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Book Week is a festival that takes place every year in November. During this week, writers, poets, storytellers and illustrators will visit libraries, schools and community centres to celebrate books and literature. People of all ages are welcome to come and join in the celebration in different locations around Scotland and, if you’re in Edinburgh there is lots to enjoy!

Here are a few events which you can attend in Edinburgh throughout Book Week:

1. The Library is Open with Val McDermid, Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan, Allan Radcliffe and Ryan Vance

This event is about books of LGBT history and you will have the opportunity to chat with one of these authors and have a drink. This event is scheduled on Saturday 26 November 2016 at 19:00 and is for adults only,

2. Night shadows: An evening of songs, readings and stories inspired by the Gothic tradition

This event is for adults and is free. It’s about exploring the Gothic tradition (horror, romance and darkness) in music and words. During this journey, you will explore Germanic forests, Robert Louis Stevenson’s ideas, as well as David Campbell’s poems and readings. This event is scheduled on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 18:00.

3. Black Widow

This is a free event which will be held on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 18:30. Chris Brookmyre will narrate his novel “Black Widow”. It’s about strong topics such as sexism in every day life, social media trolls and hacking. Strongly recommended for the internet generation !

4. Mind your language! Writing without words with Marjorie Lofti Gill

This event is interactive and suitable for all ages: children, grandparents, adults etc. It’s about the idea that in the near future, the government will restrict some words from the vocabulary in order to prevent terrorism and increase security. Your task: you will be a member of a secret poetry society and your goal is to write, without being censured, a radical poem about this restriction of words. Good luck !

5. Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Readings

In this event, Amnesty International pays homage to  writers who have been imprisoned, tortured or killed because of their works. You will have the opportunity to buy second-hand books. all the money will be raised for Amnesty International’s works. This event is free of charge and will take place on Friday, 25th November 2016 from 18.30 until 19.30.

More information about Book Week Scotland:

Date: Monday 21 – Sunday 27 November

Place: different venues in Edinburgh

Price: mostly free


Book Week Scotland: official trailer of 2012: