The Bookfellas listed below have bravely stepped up and come up with some fun and creative ideas to raise money for Scottish Book Trust. Their efforts will help ensure Scottish Book Trust can continue to help the people of Scotland thrive through reading and writing.

See what our current Bookfellas are planning, and check back for more updates.

Are you interested in becoming a Bookfella yourself? Click here to learn more and find out how you can join.


Stewart Argo

Director, Weber Shandwick

Project: Stewart is going run - and walk - the c40 miles from Edinburgh Waverley (the only train station in the world named after a novel) to Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott.

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Alan Bett

Books Editor, The Skinny

Project: A self-claimed pretentious literary type, Alan is being sponsored to read the 50 Shades trilogy, (often publicly) within the month of February 2017.

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Murray Buchanan

Media Consultant, Murray Buchanan Ltd

Project: TBC


Robert Burdock

Freelance journalist and copywriter

Project: TBC


Matt Cartney

Children’s Author

Project: TBC


Roger Cox

Arts Editor, The Scotsman

Project: At some point between now and the end of April 2017, Roger will climb a big hill in a gale and read a passage from the Storm Scene in King Lear ("Blow winds, and crack your cheeks" etc). There will be video evidence, so if you'd like to see Roger getting beaten up by a real storm while mangling one of the best rants in Shakespeare, please sponsor him at the link below.

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Rob Flett

Communications and PR, Church of Scotland

Project: Create ‘Book Map Scotland’ – an interactive map of Scotland which, in return for a donation, people can populate with images, videos and stories about books they have enjoyed linked to places around the country.


Don Ledingham

Chief Executive, Ceannas

Project: Celebrate John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps by walking the 39 km from Broughton (his birthplace) to Moffatt, which features in the novel.

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Chris Leslie

Schools Resources Developer, Scottish Book Trust

Project: King of the Mountains Sportive


Fraser Leslie

Partner, Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Project: TBC


Scott Lothian

Investment Manager, Baillie Gifford

Project: TBC


Fred MacAulay


Project: A comedy gig where four comedians read extracts from books they liked as children and do stand-up! More details to come...


Ryan Macready

Business Development Assistant, Charlotte Square Investment Managers

Project: Hold a music concert and earn donations by selling a CD


Jim McLeod

Owner, Ginger Nuts of Horror

Project: TBC


Mat Norbury

Business Development Director, Jump Marketing

Project: Running the Cape Wrath half marathon.


Ian Rankin


Project: TBC


Peter Ranscombe

Freelance journalist and copywriter

Project: Beards for Books! 'During November, I'm going to try to grow my first beard - I've always avoided sporting a beard in the past because I'm worried that it'll make me look too much like my Dad, who has some fine facial hair. Please sponsor me in my attempt to lose my clean-shaven visage and end my days as a beardless wonder.'

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Allan Rennie

Managing Director, Media Scotland

Project: Sponsored takeover of the 50-Word Fiction Competition


Blythe Robertson

Director, Scran Salon

Project: 100 Bookpeeps -100 friends write about a book that is important to them, send a pic, donate £10 and it is then posted on

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Jeff Sanders

Dig It! 2017 Project Manager, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

Project: Awkward Dads - Ten dads are filmed reading a part of a book. Every £100 raised unlocks the next part of the story.


J David Simons


Project: Robert Louis Stevenson hike across Mull in the footsteps of David Balfour in Kidnapped


Mark Smith

Sustainability Programmes Manager, Standard Life

Project: TBC


Raymond Soltysek

Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

Project: Robert Louis Stevenson hike across Mull in the footsteps of David Balfour in Kidnapped.

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Will Stockham

Managing Director, Scottish Routes

Project: Will is planning a special whisky tour that incorporates books and reading.


Jonny Sweet


Project: TBC


Jason Thomson

Editor, Edinburgh Whisky Blog

Project: TBC