Joanne Harris, Akala and Ann Cleeves are among the authors who have signed up to take part in this year’s Book Week Scotland, which will run between 19-25th November.
Scottish Book Trust will run hundreds of events and activities across Scotland to celebrate books and reading and this year the theme is ‘rebel’.
Harris and Akala are participating in a ‘pitch-it’ event with libraries along with writer Sam Conniff Allende, where members of the public can pitch their ideas for book events, whilst authors like Ann Cleeves, Juno Dawson and Cameron McNeish will talk to audiences in libraries across the country. Claire Askew, a writer and tutor for women’s writing initiatives, will tour colleges on the East Coast of Scotland to talk about her new book, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)
Poet Joseph Coelho will be sharing his picture book If All the World Were... (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) to schools and pupils in the primary school years Primary 2 and Primary 3 will be given free bags of books, as well as writing materials and counting games.
Scottish Book Trust is also running a digital festival with virtual events, for example a live-streamed poetry slam, and will give away 100,000 copies of a book entitled Rebel, with stories from writers across Scotland, and on 22nd November, the charity will encourage members of the public to read for an hour at lunchtime as part of its ‘National Reading Lunch’ initiative.
Marc Lambert, c.e.o. of Scottish Book Trust, said: “We’re delighted to present another packed programme for Book Week Scotland, our national celebration of reading and writing. After listening to feedback, Scottish Book Trust is pleased to make 100,000 copies of the Rebel book available to the public. Many thanks to our partners and funders for making this programme possible, and we hope everyone joins us for Book Week Scotland, whether at a physical event, or by taking part in our digital festival.”
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: “As a life-long and avid reader, I know that there’s no greater pleasure than losing yourself in the magic of a book. That’s why I welcome today’s launch of 2018 Book Week Scotland programme, a flagship event of Scotland’s culture sector celebrating books, reading and Scotland’s rich literary.”
Book Week Scotland is supported by £200,000 from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding and £26,000 from SLIC (The Scottish Library & Information Council).