Scottish Book Trust Seeks Book Loving Superheroes
The search begins for The League of Extraordinary Booklovers, a group of people from all walks of life who love books and reading, and are willing to volunteer to share their passion and expert knowledge with readers across the nation during the first Book Week Scotland (26 November – 2 December 2012).
The League will answer questions about books and make personalised reading recommendations to members of the public throughout Book Week Scotland. People can submit their questions to the League by email or ask a question on Twitter @BookWeekScot and they will receive an answer within 24 hours.
Anyone can apply to become a member of The League; the only qualifications are knowledge of books and the enthusiasm to promote the power of reading. Finalists will also need to be available at various times during Book Week Scotland.
Nominations start today and are open to booklovers of all ages and occupations. Members of the public can nominate themselves or someone they think would be a great candidate by sending an email to TheLeague@scottishbooktrust.com stating in 300 words or less why they should be chosen to join The League.
Scottish Book Trust will choose members of The League from applications submitted by 14 September 2012.
The identity of The League of Extraordinary Booklovers will be revealed when the full Book Week Scotland programme is launched in the Autumn.
Marc Lambert, CEO, Scottish Book Trust, said:
“We’re delighted to be launching the search for The League of Extraordinary Booklovers. The people chosen to be our literary superheroes will have the opportunity to engage with members of the public throughout the nation to promote the power of books and help Scotland enjoy happy reading during Book Week and beyond.”
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said:
“Book Week Scotland 2012 will be Scotland's first national celebration of reading and a major highlight in the Year of Creative Scotland.
“It will promote Scotland’s exceptional cultural, creative and literary talent, encouragingthe people of Scotland of all backgrounds, ages and with all interests, to embark or continue on a reading journey.
“Through this initiative, Scottish Book Trust will provide everyone with the opportunity to access tailor-made advice from some of Scotland's keenest readers, that will help to make Book Week Scotland a truly personal experience.”
Initiated by the Scottish Government, Book Week Scotland will be a national week-long celebration of reading, delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland.
Scottish Book Trust will work with authors, workplaces, libraries and schools across the nation to deliver a packed programme of free projects and events, bringing Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate books and reading.
Key partners including the National Library of Scotland, Scottish Libraries and Information Council, Publishing Scotland, and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature will help to deliver Book Week Scotland activity.
Notes to editors:
- Book Week Scotland will be delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland. It develops innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read and write, supports professional writers with a range of projects including skills development and awards, funds a variety of literature events and promotes Scottish writing to over 10 million people worldwide.
- The development of Book Week Scotland is being supported with £150,000 from Creative Scotland’s Year of Creative Scotland programme, which is funded with investment from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Scottish Book Trust is working with a range of partners to lever additional funding and support. www.scottishbooktrust.com.
- The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is spotlighting, celebrating and promoting Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage, and positioning Scotland as one of the world’s most creative nations to audiences at home and across the world. Through a dynamic year-long programme of activity we are celebrating our world-class events, festivals, artistic and cultural heritage. Visit www.creativescotland.com for more information.