The Art of Reading: Murals for Book Week Scotland

For Book Week Scotland 2013 we wanted to celebrate reading, explore what writing and literature mean to Scotland and shout about the brilliant and essential place of libraries in communities across the country.

To do this we commissioned artists to create five new artworks which were unveiled on a different library across the country over the course of the week.

For inspiration, we asked five of Scotland's leading authors, Liz Lochhead, Angus Peter Campbell/Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul, Alan Bissett, Viv French and James Robertson, to come together and discuss what they thought was important about reading. Out of their conversation came five statements that have inspired the murals.

Below you can read the five statements. Click on each statement to see the murals in all their glory!

Scottish Book Trust worked with Pidgin Perfect, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary creative studio to deliver this programme of new artworks.

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Watch the short documentary about the murals

Watch the artists in action in this short documentary about how we created five murals on libraries across Scotland in one week!

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Monday 25 November

Castlemilk Library, Glasgow


"Reading is liberation, language is power. Free your mind!"

Tuesday 26 November

Banchory Library, Aberdeenshire

"We are all made of stories. Stories are all we are. What happens next?"

Wednesday 27 November

Inverness Library, Highland

"Bhiodh daoine a’ leughadh na h-aimsir: mar chomharra, mar shealladh, mar ghnùis, mar leabhar. Dè tha thusa leughadh?/ Folk would read the weather ... like a sign, a look, a face, a book. What are you reading?"

Thurs 28 November

Buckhaven Mural photo by George McLuskie

Buckhaven Library, Fife

"Reading is a form of transport. Everyone is entitled to a travel pass. Gaun Yersel!"

Friday 29 November

Bonnybridge/Rogue One - photo by Rob MacDougall

Bonnybridge Library, Falkirk

"A book is a conversation, a riot, a place of silence. Are you listening?"