of Scotland

Hamilton Campus

Almada Street



Location: Library, Level 1 of the Almada Building – opposite reception


Friday 1 December, 2pm

West Lothian College

Almondvale Cres


West Lothian

EH54 7EP



For all media enquiries, please contact Press Officer Keara Donnachie: or 0131 524 0184



Notes to Editors

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. We inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure though programmes and outreach work that include:

  • Gifting books to every child in Scotland to ensure families of all backgrounds can share the joy of books at home.
  • Working with teachers to inspire children to develop a love of reading, creating innovative classroom activities, book awards and author events.
  • Supporting Scotland’s diverse writing community with our training, awards and writing opportunities.
  • Funding a range of author events for the public to enjoy and promoting Scottish writing to people worldwide.     @scottishbktrust


For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit Follow @BookWeekScot on Twitter, check out #BookWeekScot or like the Book Week Scotland Facebook page.


Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and