Take part in Book Week Scotland from the comfort of your own home
- Sofia Matias
- 14 November 2018
After the success of the initiative last year, Book Week Scotland's Digital Festival is back with an impressive lineup of events
Book Week Scotland, a national celebration of all things literature, is taking on the theme of 'Rebel' for its seventh edition. The Scottish Book Trust is bringing together names such as Denise Mina, Liam McIlvanney, Juno Dawson and Joanne Harris for events all over the country during the week of 19–25 Nov, which are sure to inspire rebellious thoughts among audiences of all ages.
If you don't want to miss out on all the literary chat but can't make it to any events or simply want even more than what the regular programme has to offer, the Digital Festival is just what you need. In its inaugural year, the virtual event achieved an engagement total of over half a million people, reaching the final in the Scottish Charity Award's Demonstrating Digital category, and the quality is certainly not going down with this year's programme.
To start off the week of online exclusives there is a Scottish Book Trust film debut, I Read, showcasing all the important work the charity does year round. Then on the evening of Mon 19 Nov, Facebook will be the stage for a live screening of the panel event Scotland's Greatest Football Rebel, in association with Nutmeg Magazine. Daniel Gray, Alan Pattullo, Ginny Clark, Pat Nevin and Chris McQueer will discuss Scotland's football rebels, and you can even have your say by voting on your favourite via Facebook Live.
If photography is your bag, have a go at spelling out a poem by using book spines and share your results through social media on Tue 20 Nov using the hashtag #BookWeekScotlandSpinePoem. Successful or not, you can always take some poetic inspiration from watching the stream of the Poetry Slam later that evening.
Do you often find yourself having to do some research, but wanting to avoid the likes of Wikipedia? There's no need, and Delphine Dallison, Wikimedian in Residence at Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) will teach you how to be a rebel with the online resource through a livestream workshop (Wed 21 Nov).
There is even something for the younger bookworms, as schools will have the opportunity to tune into BBC Authors Live with Joseph Coelho (Thu 22 Nov), as the author discusses his new picture book If All The World Were and takes questions via Twitter (don't forget the hashtag #BBCAuthorsLive). Pamela Butchart, award-winning children's author of The Phantom Lollipop Man will engage with primary schools via the First Minister's Reading Challenge on Twitter, with Mortal Engines author, Philip Reeve, following suit (Fri 23 Nov, #PamelaBookChat and #PhilipBookChat, respectively).
For the unlucky people who missed out on tickets for Maggie O'Farrell in Conversation with Nicola Sturgeon (Thu 22 Nov), you can tune into a live stream of the event via Facebook.
From creative endeavours to having a chance to participate and learn from events taking place all over Scotland, there is definitely something for everyone in this year's Digital Festival programme. If you're needing to stretch your legs in between streams, don't forget there are hundreds of rebellious events also taking place throughout the week in the main Book Week Scotland programme.
Book Week Scotland, Mon 19–Sun 25 Nov.