Top lit­er­ary stars head for Ar­gyll and Bute as part of Scot­land's Book Week

The Oban Times - - Arena -

BOOK Week is host­ing hun­dreds of free events across the coun­try this month from Novem­ber 21 to 27.

The pro­gramme for Scot­land’s fifth na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of books and read­ing, themed this year on ‘Dis­cov­ery’, was an­nounced by Scot­tish Book Trust at Ed­in­burgh’s City Art Cen­tre.

Some of the UK’s best-loved writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors will be vis­it­ing li­braries in ev­ery lo­cal author­ity area to bring a pro­gramme, funded by the Scot­tish Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Coun­cil (SLIC), that in­cludes ap­pear­ances from such book­ish heavy­weights as Will Self, Lisa McIn­er­ney, Jenni Fa­gan, Jill Mansell, Si­mon Scar­row, Is­abel Green­berg, Clare Mack­in­tosh, Jodi Pi­coult, Alexan­der McCall Smith, Liz Lochhead and Christo­pher Brook­myre.

In Ar­gyll and Bute, Tar­tan crime king Chris Brook­myre talks about his lat­est award-win­ning novel, Black

Wi­dow, at the Cove and Kil­creg­gan Book Fes­ti­val on Satur­day Novem­ber 26. The same day ac­tor Gre­gor Fisher and co-au­thor Me­lanie Reid will re­veal The Real Life Dra­mas of Rab C Nes­bitt. That even­ing at Cove, for­mer Scots makar Liz Lochhead will read and talk about her lat­est po­etry col­lec­tion.

On Sun­day Novem­ber 27, Bor­der writer and jour­nal­ist Alis­tair Mof­fat charts Scot­tish his­tory from ear­li­est time un­til to­day at his event en­ti­tled

The His­tory Man. Sun­day will also see glo­ri­ously gal­lus au­thor, TV pre­sen­ter and Munro bag­ger ex­traor­di­naire Muriel Gray bring you her en­ter­tain­ing event, Get Gal­lus with Muriel Gray.

As part of the theme of dis­cov­ery, a brand new Book Gen­er­a­tor quiz will be avail­able on the Book Week Scot­land web­site, en­abling par­tic­i­pants to un­cover the per­fect book match for them­selves or the ideal present for a friend.

Those who need some inspiration can visit www.book­weekscot­land.com to try out the Read­ing Dare Ran­domiser, which might sug­gest any­thing from gift­ing a book to a stranger, to propos­ing to the per­son you love with a line from your favourite poem.

For peo­ple who have an in­ter­est in dis­cov­er­ing new writ­ing tal­ent, 150,000 free copies of a short story and poem col­lec­tion writ­ten by the peo­ple of Scot­land, Se­crets and Con-- fes­sions, will be handed out dur­ing the week via li­braries, book­shops and other out­lets.

School pupils across the coun­try can also get into the spirit of Book Week Scot­land with three free pic­ture books short­listed for the Book­bug Pic­ture Book Prize be­ing gifted to ev­ery pri­mary one pupil in Scot­land in the Book­bug P1 Family Bag. Free bags of books, writ­ing ma­te­ri­als and count­ing games are also gifted to all pri­mary two and pri­mary three pupils.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Book Week Scot­land 2016 and how you can get in­volved, visit www.book­weekscot­land.com, where you can find in­for­ma­tion about all the events tak­ing place in Ar­gyll and Bute.

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