Book Week Scotland 2017 , West Dunbartonshire Libraries
27 November – 3 December, 2017
Various Libraries throughout West Dunbartonshire
Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading throughout Scotland. This year’s theme is ‘Nourish’ so be kind to yourself and join in the celebration as people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.
Book Week Scotland 2017 is taking place this year from Monday 27 – Friday 1st December and West Dunbartonshire Libraries have fantastic line-up for you to enjoy.
Also see special displays on during Book Week – library staff will be available to introduce you to new books or authors.
All events are Free.
Programme of Events
Mon 27th November, 2017
Glasgow was the focus of a daring experiment with modernist architecture in the 1950s and 1960s, which involved people being cleared from 19th century slums and moved to vast tower block estates far from the city centre. They initially offered a huge improvement from the old slums but they were lacking facilities and a sense of community. These problems were compounded by a lack of investment and poor build quality, meaning these modernist edifices quickly fell into serious neglect.
‘Chris Leslie is the foremost chronicler of the changing face of Glasgow over the last decade.’ -A Thousand Flowers
Wednesday 29th November
at 7.30 pm
Bernard MacLaverty has produced an incredible body of work with novels such as Cal, Lamb and Grace Notes, as well as highly acclaimed collections of short stories. His latest novel is Midwinter Break. A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar – but over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties which exist between them.
Friday 1st December
at 7.30 pm
Join Martin Stepek, one of Scotland’s foremost Mindfulness teachers, Author, Sunday Herald Mindfulness Columnist & Founder of Ten for Zen to learn about Mindfulness and be inspired to a new Mindful life. In this talk Martin will begin to guide you towards changing and improving all areas of your life with Mindfulness, with the ultimate goal of feeling happier, being more relaxed and enjoying life.
Tuesday 28th November
at 7.30 pm
Angus McMillan was feted as a pioneer and explorer of the Australian frontier. He had left the Scottish Highlands in 1837, and inspired by his fame, his great-great-great niece, Cal Flyn, followed in his footsteps, only to discover that her ancestor was not the paragon of Victorian virtue that she had been led to believe. McMillan, a one time champion of the underdog and liberty was actually the Butcher of Gippsland, the leader of a band called the Highland Brigade, who wiped out the Aboriginal Gunai tribe.
“A meaty read about the tendrils and overhang of British colonialism. Read it if you want to ask big questions about Britain, race and responsibility.” – Reni Eddo-Lodge, Best books of Summer 2016, The Guardian
Ready Steady Atbakh
Thursday 30th November
Clydebank Town Hall
at 3.30 pm
Ready Steady Atbakh was a cookery programme delivered with Linnvale Primary School where Scottish & Syrian families cooked & shared food to promote positive relationships. Parents & children prepared a typical family meal and this was shared with other participants. West Dunbartsonshire are launching a recipe book – join them for a celebration of this fantastic programme – hear about the participants’ favourite recipes and experience some authentic Scottish and Syrian cuisine. (Sounds like a wonderful project).
- I Remember It Well Symposium, Paisley
- The Scottish Witchfinder by Jacqueline Smith
- John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside by Henry Bell
- Hollie McNish OranMor
- Three Kinds of Kissing by Helen Lamb Book Launch
- After He Died Book Launch, Michael J Malone
- Stuart Paterson, Write on Cue!
- An Evening with Nawal Slemiah, Project Cafe Glasgow
- Bloody Scotland, 2018
- STAGE Multimedia Exhibition
- Stuart Cosgrove, ‘Harlem 69’ Book Launch
- Richard Holloway, Creative Conversatons
- Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel
- All The Time We Thought We Had, Gordon Darroch Waterstones
- Cheeky Besoms Speakeasy and Open Mic Night Glasgow
- She’s En Scene Women’s Film Screening and Discussion, Glasgow
- With Their Best Clothes On, New Writing Scotland Launch
- The Big Chair – Autumn Voices – Robin Lloyd-Jones
- An Evening with Charles McGarry, Waterstones Sauchiehall Street
- Public Lecture of the Publishing Scotland’s International Fellows Glasgow – review by Mary Irvine