BBC Scotland to air literature series based on Barr's Salon

BBC Scotland to air literature series based on Barr's Salon

BBC Scotland is launching a new literature series hosted by Damian Barr and featuring interviews with fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers.

“The Big Scottish Book Club”, airing later this year, will see the You Will Be Safe Here (Bloomsbury) author meet three writers in each hour-long episode of the four-part series.

Inspired by Barr’s popular Literary Salon and filmed in front of a studio audience it will also include chats with literature-loving celebrities. Producers said it aimed to celebrate books and authors from around the world while shining a spotlight on Scottish writers.

Barr (pictured) said: “Book sales are higher than ever and book groups continue to flourish (okay, drinking wine and occasionally talking about books). From Wigtown to Aye Write and Edinburgh International, Scotland has some of the best and busiest book festivals in the world. And we’ve given the world some of its finest writers.

"I’m delighted to host ‘The Big Scottish Book Club’ and invite everyone to join our conversation, readers and writers across the country and the world. Books are for everyone and so is this show.”

Gareth Hydes, commissioning executive, BBC Scotland, added: “We have worked to give his renowned salon sessions a Scottish twist for the new channel. There are a lot of great Scottish books and authors to discuss and invite on to the show, but it will also feature the international best sellers, which have got everyone talking.”

The news comes after BBC Arts announced its own season across TV and radio this autumn, alongside a year-long celebration of the novel. The schedule includes a three-part series called "The Novels That Shaped Our World".