Sandstone Press

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is coming to an end. While it feels like the end of a week of celebrating reading and Scottish writers has come too soon, we will (of course!) continue to celebrate our authors and readers all year round. If you'd like to find out more about Book Week Scotland, you can do so here.

During the past seven days, we asked some of our authors what Book Week Scotland means to them. Let us know what it means to you on Twitter or Facebook.

Sandstone author and Editorial Director, Moira Forsyth will take any excuse to share her love of reading. 'As far as I'm concerned it's book week every week, but I'm only too happy to celebrate right across Scotland with authors and readers.'

Daniel Shand, author of Fallow, has a slightly different take on the week. 'This Book Week Scotland, I'll be going to a book quiz at Ibrox library. For me, the meaning of BWS is showing off about books and winning cool prizes.'

Best Defence author William McIntyre says Book Week Scotland is a great way to connect with new and existing readers – he took part by speaking to readers at Strathearn Library about his brand new book, Last Will.  

Catherine Simpson, author of Truestory, made quite the splash over the course of the week, with two events, and a brilliant interview on autism and bullying on BBC Radio Scotland which you can watch here. 'Books have given me lifelong adventure, escape, magic, an education and a safe haven. This Book Week Scotland let's celebrate storytelling & salute all things bookish.'   

Peter Ross, whose first two collections of journalism are published by Sandstone, loves discovering new authors. 'Book Week Scotland feels like a good moment to catch up with Scottish authors whose work I haven't read; especially women writers, which has been a bit of a blind spot for me. So I'm thinking Jessie Kesson, Naomi Mitchison, Jenni Fagan.'

Lesley Kelly says, 'I love all the Book Week Scotland shenanigans!  For me, the week is about celebrating those authors you already know and love… and maybe also discovering your new literary crush!' Get an email packed with bookish shenanigans every month by signing up to Lesley's newsletter here.

We're absolutely with Jo Woolf, author of The Great Horizon, on this one! 'When the days are long and dark, it’s nice to light some candles and curl up with a book.  Reading brings pleasure, interest, excitement - Book Week Scotland is a great way for book lovers to get together and share that experience.' 

R.L. McKinney, author of The Angel in the Stone, is a big fan of libraries, and the people who share her passion. 'For me Book Week Scotland is an opportunity to meet the people who make me want to write, to share the joy of words and stories, and to celebrate all things bookish out in the community where it matters most. Say no to library closures in Midlothian!'