Book Week Scotland: seven events for seven literary days
- Rebecca Monks
- 18 November 2016
From Graeme Macrae Burnet to Alan Cumming, we round-up some BWS events we're excited about
Book Week Scotland commences on Mon 21 Nov. As such, at this very moment, readers all over the country are flexing their fingers in anticipation of significant page turning, adding extra cushions to their reading nooks, and getting their good signing pen ready ahead of all the author meet'n'greets to come. There are hundreds of events taking place across the country over the next week, but we've managed to pick out seven that we're excited about. Whittling the list down was a task, but needs must. Besides, we're far too busy reading our free copy of Secrets and Confessions (the BWS publication), to write about them all.
Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project
Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of the biggest literary stars to come out of Scotland in 2016. His debut novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was widely acclaimed by critics. Here, he talks about the book, and his writing career in general.
Mon 21 Nov, Duntocher Library, Clydebank, 7.30pm.
An Evening of Poetry with Tom Leonard, William Letford and Rosanne Watt
Get lyrical with the work of these three poets. Tom Leonard's first publication, Six Glasgow Poems, was published by Tom McGrath's small Midnight Press in 1969. William Letford's debut collection Bevel was published by Carcanet in 2012, and Roseanne Watt is a student at Stirling University.
Tue 22 Nov, Tolbooth, Stirling, 7.30pm.
Having recently won the William McIlvanney Prize, Chris Brookmyre is riding the Tartan Noir wave all the way to literary fame. Here, he talks about his highly entertaining novels.
Wed 23 Nov, Low Parks Museum, Hamilton, 7.30pm.
Explore Un-discovered Islands with Malachy Tallack
Critically acclaimed author Malachy Tallack talks his latest work, The Un-Discovered Islands: an exploration of some of the world's strangest places.
Thu 24 Nov, Alexandria Library, 7.30pm.
Alan Cumming: You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams
Actor, author and activist Alan Cumming discusses his latest book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, a collection of anecdotes and photographs detailing his time in showbiz.
Fri 25 Nov, Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, 7pm.
Neu! Reekie!'s Neu! November
Multi-arts night, featuring the Emelle album launch, poetry from Hollie McNish and Neu! Reekie! founders and prize-winning poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, plus music from Withered Hand and Hailey Beavis.
Sat 26 Nov, Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh, 7.30pm.
Edinburgh Comic Arts Festival with Isabel Greenberg
With a focus on comics and comic creators, the Edinburgh Comic Arts Festival boasts a line up of local talent as well as special guest of honour and author of The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, Isabel Greenberg.
Sun 27 Nov, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 11am.