Edinburgh set to celebrate Book Week Scotland

Next week, people across the country are set to celebrate Book Week Scotland in their libraries, schools, community centres and at home.

As a City of Literature, it’s no surprise Edinburgh has got its own calendar packed with activity, so we’ve rounded up some of the top events taking place in libraries during the week.

Culture and Sport Convener, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “Edinburgh Libraries have a fantastic programme of events year-round, but Book Week Scotland is a great opportunity to showcase what’s on offer across the service. There’s a real variety to enjoy, from top authors to interactive workshops, and I would encourage the public to check out their local library during this week.”

Monday, 21 November

Leith-based author Millie Gray will be kicking off the week of events at Portobello Library, where she will be reading from her new novel, Moving On, a war-time tale of love and friendship. The playwright and storyteller, who is also Arts Champion for Older People in Scotland, will appear at the library at 6.30pm.

On the other side of town in Currie Library, renowned poet and former Currie High pupil Kathleen Jamie – now Professor of Poetry at Stirling University – will discuss poetry, travel and nature writing from 6.30pm as part of the Pentlands Book Festival.

Tuesday, 22 November

Have a go yourself at Craigmillar Library, where award-winning performance poet and writer Aitch Giles will be running a performance workshop for writers, dramatists or anyone else who wants to learn to perform on-stage. The event, which is in association with #artcore and Craigmillar Book Festival, begins at 8pm.

In a first for Edinburgh Libraries, author, screenwriter and director Ewan Morrison will deliver a TEDx talk at McDonald Road Library arguing against a utopian viewpoint. Would utopia make us less happy? Come along from 6.45pm to decide!

Wednesday, 23 November

Love a crime novel? Join the Faber Crime Panel, consisting of leading crime writers Sarah Ward, Doug Johnstone and Rod Reynolds, at the Central Reference Library from 6.30pm, where they will be discussing their latest novels and taking questions from the audience.

Budding poets can test out their own material at the East Neighbourhood Partnership Poetry Competition Open Mic Night – 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Craigmillar Library. Entries to the competition can be submitted to the library or by email throughout Book Week Scotland, with a prize-giving ceremony to take place on 17 February 2017.

Thursday, 24 November

On Thursday, head along to Colinton Library for a bumper day of activity as part of Pentlands Book Festival, which is running from 11 to 26 November. Throughout the morning, five local authors - Nicola Barry, David Broderick, Neil McLennan, Bob Paterson and John Samson – will discuss their experiences of getting into print. Later on at 2pm, chef Ruth Shannon will speak about her book Scottish Country Kitchen, offering cooking tips and even samples of her cuisine. Finally, at 3.30pm, Carol Tweedie will give an insight into her historical novel, Fair Isle Ghosts, based on the stories of two of the families living on the Fair Isle in the 19th Century.

Friday, 25 November

Bring the tots for a Teddy Bears’ Sleepover at Colinton Library, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, where children aged three to five years old can enjoy stories and songs, before tucking their cuddly toys up for a night in the library. What will they get up to while their owners are away?

For the adults, best-selling author Maggie O’Farrell will guest at the Central Library from 6pm. The Costa Novel Award-winning writer will discuss her seven novels, including bestseller Instructions for a Heatwave and her latest book, This Must Be the Place.

Saturday, 26 November

Children from Currie, Nether Currie and Juniper Green Primary Schools will share their specially-prepared poetic tweets on the beauty of the streets on which they live at Currie Community High School Library. This is part of Tweet Your Street, an initiative developed to capture the essence of our streets on social media. Enjoy the poetry along with music from the community choir from 2pm.

Sunday 27 November

Why not curl up with your favourite book? Or if you can’t decide what to read, challenge yourself or a friend to a Book Week Scotland dare! Share on social media to be in with the chance of winning a bag of books.

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