Theme of transformation for 2015 Book Week Scotland programme

Book Week Scotland programme announced

credit: Rob McDougall

Appearances from Diana Gabaldon, AL Kennedy, Val McDermid, Alan Cumming and Andy McNab

The programme for this year's Book Week Scotland has been announced.

Taking place from Mon 23–Sun 29 Nov, the event is centred on the theme of 'transformation'. The programme celebrates the power that books have to change lives, laws and the way we think; to bring new cultures and experiences into our lives, and to affect the way we form our belief systems.

As usual, author events abound, with appearances across the week from heavyweights such as Diana Gabaldon (author of the Outlander series), Kate Mosse, AL Kennedy, Michel Faber, Val McDermid, Arne Dahl and Paula Hawkins. If you prefer something a little more off-beat, there will also be special appearances from Brian Blessed and Cathy Rentzenbrink in unusual locations across the country. School pupils don't miss out either, as Danny Wallace and Melvin Burgess are touring schools throughout the week.

A new strand of the festival will also be launched – a campaign called #ThankBooks, which encourages members of the public to share the literature and people from the world of literature which have changed their lives. As well as the general public, celebrities, comedians and writers will also be sharing their life-changing book stories, including Alan Cumming, Ian Rankin, Louis De Bernieres, Andy McNab and Greg Proops.

As a pretty fitting end to a week celebrating the wonder of the written word, Scottish Book Trust has revealed that word connoisseurs can vote for the most shareable quote from a book. There's a shortlist of 40 and voting opens on Tue 6 Oct, with the top three most shareable quotes revealed on Thu 26 Nov.

Book Week Scotland runs from Mon 23–Sun 29 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.

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