The Book Week Scotland Podcast

Enjoy a book festival from the comfort of your own headphones by subscribing to The Book Week Scotland Conversations Podcast, from Scottish Book Trust.

With the help of poet Tom Pow, we’ve asked authors, poets and storytellers to sit down with each other and have a conversation. A conversation we can all enjoy listening to.

Over four episodes listen to James Robertson, Catherine Simpson, David Keenan and other fascinating writers as they talk about what home, books, childhood and language means to them. We hope you will join us. Subscribe now on iTunes(this will open in a new window) or Spotify(this will open in a new window).

Podcast produced by Spence Media. Music by EssGee Productions.

Episode one

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Tom Pow on reading

Welcome to the first episode in The Book Week Scotland Conversations Podcast, from Scottish Book Trust. This fascinating conversation features the creative director of A Year of Conversation, poet Tom Pow, talking to fellow poet, and founder of Open Book, Marjorie Lotfi Gill about books and reading. Enjoy their conversation.

Like what you hear? Tweet us @BookWeekScot(this will open in a new window) and leave us a review on whichever podcast platform you use.

Audio Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Tom Pow on reading

Episode two

Catherine Simpson and Mara Menzies on childhood

Listen to Catherine Simpson and Mara Menzies’s funny, insightful and moving conversation about what CHILDHOOD meant for them.

Author Catherine Simpson recently released memoir When I Had A Little Sister gathered lots of praise for its honest and heartbreaking account of growing up in a farming family not accustomed to talking about emotions, and of Catherine’s search for understanding into what led her younger sister to kill herself at 46. Mara Menzies is a Kenyan-Scottish storyteller of international renown. Based in Edinburgh, she has performed in over 10 countries in just the last two years and has a deeply held passion for bringing intimate storytelling to a 21st century audience.

We hope you enjoy their conversation. Once you have listened to the show, tweet us your thoughts tagged #BookWeekScotland(this will open in a new window).

Audio Catherine Simpson and Mara Menzies on childhood

Episode three

David Keenan and Meaghan Delahunt on home

Listen to author David Keenan in conversation with novelist Meaghan Delahunt on what HOME means to them.

David Keenan is a multi-talented author, critic and musician. His first novel This Is Memorial Device was a sleeper hit and love letter to small town life in late ‘70s, early ‘80s Scotland, and the music scenes therein. With his second novel For the Good Times, set during the Troubles, David was awarded the prestigious Gordon Burn Prize.

His partner in conversation is novelist and short story writer Meaghan Delahunt. Melbourne-born, Meaghan has called Scotland her home since 1992. Her work includes In the Blue House, The Red Book and To the Island and has won many awards, including the Saltire and a nomination for the Orange Prize.

If you enjoy this conversation, why not tweet us your thoughts tagged #BookWeekScotland.

Audio David Keenan and Meaghan Delahunt on home

Episode four

James Robertson and Pàdraig MacAoidh on language

Listen in on James Robertson and Pàdraig MacAoidh's conversation about the complexities and joys of language.

James Robertson is the author of several highly-acclaimed novels include And the Land Lay StillThe Fanatic and The Testament of Gideon Mack. He is also a strong advocate for the teaching of Scots in schools and co-founded  of the Scots language imprint Itchy Coo.

His partner in conversation is native Gaelic speaker Pàdraig MacAoidh. A poet, broadcaster, academic and journalist, Peter's debut poetry collection Gu Leòr / Galore was published by Acair in 2015. 

Enjoyed this exploration of language? Tweet us your thoughts tagged #BookWeekScotland. 

Audio James Robertson and Pàdraig MacAoidh on language.