Book Week Scotland 2014 programme to include hundreds of free author events

Book Week Scotland 2014 programme to include hundreds of free author events

Scottish Book Trust – Jonathan Ley

Other highlights include artwork displays in libraries and free books for all ages between Nov 24–30

Free books for adults and kids alike, artworks in libraries, and hundreds of free author events across the nation are just some of the highlights of the third Book Week Scotland. It takes place from 24 to 30 November, and its programme has just been announced.

Every Primary 1 pupil in Scotland will receive three free picture books – Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins; Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray; and Lost for Words by Natalie Russell (the three picture books shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards). And for adults, 150 000 copies of the specially compiled Scotland’s Stories of Home will be distributed free through libraries, bookshops and other venues, bringing together short stories and poetry written by Scots.

Libraries are the focus of a major BWS celebration this year, with five large library artworks due to be unveiled in North Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Shetland, aiming to highlight the institutions’ value in their local areas. And readers will be encouraged to write a love letter to their library – to be posted, emailed or dropped off at their favourite location, explaining the positive impact that these institutions have made to their lives.

The Scottish Book Trust, which runs BWS, is keen that readers and book lovers should get involved. A Reading Pledge offers a choice of online promises – to finish a book you’ve never got round to, for example, or to read with your children each night – that can be shared on social media and carried out during the week. And there’s an online vote for the best-loved character from Scottish books – from Harry Potter to Begbie to Rebus – with the winners revealed on 28 November.

Sophie Moxon, acting director of the Scottish Book Trust, explained: ‘We will provide opportunities for everyone at every stage of the reading journey to get involved. It is well known that a love of reading brings lasting social and emotional benefits, helps build families and, at its most powerful, transforms lives. We also know that a lot of reading is one of the great levellers in society. But reading is also just finding a book that you enjoy and losing yourself in it.’

Book Week Scotland, various venues across Scotland, 24–30 November.

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.