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About Book Week Scotland: Edinburgh & Lothians

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.

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.

Book Week Scotland is run by Scottish Book Trust and supported by partners all over Scotland.

Upcoming Events

Neil Forbes and Tom Pow: the Chef and the Poet

Neil Forbes and Tom Pow: the Chef and the Poet

27 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Neil Forbes and Tom Pow join together for an evening featuring the poems and tastes of Scotland.
Book Week Scotland: An Evening with Rachael Lucas and Catherine Simpson

Book Week Scotland: An Evening with Rachael Lucas and Catherine Simpson

27 November 2017
Join Rachael Lucas, and Catherine Simpson as they discuss how their lived experiences of autism informed their books.
Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic House Art Exhibition

Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic House Art Exhibition

27 November 2017 - 03 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Lesley Riddoch’s Nordic House Art Exhibition explores the links between Scotland & Nordic nations.
eResources Roadshow

eResources Roadshow

27 November 2017 - 02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Drop-in and learn about all the different eResources your East Lothian Libraries provide.
All Attention on Jane

All Attention on Jane

27 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Local author Jane Tulloch talks about her novel, Assured Attention at Loanhead Library.
In the Freethinker’s Footsteps

In the Freethinker’s Footsteps

27 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join historical novelist Heather Richardson for a talk and tour of Thomas Aikenhead's Edinburgh.
Rita Bradd: Salt and Soil Tour

Rita Bradd: Salt and Soil Tour

27 November 2017 - 02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Rita Bradd as she chats and reads some of her wonderful poems at various libraries.
Walks & Talks of Gorebridge

Walks & Talks of Gorebridge

27 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Local resident and experienced hiker Ann Dunn leads us on a journey around Gorebridge in this talk at Gorebridge Library.
Stories and Songs from Palestine: San Ghanny launches its book

Stories and Songs from Palestine: San Ghanny launches its book

27 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: San Ghanny launches its book about Palastine with songs, stories and pictures.
Fantastical Flights of History with Natasha Pulley

Fantastical Flights of History with Natasha Pulley

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come and listen as Natasha Pulley discusses her books, her writing process and some of her insight into the what made the Victorians tick.
Hunger Pains : Foodbank Britain with Kayleigh Garthwaite

Hunger Pains : Foodbank Britain with Kayleigh Garthwaite

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join us for a challenging, informative and ultimately empowering exploration of the human impact of austerity - and what we can and should be doing about it.
St Andrew and the Saltire

St Andrew and the Saltire

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Michael Turnbull, East Lothian based historian, will be exploring the origin of the Saltire Flag in the Vision of Constantine the Great.
Des Dillon’s Glasgow Dragons

Des Dillon’s Glasgow Dragons

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come and hear Des Dillon reading and discussing his work, and answering questions about his career and his writing life.
Crashingly Good Crime Writing

Crashingly Good Crime Writing

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come and hear Doug discuss his works and follow the path from his PhD in nuclear physics, to his characters being brought to their knees.
A hike across the Pyrenees

A hike across the Pyrenees

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Duncan Priddle, Countryside Officer, talks about achieving his long held ambition of hiking the entire length of the Pyrenees on the GR11.
Around the Kitchen Table - Rethinking Stories from Home

Around the Kitchen Table - Rethinking Stories from Home

28 November 2017 - 29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Create our own pieces of writing on the theme of Nourish in this workshop at the National Library of Scotland.
Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter

Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Mary Contini picks up the thread of her family story from 1934 in Naples to the establishment of the family business — Edinburgh's acclaimed Valvona & Crolla.
Explore the Heritage of Riccarton and Currie

Explore the Heritage of Riccarton and Currie

28 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Find out about the heritage of Riccarton, Currie and the surrounding area with maps, photographs and documents from Heriot-Watt University’s archives.
Book Week Scotland: An Evening with Natasha Pulley

Book Week Scotland: An Evening with Natasha Pulley

28 November 2017
Natasha Pulley discusses her books at Waterstones - West End on November 28th as part of Book Week Scotland.
Let’s Talk About The Other Mrs Walker

