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Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland 2016: 21 to 27 November

Aberdeen City Libraries will be joining in the national celebration of books, reading and stories when we take part in this year’s Book Week Scotland: 21-27 November.

There will be lots going on both online and in libraries including a range of free events for all ages such as Bookbug sessions, talks and author events with local and international writers.

With so much going on, look out for our special Book Week Scotland programmes available in all libraries in November.


Step Back in Time with Simon Scarrowsimon_scarrow_web

Monday 21 November, 7 – 8.30pm

Aberdeen Central Library

Author of several bestselling series – including the incredible adventures of Roman soldiers Cato and Macro – Simon Scarrow joins us for a unique event to celebrate Book Week Scotland. Simon's vision of the past is as compelling as it is moreish. Gain an insight into his varied range of historical novels and find out more about the inspiration behind his fascinating work.

Supported by Scottish Book Trust

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Explore the Undiscovered Islands with Malachy Tallack

Wednesday 23 November, 6.30 - 8pm

Aberdeen Central Library

Discussing his latest book The Undiscovered Islands, Malachy Tallack takes us on a journey of discovery and ‘undiscovery’ through some of the world’s lost continents and islands once believed to be real. From the well-known story of Atlantis, through the ages and across the seas to many more islands, explore an atlas of myths and mysteries with Malachy and Aberdeen City Libraries during Book Week Scotland.


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Get Creative with Helen Lynch

Thursday 24 November, 2.30 – 4.30pm

Airyhall Library

Join us to develop creative writing skills and receive invaluable guidance and advice from one of Aberdeen’s most successful writers, Helen Lynch. Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and author of two collections of short stories, The Elephant and the Polish Question, and Tea for the Rent Boy, Helen will share her knowledge and experience with participants and explore creative writing tips and techniques.


 An Afternoon with Leila Aboulela

Saturday 26 November, 2.30 - 4pm

Aberdeen Central Library

Award-winning writer Leila Aboulela joins us for a talk about her fantastic works including her latest novel The Kindness of Enemies. Born in Cairo, brought up in Khartoum and now living in Aberdeen, Leila has plenty of fascinating stories to share as she brings our Book Week Scotland celebrations to a close.



Booking Information

All our author events and workshops are completely free but booking is essential. To reserve your place, email or phone 01224 652500


Family Storytelling session

Saturday 26 November, 11am – 12pm

Cults Library

Join us for a free event for children aged 3 to 7 to enjoy with their parent/carer. Come along and listen to the shortlisted stories in this year’s Bookbug Picture Book Prize and vote for your favourite.

P1 children across Scotland are being gifted these three fantastic titles in their Bookbug Primary 1 Family Bag during Book Week Scotland, so why not bring your bag and join us. 

You don't need to book for this session, just turn up before the session starts.


BookBug celebrates Book Week Scotland

Bookbug sessions are free events featuring songs, rhymes and stories for babies and toddlers to enjoy with their parent/carer. Join us to celebrate Book Week Scotland at one of our special Scottish themed sessions.

  • Airyhall Library - Tuesday 22 November, 10.30am  (booking required, contact Library)
  • Torry Library – Thursday 24 November, 2.15pm
  • Cove Library – Friday 25 November, 2.15pm

Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes 


Other ways to get involved...


Book to Screen Adaptations

Read the book or watch the film - why not do both? Aberdeen City Libraries and the Belmont Filmhouse explore some of the country’s best book to screen adaptions during Book Week Scotland:

  • Under the Skin: Mon 21 Nov at 6.00pm
  • Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: Tue 22 Nov at 6.15pm
  • 39 Steps: Wed 23 Nov at 6.00pm


The Scottish Book Trust is on the hunt for the best film or television adaptations of books set in Scotland or written by Scottish authors. View the shortlist and vote for your favourite online. Book Week Scotland website


Secrets and Confessions

As part of Scottish Book Trust’s annual national writing campaign, they invited the public to write about never-before shared secrets or confessions. Many of the contributions, along with those from well-known authors have been published in a book especially for Book Week Scotland.

Pick up your free copy of Secrets and Confessions in any of our libraries between 21 and 27 November. Book Week Scotland 2016 Logo


Have fun online with Book Week Scotland's Reading Dares and Book Generator:

  • Dare your friends or family to carry out reading dares for Book Week Scotland. You can challenge them, or yourself, to read something different or do something a bit more adventurous like read out a poem at work.
  • Everyone loves books at Christmas, that’s why Book Week Scotland has teamed up with booksellers across Scotland to bring you a book generator, providing fantastic ideas for books to buy or borrow this festive season.


For more information about our Book Week Scotland events in Aberdeen City Libraries please contact: or phone 01224 652500


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