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Book Week Scotland: What are this year’s 10th anniversary highlights, how to watch online and how to get free tickets


This year marks a decade of Book Week Scotland and this November will see a series of events around the theme of ‘Celebration’.

Last year, more than 292,000 people took part in the annual event, held entirely online due to the global pandemic, and this year will be a hybrid of online and in-person events.

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Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Over the past decade, Book Week Scotland has become a highlight of the Scottish literary calendar, the national event where a wide range of partners celebrate the connecting power of reading and writing.

“This is where communities across Scotland come together to have conversations with writers and other readers, and where individuals from across the country share their love for the books and books they love.

Here’s what we know about this year’s event.

When is Book Week in Scotland?

The event runs from Monday November 15 through Sunday November 21, at venues across Scotland and online.

Denise Mina will participate in the launch of the 10th anniversary celebrations of Book Week Scotland with the screening of her new documentary “The Women Writers of Garnethill”.

Award-winning Scottish criminal author Denise Mina kicks off the celebrations at the Glasgow Women’s Library, where she filmed a new documentary called ‘The Women Writers of Garnethill’ with tour guide Melody House.

The film, exploring the contribution of women writers to the region and the city of Glasgow, will premiere on YouTube on Monday 15 November at 12:30 p.m.

What events can I watch online?

There is a wide range of virtual events, with many in-person events also available to watch online.

On Monday evening, there will be a downloadable role-playing game written by visual artist Adrian Barber. A team of stars will star throughout the game, including Marvel comic book writer Kieron Gillen; bestselling author Val McDermid; DC Comics screenwriter Ram V; Marjorie Liu, comic book writer and bestselling Marvel novelist; and award-winning cartoonist and comic book author Hari Conner.

Tuesday at 11am there will be a special Book Week Scotland event live with the authors live with Patience Agbabi, delving into the world of his time travel adventure stories, “Infinity and the Time Thief” .

On Wednesday at 12:30 pm, Book Week Scotland will preview a new documentary with former Makar Jackie Kay on her debut novel, “Trumpet”.

Thursday at 11am there will be a panel on Young Scottish Voices featuring Nadine Aisha Jassat, Chris McQueer and Cat Hepburn. They will present their writing and share how young people can use their own voices and experiences in writing and storytelling.

Then, Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Damian Barr Literary Salon will team up with Book Week Scotland for Scottish actor and author Alan Cumming in conversation with Damian Barr, poetry starring Lennie Pennie and Courtney Stoddart.

What are the highlights in person?

‘An Afternoon with Graeme Macrae Burnet’ will see the shortlisted author of Booker and Radio 4 serialized discussing his latest book ‘Case Study’ at the Pentlands Book Festival at the Corner Café, Edinburgh at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16.

In ‘Peter Bakes’, local ‘Bake Off’ winner Peter Sawkins gives a taste of his debut book with tips and tricks and stories from ‘The Tent’ at the Pentlands Book Festival at the Corner Café, in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, November 17, at 3 p.m.

Milnathort Town Hall will be the venue for a lecture by renowned Scottish author James Robertson on Thursday 18 November at 7:30 p.m.

“Writing crime set in St Andrews” will see the crime novelist talk about her DI series Clare Mackay, which takes place in St Andrews at St David’s Center, St Andrews at 10.30am on Saturday 20 November.

Finally, “Mayflies: An Evening with Andrew O’Hagan” will see Craig Smillie in conversation with the author about his recent critically acclaimed book at Glasgow’s Glad Cafe at 7pm on Sunday, November 21st.

What else is going on?

50,000 free copies of the Celebration book, which includes real stories from people across the country, will be available in libraries and other community locations during Book Week Scotland. The book includes 22 panel-selected stories, as well as commissioned pieces from Courtney Stoddart, Elle McNicoll, Eòghan Stewart, Mòrag Law, and Ross Sayers.

There is also a social media campaign, #ILoveMyLibrary, encouraging the public and top authors to join in and share their memories of their favorite or local library.

How to get tickets?

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