Book Week Scotland 2018

Book Week Scotland 2018

Embrace your inner literary (or real life) rebel as part of the national celebration of all things book

The seventh national celebration of books and reading will be making waves across Scotland with a series of 'rebel' themed events this November. Book Week Scotland is facilitated by Scottish Book Trust and works with partners all over the country to deliver a packed programme of events at community spaces and libraries in every local authority. Look out for big names like Juno Dawson, Ann Cleeves and Cameron McNeish among the bookstacks near you.

For the first time ever, library and community groups were invited to submit event proposals for collaborations with literary superstars. Bestselling author Joanne Harris, musician and activist Akala, public speaker Sam Conniff Allende and alt-musician and author Peter Kelly (aka Beerjacket) were all up for grabs and will be appearing at events throughout Scotland.

Get your unruly week off to a good start by heading to Cupar Library to hear about books that went against the grain at Banned Books and a Beer (Tue 20 Nov), or find out more about the rebels of Falkirk with Maggie Craig at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre (Fri 23 Nov). Help mark the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre's 40th anniversary at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Thu 22 Nov) and join Rosemary Goring as she chats about her book, Scotland: Her Story, at Aberdeen's Central Library (Thu 22 Nov). Or get limbered up for The Feminist Disco in Edinburgh, (Fri 23 Nov) where the music will be exceptional and the dancefloor welcoming.

If you can't make it along to any of the events, why not indulge in some rebellious reading? Writers and members of the public from all across Scotland have shared their real life stories of resistance on the Scottish Book Trust website. There will also be a lively Digital Strand to the festival, so you can tune in to the Book Week Scotland social media accounts for live-stream poetry slams, digital rebel debates and more.

Various venues across Scotland, Mon 19–Sun 25 Nov.

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.