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Book Week Scotland launches new virtual festival

This year, Book Week Scotland is launching its first ever virtual festival, which will run alongside nationwide activities and events

The festival is taking place from 27 November to 3 December, and there will be lots of free digital events that audiences of all ages can take part in.

We’re delighted to add a digital strand to this year’s Book Week Scotland, and we have a fantastic line-up of authors and well-known personalities. Fitting perfectly with this year’s theme of Nourish, there is a feast of virtual events that are sure to cater to any palate. We hope to spread the celebration of Book Week Scotland through the power of social media and reach an even wider audience
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust

The festival will begin with Crime writers play Cluedo, where we will see Val McDermid, Stuart McBride and Doug Johnstone test their criminal minds against each other. These bestselling authors will also be discussing their own plots and favourite ‘whodunits’.

Tuesday 28 November hosts many virtual activities throughout the day and into the evening. First, Phil Earle’s event will be broadcast live across the UK as part of BBC Authors Live. Phil will be speaking about his hilarious Storey Street books and offering his best tips on writing. He will also be answering questions from pupils from across the UK. This event is for P4-S1 students.

Later, there will be a ‘battle of rhymes’ at the Poetry Slam, programmed by Edinburgh City of Literature and hosted by writer and comedian Sian Bevan. This event will feature poets such as Jenny Lindsay, Harry Giles and Andrew Blair. This event will be livestreamed on Facebook.

In the evening, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will take part in a live Twitter Q&A about her love for reading. If you are interested in following the event, or submitting your own question, please check out @BookWeekScot on Twitter for more information.

The Twitter Q&A can be followed with #FMBookChat.

During the Wednesday, there will be a ‘cook-along’ session with The Edinburgh Food Studio, as chef and co-owner Ben Reade creates a three-course meal inspired by Scottish literature.

It’s fantastic to see Book Week Scotland events which can be enjoyed by people wherever they are. We’re excited about working with Scottish Book Trust to create the first ever Book Week Scotland poetry slam: it promises to be an excellent event which can be enjoyed by all our sister Cities of Literature online.
Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh City of Literature

On Thursday 30 November, Janice Forsyth will be revealing Scotland’s favourite song inspired by a book during her show on BBC Radio Scotland.

 On Friday, you will see popular book vloggers Jean Menzies, Simon Savidge and Jen Campbell completing a book unboxing challenge. Viewers can also play their own unboxing game on the Book Week Scotland website.

There will be a competition on Saturday 2 December with the opportunity to win prizes by tweeting your #BookWeekScotShelfie . Also, at 3pm, explore storytelling with Bernard MacLaverty with Book Week’s Facebook Live broadcast from the Kelvin Hall.

And finally on the Sunday, Book Week Scotland encourages you to take time off from your screens and relax with a good book.

Book Week Scotland is now in its sixth year and is run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. In addition to the virtual festival, hundreds of event and activities will take place all across the country during the week.

To find out what's happening in your area, and how you can get involved, check out the Book Week website: