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Scottish History through Scottish Novels

Delve into 20th and 21st century Scottish literature to explore the culture and politics of contemporary Scotland. Books include Jamse Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 12 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

Wed 19 Nov

£50 for 11 weeks (£14–£25) / 0131 477 7801

…and 2 more dates until 3 Dec

Big Green Bookshop, London N22

Thu 27 Nov

Phone for prices / 020 8881 6767

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

With a script written by Dr E.J. Yeaman and presented by actor Steve Douglas, an interesting and entertaining afternoon awaits fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer and creator of one of our best loved detectives, Sherlock Holmes.

Kirriemuir Library, Angus

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 01575 572357

Part of Book Week Scotland.

The Royal College Of Nursing Library And Heritage Centre, London W1G

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 0345 337 3368

Songs of Edinburgh with Alexander McCall Smith

Author Alexander McCall Smith teams up with composer Tom Cunningham for a programme of eight songs inspired by old photographs of Edinburgh that are the basis for his new novel A Work of Beauty. McCall Smith is also interviewed by Jamie Jauncey.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Dec

£16.50 / 0131 668 2019

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Spoken Word Sundays

Appletree Writers and Friends One beautiful venue, three Sundays, twenty performances, each a unique showcase of amazing new writing, bringing together writers exploring everything from Scottish identity and feminism to ghosts and Lou Reed! Captivating showcases from the Scottish Writers' Centre, identity on tyne…

The Whole Works, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free tbc

Part of Book Week Scotland.

St Mungo's Mirrorball

A showcase of the finest poetry talent on the Glasgow scene.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 20 Nov

£5 (SMM Members free) / 0141 352 4900

The multi-award winning Ian Duhig is joined by poet and critic Miriam Gamble, lecturer in creative writing at Edinburgh University, and Christie Williamson, originally from Yell in Shetland.

Thu 4 Dec

£5 (SMM members free) / 0141 352 4900

Award winning poet Colette Bryce, originally from Northern Ireland, is joined by poet, writer and land artist Gerry Loose and Marion McCready, recent winner of the Melita Hune Poetry Prize.

Stevenson's Travels

A literary journey with the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, as they explore the work of the modern travel writing pioneer himself. Drop in for a couple of readings or stay for the whole day – the world's your oyster.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 556 9579

Stories from the NLS Shelves

Have a peek behind the scenes of the library with a curator, then after lunch there's a writing workshop based on the morning's experience, led by novelist and poet James Robertson.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 0131 623 3734

Stories From The Past Book Group

A historical fiction readers group. This month's books are Andrea Levy, The Long Song and Allende Isabel, The Island Beneath The Sea.

Whitehall, Cheam, Sutton

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 020 8643 1236

Tue 2 Dec

Free / 020 8643 1236

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Strange Tales From The Darker Side (Over 14s)

An interactive evening as Dr Nicolas Grimoire reveals strange secrets from the past, relates weird stories from Leicester's criminal past and calls on the spirits of the long departed.

The Guildhall, Leicester

Fri 7 Nov

£9–£10 / 0116 253 2569

Stuart Reid: Tales of Gorgeous George

Children's author Stuart Reid entertains with the anarchic tales from his popular Gorgeous George series.

Bo'ness Library

Mon 24 Nov

Free ticketed / 01506 778520

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Tales from the Turrets

Using puppets and a suitcase full of ferrets, this event introduces The Ferret Princess, Wag and the King, and The Mucker's Tale. There is time to talk about what it's like to be a writer and a chance to draw and name a ferret of your own.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 640340

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Tash Aw

Readings by the author of The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Map Of The Invisible World (2009) and Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate 2013).

The Forum, Norwich

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 01603 727950

Tea Box Poetry Jam

A night of poetry, from beginners to experienced bards, with plenty of open mic opportunities. Email to secure a spot in advance.

The Tea Box, Richmond

Mon 10 Nov


Mon 8 Dec


Mon 12 Jan 2015


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Tea Time Tales

Join us for some cosy tea time tales with storyteller Kate Walker. Don’t forget to bring you favourite teddy – pyjamas are optional. Suitable for 5–8 year olds.

Grangemouth Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 01324 504690

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Meadowbank Library, Polmont

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 01324 503870

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Teenage Reading Group (Over 12s)

A fun reading and discussion session.

Alexandra Park Library, London N22

Wed 26 Nov

Phone for prices / 020 8489 8770

That Dark Night: Poetry and Death

Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca and Richard Holloway are present for a candlelit discussion and poetry reading on the themes of life, death, grief and memory.

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 0131 229 7565

There's Been a Murder

Douglas Skelton is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter.

Carnegie Library, Ayr

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 01292 286385

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Tibor Fischer

A reading series with author Tibor Fischer. Fischer has written five novels and a collection of short stories, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993.

Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

Wed 10 Dec

Phone for prices / 01227 782797

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Tibor Fischer Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
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Travellers Tales

Jess Smith describes her experience of growing up in a large family of Scottish Travellers.

Mearns Community Library, Laurencekirk

Wed 26 Nov

Free ticketed / 01561 377298

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Tricolour: NLS Poetry Night

Three spoken word and performance poets with three different styles and three different outlooks take to the stage each month. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 0131 623 3734

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Dec

Free / 0131 623 3918

True Confessions of Professional Liars

Storytelling sensations Illicit Ink are hosting a night of true confessions from some of Scotland’s top writers and performers. Combining spoken word, storytelling and stand-up, the night is a chance for the performers to reveal their shameful secrets, unearth forgotten embarrassments and finally own up to their misdeeds.

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

£4–£6 / 0141 222 2254

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Ullapool Book Festival

Continuing the importance of literature in Highland culture, this festival brings together writers from the local area, Scotland and abroad and knows how to take care of its guests: the events are organised thoughtfully so that festival-goers can attend everything, and the Saturday sessions start with a bacon roll and…

Various venues: Ullapool

Fri 8 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 07754 835935

Sat 9 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 07754 835935

Sun 10 May 2015

Times & prices vary / 07754 835935

Vive the [R]évolution: Poems in Translation

Contemporary Scottish poets delve into French verse, explore the process of translation and examine the interplay between English, Irish and Scots Gaelic. Peter Manson, nick-e melville and Rody Gorman each take the spotlight for one night.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£3–£5 / 0131 225 5366

Madeleine Campbell gives a bilingual reading of prose and poetry by Mohamed Dib.

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