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24 October 2018

Book Week Scotland 2017

24 November 2017

Book Week Scotland is a nationwide week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November near to Saint Andrew's Day (30 November). This year the celebration runs from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December 2017.

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.

This year's programme includes  a Virtual Festival, a chance to win a signed first edition of Harry Potter, a personal portrait by Chris Riddell, or a one-on-one literary consultation, fundraising book sales and a special Reading Lunch on St Andrew's Day.

For more information, see the Book Week Scotland website.



Publishing Scotland will be taking part in Book Week Scotland this year by encouraging thoughtful book giving - ScotBookFlood! Inspired by the unique tradition of book gifting in Iceland, Jólabókaflóð (which translates roughly as 'Christmas book flood'), ScotBookFlood will celebrate Scottish-Nordic/Icelandic literary links and encourage thoughtful book gifting for loved ones in the run-up to Christmas.

Highlights will include:

  • Interview with best-selling author Matt Haig about his heart-warming new book for children Father Christmas And Me.
  • Exploring Edinburgh and Reykjavik as UNESCO status Cities of Literature.
  • Exclusive Scottish gin cocktail recipe, inspired by Iceland's volcanic outdoor pools.
  • Acclaimed author Kirsty Logan recalls sheep, wild swimming, and solitude in an article about her month-long writing residency in rural Iceland.
  • Publishers based in Scotland reveal what Scottish books they will gift this Christmas.
  • Exciting giveaways of books for adults and children.
  • Pinterest boards highlighting Scottish-Nordic literary links.

From Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December we invite the public to join our conversation by using the hashtags #ScotBookFlood, #BookWeekScotland, and tweeting @scottishbooks.