THE first ever Book Week Scotland launched today (Monday).
Free events are taking place across the country over the week, and in West Lothian authors Colin Williamson, Victoria Campbell and Marianne Wheelaghan are taking part with Bookbug and Reading Hour sessions for children at local libraries, and a murder mystery event at Lanthorn Library, Livingston.
The week is brought to an exciting close with the Scottish-themed Big Day Oot at the Simpson Library in Bathgate Partnership Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 30, featuring Scots poetry, music, theatre, fancy dress and more to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
Council leader John McGinty said: “Reading is both enjoyable and educational, and we hope Book Week Scotland will help inspire people to read more. Books can help expand your vocabulary or knowledge, give you an insight into cultures or inspire your imagination.”
A full programme of local Book Week events is available from all libraries or can be downloaded from www.westlothian.gov.uk/tourism/libservices/
Book Week Scotland is delivered by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland, on behalf of Creative Scotland.