Book Week Scotland is Scotland's first national celebration of books and reading, taking place from 26 November to 2 December 2012. The week-long programme of events is bursting with fantastic opportunities for people from all ages, interests and reading abilities, to embark or continue on a reading journey.
Book Week Scotland will encourage the whole nation to embrace reading’s unique capacity for empowerment, enrichment, education, solace, pleasure and growth. It will also provide a platform for everyone in Scotland to celebrate our exceptional literary talent, our history of literary excellence, and our rich creativity.
Scottish Book Trust has worked with partners across the country to create a diverse programme of events with some of Scoland’s best loved authors including Iain Banks in Loch Leven, Val McDermid in Orkney, Debi Gliori in Carnoustie, Janice Galloway in Benbecula, Christopher Brookmyre in Greenock, Vivian French in Glenrothes and many more.
Other highlights will include:
•A pack of three free picture books by leading Scottish authors for all Primary 1 schoolchildren in Scotland
•A pop-up festival at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow featuring authors such as Iain M Banks, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mairi Hedderwick and Waterstone’s CEO James Daunt.
•Distribution of 150,000 free copies of My Favourite Place – a collection of stories and poems written by the people of Scotland in association with BBC Radio Scotland.
•A national Reading Hour on St Andrew’s Day to encourage everyone to take the time to read
•Celebrations in schools including an Authors Live Poetry Slam with Lemn Sissay and other poets, broadcast live to all secondary schools in Scotland.
•The League of Extraordinary Book Lovers - a band of volunteers, aged from five to 75 who will make reading recommendations throughout the week.
The programme will also represent Scotland’s diverse communities. Some of the events developed with partners include:
•Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) Scotland will open its Transcription Centre in Partick, inviting people to learn how to produce a book for someone with sight loss, or create a piece of work in Braille.
•Shetland Arts is coordinating read-aloud sessions by local primary school pupils in care homes.
•Scottish Refugee Council and Words per Minute are hosting a Live Literature event celebrating refugee writing.
For more information visit the Scottish Book Trust website.