Let’s Talk About The Other Mrs Walker

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Waterstones invite you to a very special one-off Book Group, with the fabulous Mary Paulson-Ellis.
Joy of Spines

Joy of Spines

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Graeme Hawley — General Collections Manager at the Library — presents this slide show and found poem, comprised entirely of book spines.
Gore and More: Dissecting Caro Ramsay

Gore and More: Dissecting Caro Ramsay

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: What better way to spend a chilly winter evening than by joining the magnificently macabre Caro Ramsay.
Unspeakable: A Local Tale of Blasphemy With Dilys Rose

Unspeakable: A Local Tale of Blasphemy With Dilys Rose

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join us at the Amnesty Bookshop in Marchmont where Dilys Rose will be helping us to toast our first birthday, by delving into the local history of freedom of expression.
The Beard of Doom and the Godfather of Rock

The Beard of Doom and the Godfather of Rock

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Tom Russell, the Scottish Godfather of Rock, comes to Loanhead Library to celebrate Book Week Scotland.
A Very Natural Childhood: An Evening with Sir John Lister-Kaye

A Very Natural Childhood: An Evening with Sir John Lister-Kaye

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: The newly opened Patrick Geddes Centre plays host to An Evening with Sir John Lister-Kaye as he discussed his new book.
Butchering Art: Lindsey Fitzharris & the origins of modern medicine

Butchering Art: Lindsey Fitzharris & the origins of modern medicine

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Expect a candlelit adventure into our gruesome past as historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates the turning point in the history of medicine.
The Long Drop

The Long Drop

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Denise Mina will be speaking about her book, The Long Drop, an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel based on true events.
Knowing the Score with Judy Murray

Knowing the Score with Judy Murray

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Judy Murray at The Brunton Theatre as she discuses her extraordinary memoir, Knowing the Score!
Thrills and Chills with crime author Craig Robertson

Thrills and Chills with crime author Craig Robertson

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Best-selling writer Craig Robertson drops in to Wester Hailes Library, to talk about the thrills of writing crime fiction.
#2050StartsNow - Zine Making Workshop

#2050StartsNow - Zine Making Workshop

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: If you are a young, creative individual interested in creating a zine around sustainability issues, come along, have a drink & get crafty with like-minded people.
A Manual for Heartache: Cathy Rentzenbrink

A Manual for Heartache: Cathy Rentzenbrink

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: A chance to hear Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of the bestselling The Last Act of Love, speak about her new work and answer questions.
Fantastical Flights of History with Natasha Pulley

Fantastical Flights of History with Natasha Pulley

29 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Natasha Pulley as she discusses her books, her writing process and some of her insight into what made the Victorians tick.
Scenes from the Pentlands: An exhibition of the art of Edwin G Lucas

Scenes from the Pentlands: An exhibition of the art of Edwin G Lucas

29 November 2017 - 02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: The focus of this exhibition will be Edwin G Lucas’ views of the Pentland Hills and the Water of Leith.
Soul Food Café: Loki’s Poverty Safari

Soul Food Café: Loki’s Poverty Safari

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Darren McGarvey, aka Scottish rapper Loki on a Poverty Safari to explore the anger of Britain's Underclass.
Isaac Rosenberg: Writing a Family Memoir - Small Details, Big Life

Isaac Rosenberg: Writing a Family Memoir - Small Details, Big Life

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come and be inspired to reflect on the beauty of important experiences in our lives.
Mary Contini: Dear Alfonso -  An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter (Lunch)

Mary Contini: Dear Alfonso - An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter (Lunch)

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Mary Contini for a lovely 2-course literary Lunch with wine and coffee, at the Greywalls Hotel.
You were also there

You were also there

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Spend an evening with the social side of Jacqueline Donachie’s exhibition at Fruitmarket Gallery.
An audience with Sara Sheridan, Historical Novelist

An audience with Sara Sheridan, Historical Novelist

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Enjoy an evening with Sara Sheridan, an Edinburgh-based historical novelist who writes two different kinds of books.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane: A Scottish Translation

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane: A Scottish Translation

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come awa and hearken tae Matthew Fitt as he reads extracts from his new translation into Scots of J K Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books

Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Author and broadcaster Daniel Gray returns to the National Library with an energetic, impassioned and amusing gallivant through the delights of reading.
Simmerdim Sing!  A cappella in Colinton Library

Simmerdim Sing! A cappella in Colinton Library

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: The Simmerdim a cappella trio will sing mostly original arrangements of an eclectic mix of songs from all over the world.
Mary Contini: Dear Alfonso -  An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter (Talk)

Mary Contini: Dear Alfonso - An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter (Talk)

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Mary Contini for coffee at the Greywalls Hotel to celebrate the release of her latest family memoir, Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter.
Dyslexia Friendly Books: An Evening With Cathy Forde

Dyslexia Friendly Books: An Evening With Cathy Forde

30 November 2017
Book Week Scotland: Dyslexia Scotland West Lothian invites you an evening with award winning author and playwright, Cathy Forde.
Paul Murton and Mairi Hedderwick explore The Hebrides

Paul Murton and Mairi Hedderwick explore The Hebrides

01 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Paul Murton and Mairi Hedderwick for a conversation on what it is about The Hebrides that we all find so fascinating.
LGBT Women’s Wellbeing Performance event.

LGBT Women’s Wellbeing Performance event.

01 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Authors, poets and storytellers will take the stage for this women only event at The Melting Pot.
The Course of History: Ten Meals that Changed the World

The Course of History: Ten Meals that Changed the World

01 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Struan Stevenson explores the personalities, the issues and of course the food which helped shape the course of history in his new book.
Soul Food Café: Kate & Kevin discuss books & baking with Streetreads

Soul Food Café: Kate & Kevin discuss books & baking with Streetreads

01 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Soul Food Café: Kate Young & Kevin MacNeil talk books and food at the Lighthouse.
Graphic Novels and Fairy Tales: Metaphrog present The Little Mermaid

Graphic Novels and Fairy Tales: Metaphrog present The Little Mermaid

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Award-winning graphic novel duo Metaphrog present their latest fairy tale adaptation The Little Mermaid.
Edinburgh Comic Art Festival (ECAF)

Edinburgh Comic Art Festival (ECAF)

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: If you love art, love reading and love stories, then you'll love Edinburgh Comic Art Festival - whether you're 9 or 90.
Maggie’s Mittens with Coo Clayton and Alison Soye

Maggie’s Mittens with Coo Clayton and Alison Soye

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Coo and Alison at the John Gray Centre for a morning of mitten mayhem! Suitable for ages 3-7ish.
First-Footing Food

First-Footing Food

02 December 2017 - 03 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Feast like a Queen, explore mining life, and make your own miners lamp at the National Mining Museum Scotland.
Honey to the Bee: what bees do for us

Honey to the Bee: what bees do for us

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: In this unique event we explore the crucial role bees play in all our lives - and what we can do to help them.
Surviving the Storm: In Conversation with Ian Edwards

Surviving the Storm: In Conversation with Ian Edwards

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Come along for an evening with Ian Edwards as he discusses how individuals can use Nature to build resilience in the face of trauma.
Pentlands Book Festival Short Story Competition Ceremony

Pentlands Book Festival Short Story Competition Ceremony

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Following last year’s successful 501 word Pentlands Book Festival writing competition, this year’s topic is 'Peace At Last'.
Wrap Around : Emerging artists approach the book form

Wrap Around : Emerging artists approach the book form

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Wrap Around showcases the work of emerging artists Joseph Glover, Mina Heydari & Francis Dosoo, and Cora James.
Planning your Plot: A Conversation with Ben Dell

Planning your Plot: A Conversation with Ben Dell

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Ben Dell and discover how to grow a year's worth of nourishing fruit and vegetables from your very own garden plot.
Lin Anderson: Follow the dead

Lin Anderson: Follow the dead

02 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: Join Lin Anderson as she tells about her latest thrilling novel featuring forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod.
Saltire Festival

Saltire Festival

03 December 2017
Book Week Scotland: To celebrate the Saltire Festival we are offering some fun activities for adults and children!

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