East Lothian Council

Book Week Scotland

Published Friday 23rd November 12

Book Week Scotland

Local libraries offer full programme in celebration of national event

Lothian Library Service is joining in Book Week Scotland - the first ever national week long celebration of books and reading. Book Week Scotland runs from 26 November to 2 December and offers a programme of free events designed to encourage everyone in Scotland to participate in reading for pleasure, regardless of reading ability.

Across East Lothian libraries will be hosting a range of events including author visits, teenage book groups, creative writing discussions, songs, poetry, arts and crafts and children's and family events.

The 'Reading hour', taking place at 11am on 30 November, will be held across Scotland as a focus for Book Week Scotland. Library visitors will be able to pick up a copy of a free book 'My Favourite Places' which is the result of a collaboration between BBC Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust who invited everyone to think about their favourite place in Scotland, consider what makes it special and to then write a story, poem, song lyric, letter or sketch about it. The winning entries feature in this book.

All East Lothian libraries, except Ormiston and Wallyford, will be taking part in the Reading Hour.  There will be reading champions in each library to try and make sure everyone goes away with something they'd like to read; mystery books; poetry readings and much more.  Choose a library and join in the fun.

Another highlight event is on Saturday, 1 December with a Readers' Day at the John Gray Centre, Haddington. Alistair Moffat, director of Lennoxlove and Borders book festivals, will be discussing a project he's been working on for some time - Scotland's Ancestral DNA. Marie Macpherson's debut novel,  First blast of the trumpet is a highly entertaining exploration of the early life of John Knox. This book features many locations in and around East Lothian. Peter Kerr has also ventured into the world of historical fiction with his new novel, Song of the Eight Winds, an epic tale of 13th century Mallorca. There will also be a literary 'pub quiz', book swap, tour of the museum and musical entertainment. This is a ticketed event of £7.50 to include refreshments and buffet and full details of the complete programme and how to book where appropriate is on website.

Book Week Scotland is being delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write; funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to millions of people worldwide. 

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