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Book Week Scotland

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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 which runs from 27 November to 3 December.

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.


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‘A Hue and Cry’ with Shirley McKay

Monday 27 November, 6.30pm – 8pm

Aberdeen Central Library

Help us get Book Week Scotland off to a start, as we raise a 'Hue and Cry' with acclaimed Historical Crime author Shirley McKay. Author of the The Hew Cullan mysteries, Shirley will be joining us to discuss her works set in16th century Scotland following the adventures of the academic lawyer at St Andrews University, his friend and physician Giles Locke, and his sister Meg. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association debut dagger for her first book 'Hue and Cry', Shirley will be discussing our fascination between reading, crime fiction and history. The hour long event will include a Q+A followed by a book sale and signing.


Helen Sedgewick BWS 17 The Growing Season with Helen Sedgwick

Tuesday 28 November, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Waterstones Aberdeen, Union Street 

Come along to Waterstones Aberdeen for this unique event in conjunction with Scottish Book Trust and Waterstones. Can you conceive a future where women are no longer needed to conceive? Helen Sedgewick's latest novel, The Growing Season vividly presents a world where this is reality and a synthetic pouch enables anyone to have a child. Author of the acclaimed first novel The Comet Seekers, Helen has delivered another story which questions the world around us and plants the seed for bigger discussions. The hour long event will include a Q+A followed by a book sale and signing.

To book contact Waterstones Aberdeen on 01244 592440, online at or in store

*Photo credit: Michael Gallacher

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Creative Writing with Esther Woolfson

Wednesday 29 November – 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Aberdeen Central Library  

Develop creative writing skills and receive invaluable guidance and advice from one of Aberdeen’s most successful writers, Esther Woolfson, author of ‘Corvus’ and ‘Field Notes From a Hidden City’. At this special one off event, Esther will share her knowledge and experience with participants and explore creative writing tips and techniques. Spaces at this free event are limited so booking is essential.


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Wednesday 29 November 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Transition Extreme, Links Road

Nourish your mind, body and soul with Aberdeen City Libraries and Transition Extreme  with our special ‘Scotland’s Great Outdoors’ event. Mountaineer, author and journalist Alan Rowan spends his time walking in Scotland's hills and writing about our great outdoors. A keen mountaineer, he has completed three rounds of the Munros as well as climbing the Corbetts and the 3000-foot peaks across the UK, many of them by moonlight. With thrilling tales and stunning photography, Alan will be sharing stories from his two books Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer and A Mountain Before Breakfast. Join us for a fascinating look at Scotland’s mountains from a whole new perspective. The hour long event will include a Q+A followed by a book sale and signing.  Supported by Transition Extreme


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Saturday 2 December, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Aberdeen Central Library

Rounding off our Book Week Scotland celebrations, we're taking a joy filled look at books and reading with STV’s People's Historian, broadcaster and author, Daniel Gray, who will be telling us why he thinks there are at least 50 Reasons to love Reading. Following his successful events at this summer’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, Daniel will be celebrating the joy of the written word with his new book ‘Scribbles in the Margins’. Join us for a fabulous celebration of one of our country’s favourite pastimes. The hour long event will include a Q+A followed by a book sale and signing.

*Photo credit: Gordon Terris


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 sessions

Join us for a special story time this Book Week Scotland when we will be reading the titles shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize. Don’t forget to cast your vote for your favourite title at the event in one of our special voting boxes. Suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years old

  •  Culter Library - Monday 27 November, 3.45pm - 4.30pm 
  •  Dyce Library - Wednesday 29 November, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Cults Library - Thursday 30 November, 3.45pm – 4.30pm ***

***Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2017 nominee Michelle Sloan will be making a special appearance at the Cults Library session to read from her shortlisted title ‘Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee’. Booking required, contact Cults Library on 01224 868346 or email lib_bookbug

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. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes 

Join us to celebrate Book Week Scotland at one of our special Scottish themed sessions.

  • Kincorth Library - Monday 27 November, 2.15pm
  • Central Children's Library – Tuesday 28 November, 10.30am (booking required)
  • Bridge of Don Library – Thursday 30 November, 10.30am,  (booking required)
  • Kaimhill Library - Thursday 30 November, 2.15pm

*Booking required for Central Children’s and Bridge Of Don Library sessions. To book call Central Children’s on 01224 652507 or Bridge Of Don on 01224 702800.


Other ways to get involved...


Book to Screen Adaptations

Read the book or watch the film - why not do both? To celebrate this year's Nourish theme, Aberdeen City Libraries and the Belmont Filmhouse explore some of the country’s best book to screen adaptions that stimulate the mind, body and spirit:  during Book Week Scotland:

  • Macbeth (2015): Mon 27 Nov at 6.00pm
  • Whisky Galore (1949): Tue 28 Nov at 6.15pm
  • The Wicker Man (1973): Wed 29 Nov at 8.45pm



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


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