28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland 2017 is here!
The sixth annual Book Week Scotland festival is here (27 November – 2 December), and to mark the occasion Glasgow Libraries is inviting everyone in the city to tuck into a tasty selection of bookish delights.
With the nationwide celebration of books this year based around the theme of Nourish, Glasgow Libraries hope that the feast of free and ticketed events has something to whet the appetite of the city’s book fans, and encourage residents and visitors alike to explore what’s inside their local library.
Sixteen years on from his last novel, acclaimed Northern Irish author Bernard MacLaverty kicks off celebrations with a visit to the iconic Mitchell Library on Monday, 27th November. A reminder of his status as one of our greatest living authors, Booker-prize shortlisted author and BAFTA Scotland award-winner MacLaverty will discuss his new work Midwinter Break, a tender, heart-rending tale that comes forty years after the author’s first masterpiece.
Former Scottish tennis international and Scottish National Coach, Judy Murray heads to The Mitchell Library on Tuesday, 28th November. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the glory of SW19, not to mention her turn on the Strictly dancefloor, mother of tennis champions Andy and Jamie Murray, Judy Murray will discuss her extraordinary memoir Knowing the Score, charting the challenges she faced as she set about revolutionising British tennis.
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life said:
“Book Week Scotland offers the people of Glasgow the chance to head down to their local library and meet authors, other book fans and neighbours. Glasgow is a city of book lovers and I hope that Glaswegians city-wide will take the opportunity to pop into their local library during Book Week Scotland, and experience the joy of reading.”
The city’s crime-fiction fans are also in for a treat during Book Week Scotland. Award-winning author and founding member of Bloody Scotland, Lin Anderson discusses her new book Follow the Dead at Elder Park Library, while over in Shettleston Booker-prize shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet will be offering a glimpse into his eagerly anticipated new book, The Accident on the A35.
Other highlights include playwright and performer Alan Bissett exploring his love of reading and writing at Library @ GoMA, Glaswegian social media star Chris McQueer chatting about Hings at Partick Library and Godfather of Rock Tom Russell discussing his secrets of the music industry at Bridgeton Library and Library at the Bridge.
Of course Book Week Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a programme for young book worms too. Throughout the week more than 1,500 school children will be encouraged to feed their imaginations with authors and storytellers including Theresa Breslin and Mathew Fitt popping up in schools and community libraries.
And bringing Book Week Scotland 2017 to a close, the youngest Glaswegians will be treated to a day of magic and mischief across the city on Saturday 2nd December.
Legendary author of the Katie Morag series, Mairi Hedderwick and Thumble Tumble’s AH Proctor headline a fun-filled family day at The Mitchell Library, whilst author Vivian French heads to Knightswood Library, Gerry Durkin brings songs and stories to Riddrie Library and internationally renowned graphic novelists Metaphrog talk comics at Langside Library.
Book Week Scotland is delivered by Scottish Book Trust – the national charity changing lives through reading and writing – in collaboration with library services across Scotland, and supported by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Library and Information Council.
To book your tickets for Glasgow’s Book Week Scotland events, or to find out what else is in store in Glasgow Libraries, please visit: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/glasgowlibraries