Book Week Scotland

Aberdeen City Libraries are once again delighted to take part in Book Week Scotland, the annual celebration of books and reading that takes place 16 to 22 November.

In light of the ongoing challenges of COVID19, we are doing things a little differently this year. While we cannot host events in our libraries at the moment, we are pleased announce a line-up of fantastic, pre-recorded events which can be viewed wherever and whenever suits you.

All our events will be available to watch for free on this webpage, our Facebook page and YouTube channel from the day of release and on demand for a limited period afterwards.


This year's fantastic author events include:

Making Comics with Metaphrog

Join award-winning graphic novel duo Metaphrog, aka Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, in a video workshop where they’ll reveal some of the secrets of making comics and give drawing demonstrations. Learn how to create strong characters and exciting stories and settings for your own comics. 

This special pre-recorded session is now available to watch on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.



Ask Ambrose Parry 

Calling all crime fans! We’re delighted to let you know that the authors of Aberdeen’s most downloaded eBook, crime thriller, The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman will be helping us celebrate Book Week Scotland with a special pre-recorded ‘Ask Ambrose Parry’ event.  

Answering questions from our readers, Chris and Marisa will be discussing all about their Ambrose Parry novels, what inspired them and how they survived lockdown!  

This special pre-recorded session is now available to watch on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.  


Tatterhood- Inspiring stories for young readers 

As the days grow short and the nights draw in, join us and local storyteller Pauline Cordiner for a special retelling of Norwegian folk tale Tatterhood. 
There’s kings and queens, princes and princesses, trolls, some mischief from the fairy folk and our hero Tatterhood. She doesn't care how she looks or acts and somehow saves the day with only her courage, her goat and her wooden spoon!!  

So coorie in, get comfy and join us for this special pre-recorded session this Book Week Scotland perfect for young readers aged 7 to 11 (and anyone else wanting a much-needed dose of happily ever after).

This special pre-recorded session is now available to watch on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Life Story Writing Workshop with Merryn Glover 

Always wanted to write your story but never sure where to start? Dive into this fun, accessible workshop with Merryn Glover that gives you some tools and starting points to get going. Do it at your own pace and discover the joy of fresh, exciting writing that will inspire you to do more.

Merryn is a prize-winning author of fiction, plays, poetry and non-fiction with work published widely and broadcast on BBC radio.  

This special pre-recorded session is now available to watch on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.



Thank you to those who celebrated Book Week Scotland with us. We are running an evaluation survey open to anyone who watched an event or took part in one of our activities. Your feedback will help inform future planning. The survey will remain open until 15 December 2020.


Poem for Future Aberdeen

The poem titled ‘Our Future Aberdeen’ is the culmination of the Poem to Future Aberdeen project which ran during the Autumn and saw city residents of all ages share their hopes and dreams for Aberdeen in the years ahead. Using these community contributions as the inspiration for the poem, the library service worked with local poet Sheena Blackhall who was commissioned to create the final piece.

The poem will receive its first reading during Book Week Scotland on SHMU radio’s The Culture Club as well as being on display around the city and available to download and read by clicking on preview on the library services’ digital library, BorrowBox. The poem reads:

Our Future Aberdeen

What do our children think of Tomorrow?

Read & prepare for a shock!

The roads will be pink. The houses will move

All buildings can walk & talk.

Books will read to you. Plants will talk to you

And when you want to sleep

A Magic wind will blow you to bed, where rainbow clouds so steep

Will drop red rain on Aberdeen into water, green and deep

Other thoughts of Tomorrow?

All cars will be electric. All cars will go at the speed of light

Oh won’t it be ecstatic!

There’ll be parking space at Union Square. Aberdeen will be buzzing

There’ll be singing again at schools. There’ll be no more sanitizing

The Northern Lights will shine on us. More dolphins will swim in the sea

There’ll be less pollution and jobs for all. We’ll have far more trees. Yippee!

Our town will be helpful, happy, kind. We’ll fly as high as a bird

We’ll be peaceful, glorious, amazing, Doric, Gàidhlig and all tongues heard

There’ll be futuristic football, for all, Equality

With parks for dogs and wildlife spots fresh air by our beautiful sea

We’ve a great community culture as a tourist destination

No-one will live in poverty that’s our singular expectation

Two rivers sit at our city’s heart, the Don and the sparkling Dee

We’ll always play on the changing sands, by their soul mate, the North Sea

We’ll be green and clean in Aberdeen, welcome all nationalities

A football team of winners, and traditional tasty sweeties

Our Future won’t be all about size, about stature or great wealth

It’ll be about heart, wellbeing, about happiness and health

 by Sheena Blackhall

With thanks to the people of Aberdeen for sharing their thoughts and helping inspire this poem.


Your Stories: Future Book

As part of Book Week Scotland's annual writing project - Your Stories - they asked people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Future.

A selection of these stories have been published in a free book for Book Week Scotland and copies of the book are available to pick up from the following libraries: Central, Airyhall, Bridge Of Don, Cove, Dyce, Mastrick and Tillydrone.

You can also download the Future book on eBook here.


Aberdeen Reads Digital Book Group

To celebrate Book Week Scotland, our chosen title for November's Digital Book Group discussion is the classic Scottish non-fiction book The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd. Download it on eBook or eAudiobook (read by Tilda Swinton) and join the discussion on Tuesday 24 November, 7.30pm.



Dont forget our ‘Future’ readers can get involved too! Watch our Bookbug online sessions and vote for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize.


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