Yesterday marked the launch of one of my favourite events on the cultural calendar: Book Week Scotland 2013.
Now in its second year, Book Week Scotland is, as the name suggests, a week-long national celebration of books and reading from 25 November to 1 December 2013.
Last year I blogged on behalf of the event’s organisers, Scottish Book Trust, and got a flavour of all of the events that took place across the country. You can read the blog archive on their website.
This year, Book Week Scotland will host over 400 book-related events in 349 different locations. You can see the full programme over here – but first, I want to give you some of my picks.
- Book Week Scotland Pop Up ShopEveryone loves a pop-up, right? One of my favourite things about the local book festivals like Aye Write and Edinburgh Book Fest are the book shops featuring work by the authors who are taking part. This year, the pop-up shop at the Mitchell library will be showcasing and selling the best of books from Scottish Publishers. Looks like someone’s book buying ban will be out the window a week or two early…
- Reading Hour
It’s back! This was one of my favourite elements of last year’s event. It’s an opportunity to do exactly as it says – allocate 1 hour in the week to sit down and have a read. This year it’s on Friday 29 November at 11am, and I’m planning to take part at the newly re-opened Glasgow Women’s Library with tea, cake, and some fellow readers.
- Big Book Bash
In addition to the Reading Hour, this year BWS is inviting participants to host their own Big Book Bash! This is a celebration of reading of any kind, in any shape or form, at any time or place during Book Week Scotland 2013, giving everyone a chance to express what makes reading fun for them. I, for one, have a few ideas already…
- Allllll of the eventsLook, there are too many to pick, but some amazing local events have already jumped out at me including the Book Brunch (well, it’s far away, but sounds brilliant), Words Per Minute, and Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure. Take a look at the full programme for yourself.
- A free book!
Finally, Book Week Scotland has created a special book for the event. Last year it was My Favourite PLace, a collection of stories from Scottish people about their favourite place in the world. This year it’s Treasures, a short story and poem collection written by the people of Scotland, which will be distributed across the country – so keep an eye out for it at Book Week events.