Book Week Scotland 2022 - Programme of events

Book Week Scotland is a week long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year Book Week Scotland runs from Monday 14 November 2022 to Sunday 20 November 2022.

During Book Week Scotland, people of all ages and walks of life come to share the joy of reading. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust - the national charity changing lives through reading and writing - will deliver events and activities across the country linked to the theme of 'Scotland's Stories.' Now in its eleventh year, Book Week Scotland was initiated by the Scottish Government. 

East Lothian Libraries will be hosting a variety of events that celebrate 'Our Story-Past-Present-Future'.  The Scottish Book Trust will be running various activities including digital events and information on these can be found on the Scottish Book Trust page or by following the Book Week Scotland Twitter or Facebook pages. We will also be highlighting events on our East Lothian Libraries Facebook and Twitter pages. 

A free book called Scotland's Stories, made up of true stories from people all over the Scotland, will be distributed to our libraries during Book Week Scotland.

Programme of Events

  • all Book Week Scotland events are free of charge
  • booking is essential - please contact the relevant library to book a space. 

Douglas Skelton author photo Tony Black author photoMarie McPherson authorTales to Treasure - Author panel discussion - Monday 14 November 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Musselburgh library

Join acclaimed authors Marie McPherson, Tony Black and Douglas Skelton for a fascinating discussion on how historical fact lends itself so well to fiction in their own writing and why readers are drawn to this unique blend of genres.  Booking is required. Please contact Musselburgh library on 01620 827827 ( ask for Musselburgh library) or email 




Scran eventExploring East Lothian's Historic Coast - Thursday 17 November 2022 at 2:30pm at Port Seton Library

Join Neil Fraser from Historic Scotland as he draws from the Archives of Historic Environment Scotland ( HES) to explore the rich history of the buildings, people and events associated with our coast. Using historic photography and modern aerial views we will see the changing landscape through time examining smuggling, World War defences, modern developments and much more! Booking is required. Please contact Port Seton library on 01620 827827 ( ask for Port Seton library) or email 



Black and white photo of the hull of the ship called Empire Windrush with passengers wavingTwo and Half Questions - Film Screening with question and answer - Thursday 17 November at 6:00pm in the Star room, John Gray Centre.

This 45 minute film explores the lives and aspirations of the windrush generation and their descendants. A fascinating portrait of the range of experiences that has shaped the black community in London over the past 70 years. Following the film, we are pleased to host a live online Question and Answer with the film makers, Marsha and Clovis Lowe from Oxygen Arts. Booking is required. Please contact the John Gray Centre on 01620 820680 or email 


WaggonwayWaggonway Project - Saturday 19 November 2022 at 10:30am to 11:30am in the Star room, John Gray Centre, Haddington.

Join representatives from Tranent and Cockenzie Waggonway group for a presentation and question and answer on the Waggonway project and publication of 'The Work Journals of William Dickson - Wright at Cockenzie 1717-1745.' Explore the fascinating story of William Dickson through his own words. His intriguing journals represent a unique cultural resource which can not only tell us about the construction of Scotland's earliest railway but shine a spotlight on life in East Lothian in the early to mid 18th century. Booking is required. Contact the John Gray Centre on 01620 820680 or email 


Alex Renton authorBlood Legacy with Alex Renton - Saturday 19 November 2022 at 12:00pm in the Local History Genealogy Room, first floor, John Grey Centre, Haddington.

Join writer Alex Renton as he discusses his book ' Blood Legacy: Reckoning with a Family's Story of Slavery'. During this fascinating question and answer session, Alex will candidly speak about the journey of discovering his own family's connection to the slave trade in Scotland and beyond, the moral implications it unearthed for him and the complex questions and consequences still left unresolved. Booking is required. Please contact the John Gray Centre on 01620 820680 or email 



Bondagers: bonded tae the land talk East Lothian Museums Service are hosting 'Bonded Tae the Land' a play by 'Catching the Past' - Saturday 19 November at 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Star Room, John Gray Centre 

Through drama, music, costumes and props,' Catching the Past' tell the fascinating and true story of the Bondagers - 19th century female field workers of East Lothian. This play features vocals by Rena Gertz. Catching the Past are a voluntary community group who create living history experiences. Booking is required. Please contact the John Gray Centre on 01620 820680 or email 


A taste of tradition digital cooking event A Taste of Tradition - digital event 

Join us as we visit Sarah Callaghan, at Haddington's Luca cafe as she recreates recipes supplied by East Lothian Council Archives department. Taken from a collection of papers from the Gibb family of Dunbar, the pages were penned in 1858 by John Gibb, who operated a popular bakery on Dunbar High Street. The recipes are thought to have been traditional staples of his shop. Filmed as a special digital event for Book Week Scotland 2022. The full video will be available on our YouTube channel