Welcome to Book Week Scotland 2017

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Category: Reading

It’s finally here! Our week-long celebration of everything books has returned for 2017. We’re so excited that we can finally share Book Week Scotland with the people that make it a success every year.  

This year, we’re working with over 100 partners, delivering hundreds of events across Scotland. It’s been great for us to see all the events come together over the past few months and to work with so many enthusiastic partners, committed to getting as many people as possible excited about, and engaged with, Book Week Scotland.


This year, we’re working with over 100 partners, delivering hundreds of events across Scotland

An Event-Full Week

With so many great events planned, there’s still plenty of time to get involved in Book Week Scotland. Why not come along to an evening with tennis pioneer Judy Murray who will be discussing her first book Knowing the Score at three events during Book Week? Or join DJ and author Gemma Carney as she discusses her first book Open, a self-help guide for teenagers and adults alike. These are just a couple of examples; visit our events page to find out more about what's happening near you.  


Nourish Up Your Reading List

This year you’ll also be able to access our free eBook, Nourish, made up of 39 pieces of writing from the people of Scotland. We were extremely grateful to receive over 400 submissions from people across Scotland on what Nourish means to them. Eventually, the final pieces were selected to be part of the eBook, which is available to download from our website today. It also features some specially commissioned pieces from Liz Niven, Mary Contini and one half of the Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers.

Additionally, we’ve also been working closely with RNIB Scotland to produce an audiobook version of the eBook and this year we’re really excited that the voices you hear will be the authors themselves. All the recordings are available on our website, and you can listen to them here.

We'll also have plenty of brand-new book lists available throughout the week. Time to add to that TBR pile!


Our Virtual Festival will give every person with an internet connection the chance to get involved in Book Week Scotland

Virtually Amazing

This year, for the first time ever, we're rolling out a Virtual Festival. The Festival will give every person with an internet connection the chance to get involved in Book Week Scotland. There’s lots of fantastic content planed for the week, including Crime Writer’s Cluedo with Val McDermid, Stuart McBride and Doug Johnstone; a three-course, literary-inspired meal cooked by Edinburgh Food Studio’s Ben Reade; and an Unboxing Video featuring some well-known bookish vloggers. Check out the full schedule to see what you can get involved in throughout the week.



Don't forget to cast your vote for your favourite song based on a book or poem! The vote closes on Tuesday, so don't delay! We'll announce the top 10 finishers on Thursday.

We hope wherever you are you are able to celebrate the power of books and reading with us and on behalf of everybody here at Scottish Book Trust we wish you all a very happy Book Week Scotland! 


Have a Lunch Date with a Book

Gather friends, family, students or co-workers, or simply grab your latest read and enjoy it over lunch on St Andrew's Day this Thursday. We're calling on the people of Scotland to sit down and enjoy a reading lunch this week. If you want to get fancy with it, you can find plenty of ideas here.


Bid for Money-Can't-Buy Items

We're auctioning off a signed first edition Harry Potter book, a personal illustration by Chris Riddell and a one-on-one consultation with a leading literary agent. Get someone you love (or yourself!) the most amazing present ever!


Share Your Thoughts

What did you think of Book Week Scotland? Fill out our quick survey to let us know what you loved (or hated) and be in with a chance to win an IKEA gift certificate.

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