The Jewel brings to life Jean Armour and Robert Burns’ dramatic courtship and their tempestuous marriage. With readings from her novel, Catherine Czerkawska will discuss the difficult and demanding research, the extraordinary discoveries, and why she came to appreciate Jean as much as the poet himself.
Burns’ best poetry was inspired by women. He was always falling in love, sometimes with disastrous consequences. His love poems are full of desire, tenderness and regret.
With Lady Joyce Caplan we follow his amours from youth to his final letter to his wife, and journey around the Scotland he loved
Explore the horror, romance, and darkness of Gothic tradition, through music and the spoken word. The journey takes us from the dark Scottish 'neuks' of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson, over windswept English moorland, across to foreboding labyrinths of old Germanic forests. The event features songs and music by Helen Clark, inspired by fiction from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Associated tales, readings and poems are delivered by master storyteller David Campbell.
Local writers with books published by small, independent companies, or those with self published books have been offered a room in a local hotel to promote and sell their books to the public and hotel guests. So far twelve authors have signed up for this with a variety of books on offer, including children's, fiction, non-fiction and anthologies
Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) is an international network of sibling studios, with a presence in thirteen cities including New York, London, Rotterdam and now, Glasgow.
Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers they admire. They attend to the social life of the book. A laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.
Treasure hunt in the shop. Search the books for Book Week Scotland stickers. Any you find complete with stickers, you can take home.
We have a very special Harry Potter book in the museum. To help celebrate we've invited puppeteer and storyteller Ailie Finlay to tell some magical folktales. After the stories make your very own puppet witch, wizard, elf or made-up magical being. You will then get the chance to play some games and do some role-playing with the puppets. Lots of sparkly fabric, bright wool, ribbons and fun! To book this session, contact the museum reception on 0131 529 4901. This special event is part of Bookweek Scotland 2016.
Indulge yourself in an afternoon of enjoyment and entertainment with bestselling author Jill Mansell as she shares her latest book You and Me, Always with us. Jill, who has written over 20 novels and who in 2015 received an outstanding achievement award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association has delighted readers with her feel good fiction and will be in with us for one day only. Don’t miss your chance to meet this talented bestselling author.
John Buchan’s classic novel seems tailor-made for screen adaptation with its breakneck speed plotting and country spanning locations, so it’s no surprise then, that it has been adapted multiple times. Despite this, it’s difficult to imagine Alfred Hitchcock’s original 1935 version ever being bettered. The story is perfectly served by Hitchcock’s signature ability to combine suspense, adventure and humour.
Jill Mansell is a much loved British romance writer with more than 25 brilliant books. Last year, she launched Three Amazing Things About You, which was one of her best-loved books to date and this year she's making a splash with You and Me, Always. Discover what makes her tick, where her inspiration comes from and how she manages to write so many beloved characters at this welcoming event.