Book Week Scotland 2019 promises another book-filled extravaganza

Book Week Scotland 2019 promises another book-filled extravaganza

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Nationwide programme of book events features Doug Johnstone, Helen Fitzgerald, Ian Rankin, Jack Monroe and more

Scotland's annual celebration of everything book, writing and reading-related is back, with a fabulous selection of events in November. Taking place over seven jam-packed days, Book Week Scotland 2019 brings authors and entertainers to venues all over the country in a book-filled extravaganza.

The theme this year is 'Conversation', so there will be plenty of chances to chat, ask questions and share points of view at intriguing-sounding events such as Souper Stories; Murder Mystery; Books, Beer & Banter and The Blether Bus. There will also be big names from all walks of bookish life, including Doug Johnstone, Helen Fitzgerald, Sara Sheridan and many more. In a special event hosted by Stuart MacBride, bestselling author Ian Rankin will chat about the launch of his 'lost' novel, Westwind.

Discover real-life stories from Scotland with 100,000 free copies of the Blether book available from libraries and other community venues throughout the week. Alternatively, read them online and be sure to dip into the free BWS Digital Festival for podcasts curated by poet Tom Pow, exclusive illustrations from artist Alex T Smith and much more.

There's also the chance to see unique events from food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, critically acclaimed comic artist Frank Quitely, award-winning romance author Jenny Colgan and poet and author Dean Atta, all as part of BWS's Pitch It strand. This innovative slant on book event programming asks libraries and community groups to submit ideas for an event with the authors, who then take part in the winning pitches.

Scottish Book Trust will also be asking the nation to help them find the most iconic Scots word. Will your favourite be on the list? Head online to vote before checking out the full programme, picking a few events for your diary and getting ready to blether about some terrific stories this autumn.

Various venues throughout Scotland, Mon 18–Sun 24 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.