About Book Week Scotland Outreach

Scottish Book Trust works with and supports outreach partners who provide community, learning and development opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and communities. Their work includes supporting young people to develop skills for learning and life, helping adults improve their literacy/numeracy, and providing English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

During Book Week Scotland, we support these organisations in delivering special activities. These activities help extend the reach and impact of Book Week Scotland and promote reading for pleasure to a wide variety of audiences. This year, the organisations involved include:

Some of the activities these partners have planned for Book Week Scotland include:

  • Health & Social Care Alliance Scotland will be providing a “Reading, Writing and Self-Management” event to celebrate people using reading and writing to manage their long-term health conditions. A book published by the Pink Ladies 1st, a support group for women in Midlothian experiencing mental health problems, will be launched.

  • HMP Greenock will host a mini reading and writing festival called “Discovering Ourselves.” The festival will include poetry-writing sessions with Billy Letford and Rachel McCrum, and an illustration workshop with Hugh Bryden. The work generated from the “Discovering Ourselves” Project will be published in a poetry pamphlet for distribution across the prison, spreading the written word further and encouraging a reading culture whilst learners realise their own creative capabilities. Scottish Book Trust’s free book, Secrets and Confessions, will also be gifted during the festival. The project is expected to engage approximately sixty learners via the workshops; however, the gifting of the Secrets and Confessions books and poetry pamphlets will spread much further, promoting reading to all 260 inmates.

  • A literacy group with Highlifehighland, Inverness will upcycle an old chair to make it into a comfortable, chic piece of furniture to sit on and read in style!

  • The ESOL students studying at Fife College, Kirkcaldy will meet author Russell Jones who will provide a workshop around the theme “discover the story in your heart” for ESOL Int 2 and Higher.

  • Argyll and Bute CLD, Lorn Community Learning Centre, Oban will be providing many activities. Examples include: Oban High School Students/North Argyll Young Carers will be holding “costumed” readings. They will be reading at old people’s homes in the Oban and Lorn area. In addition, each of the 60 households on Lismore will be given a free copy Secrets and Confessions, delivered by volunteers during Book Week Scotland. An event with Jess Smith will be held for the travelling community and their support networks within Argyll and Bute. It will focus on the theme of discovery and sharing stories to help develop ongoing, sustainable interest in books and reading/writing.

To learn more about Scottish Book Trust's Adult Learning and outreach programmes, click here.