Scotland all set to transform for Book Week Scotland 2015!
Every time you read a book, it changes you just a little bit. And every time a community has a place to read together, those changes only grow bigger and more exciting.
This year, we wanted Book Week Scotland to celebrate some of these transformations and we asked Scotland’s libraries and our other Book Week Scotland partners to think up some great events that do exactly that.
Find out how they rose to the challenge quite wonderfully...
Lasswade Library in Midlothian embraced the idea of a makeover with its Silent Disco – boogie among the books without worrying about anyone saying ‘shh!’ Dundee’s Central Library will also be inviting patrons to put on their dancing shoes and take a spin round the floor at Literary Dundee’s Tales and Teadance. If dancing - or singing, or telling jokes – is your thing, then you might like to know that Greenhills Library in East Kilbride will be transformed into a Talent Show spot for one night only.
We’ve also noticed that crime is proving particularly popular this year, with lots of libraries inviting their favourite thrilling crime authors into their spaces. Some libraries are even hosting their own crime scenes, with Cludeo style Murder Mystery parties taking place across the country. Fancy yourself as a super sleuth? Test your detective skills in Oban or Kirkcaldy.
There are also loads of folk who’ve decided to take book events to unusual places. For example, in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, guests will be invited along to the new distillery on the Isle of Harris for Storytelling at the Social Distillery. On the mainland, in Glasgow, bestselling author Scarlett Thomas will be discussing her latest book, The Seed Collectors, in a the stunning Kibble Palace, a Victorian greenhouse full of carnivorous plants and tropical ferns at the city's botanical gardens.
Scarlett Thomas will be discussing her latest book, The Seed Collectors, in a stunning Victorian greenhouse full of carnivorous plants and tropical ferns
Meanwhile, in Galashiels the Netherdale sports complex will be opening its doors for Stramash: Tackling Scotland's Towns and Teams and there will be more football related fun in Aberdeen, where Willie Miller and Richard Gordon will chat about the beautiful game at Pittodrie Stadium.
Books are set to be in motion too, as East Dunbartonshire Libraries have organised a relaxing Canal Journey that will treat passengers to prose and poetry readings as they travel. In Edinburgh, lunchtime commuters will have the chance to pick up one of our 150,000 free Journeys books during an Edinburgh Trams Book Gifting Event and listen to top authors, Douglas Lindsay Cathy Rentzenbrink, read from the book between the city centre and the airport.
To hear about one man’s transformation from young hopeful to comic-creating superhero, head along to Wishaw Library’s event with Kick Ass creator Mark Millar, or why not see if you can transform your own creative abilities by taking part in one of the many fun workshops taking place throughout the week?
And that’s certainly not all, with around 500 events taking place across the land, and in schools (including storytelling inside the Kelpies' heads), reading experiences and venues are being transformed all over the place. Intrigued to see what else is going on near you? Search all of our Book Week Scotland 2015 events.
Can’t make it along to one of these transformational events? Why not create a Reading Space in your home or office using our handy guides.