book week scotland 2017

Book Week Scotland 2017 is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December.

Book Week Scotland 2017 a week-long celebration of books and reading 

During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

About Book Week Scotland

Scottish Teenage Book Prize – details and how to register your class

Some Highlights Book Week Scotland 2017

Judy Murray, The Mitchell Library

28 November 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

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The Mitchell Library

Tuesday 28 November, 217 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Judy will be talking about and signing copies of her extraordinary memoir, ‘Knowing the Score’. This event is brought to you by Glasgow Libraries who present Book Week Scotland. This event is in association with Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival. Tickets: £9+ booking fee.


Book Week at the Baths

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Book Week at the Arlington Baths Club

Swimming suffragettes, supernatural sleuths and end of the world are just some of the talks for Book Week Scotland 2017 at the Arlington Baths Club.

The Arlington Baths Club, in Woodlands, Glasgow, has organised a series of free talks and workshops for Book Week Scotland, including several events featuring a few of its talented members.

See the full programme

Ten Writers Telling Lies

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28 November, 2017

At Airdrie Library, Wellwynd, Airdrie, ML6 6BN

Ten Writers Telling Lies is a unique collaboration combining music and writing – which has resulted in a book and accompanying CD. Ten writers have written stories and poems connected with, and inspired by, the songs on the CD, written with Jim Byrne, whose previous CDs have been critically acclaimed.

Come along and enjoy some stories and song – there will also be a short Q & A session where you can learn about the project and the artists involved.

Full details

Book Week Scotland at West Dunbartonshire Libraries  

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27 November – 3 December, 2017

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

See full details and book. 

Louise Welsh at The Arlington Baths Club – 30 November, 2017 6 p.m.

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What would it be like to survive the plague? Could you make a good life in a brutal new future?

Join one of Scotland’s best novelists (and Arlington Baths member) Louise Welsh, to explore morality in the worst of times.  Tickets at Eventbrite

Full details

Bernard MacLaverty – Story on Page and Film, Kelvin Hall 2 December, 2017


2 December, 2017  3 p.m.  4 p.m.

How do we tell and hear stories both in writing and images? Is there a difference in how we feel about the stories we …

Full details

Storyathon at Kelvin Hall – 2 December, 2017

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You and your family can try your hand at creative writing, storyboarding and storytelling – then grab some refreshments and talk to researchers from the University of Strathclyde about why stories affect us in the way they do. 

Free and unticketed

Full details

Xpress Yourself – 3 December 2017

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Sunny Govan Radio  5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Part of a week long celebration on the radio of local published and unpublished writers, and spoken word artists, with readings and performances, hints and tips, and a space for listener’s submissions.

Join Carla Woodburn as she enlists the help of fellow spoken word artists from across Scotland for performances, debate and a whole load of fun!

Free – just tune into Sunny Govan

For more information about this event,

Jim McMillan 
Telephone: 0141 445 3741


The Ghost of Helen Addison – join author Charles E. McGarry 

Arlington Baths Club, 28 November, 2017

The wild and dangerous landscapes of the Scottish Highlands have long inspired gothic literature. 

Join author Charles E McGarry and enter the world of his singular supernatural sleuth Leo Moran in his debut novel The Ghost of Helen Addison. As Leo seeks to use his psychic insights to solve the murder of a young woman, he has to leave familiarity of Glasgow’s West End for the foreboding but beautiful Loch Dhonn, based on real-life Loch Awe.

Leading us even further into the dark allure of the mountains and glens will be Madeline Tait, who commented on an early draft of Charles’ book. She’ll share her enthusiasm for the work of the, once very popular but now largely forgotten, Victorian novelist Margaret Oliphant whose novel The Wizard’s Son is also set at Loch Awe. 

Prepare to enter the wild places of Scotland and the dark side of the Scottish psyche… 

6pm: Short tour of the Baths, 7.30pm: Buy a book and get it signed! Enjoy a drink in our cosy bar!

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