Book Week Scotland Goes Virtual!

A new online festival has been announced to complement events at Book Week Scotland


This year, Book Week Scotland (BWS) will launch its first-ever Virtual Festival to run alongside the nationwide activities and events. From November 27 to December 3, the week will be packed with free, digital events that everyone can enjoy and take part in.

Now in its sixth year, BWS is run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. In addition to the virtual festival, hundreds of events and activities will take place all across the country.


Our picks from the online programme…


Monday, November 27

Live game of Cluedo between bestselling crime writers Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Doug Johnstone on Monday, November 27, discussing their own plots and favourite ‘whodunits’.


Tuesday, November 28

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s live Twitter Q&A all about her love of reading. You can submit their questions via Book Week Scotland’s Twitter, and you can follow the Q&A by searching for #FMBookChat.


Wednesday, November 29

Cook-along with The Edinburgh Food Studio as chef and co-owner Ben Reade creates a three-course meal inspired by Scottish literature: a starter from Peter Pan, a main course from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and for dessert, a Treasure Island theme.


Thursday 30 November

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth show to find out Scotland’s favourite song inspired by a book. Listen now to the ‘Top 40’ playlist on the BWS website or Spotify: voting is open until Tuesday 28 November, 5pm.


Friday, December 1

Book vloggers Jean Menzies, Simon Savidge and Jen Campbell will compete in an unboxing game. Each booktuber will have three sets of clues and must piece them together to guess the famous books, for points. Viewers can also play their own unboxing challenge here!


Saturday, December 2

Tweet your #BookWeekScotShelfie and show us your bookshelf to win prizes! Also, at 3pm, explore storytelling with Bernard MacLaverty with our Facebook Live broadcast from The Kelvin Hall.


Finally, on Sunday, December 3, Book Week Scotland encourages everyone to to switch off your internet connection, and do what the entire Week has been gearing towards – put your feet up and read a good book!


Don’t miss the interview with internet sensation and top Scottish author Estelle Maskame in our December issue…