Book Week Scotland 2016

I had a lovely time at Brechin Library in bonnie Angus during Book Week Scotland. I hadn’t been there before and was impressed by the lovely building and the warmth of the welcome inside. My thanks to Christine Sharp, Ann Morrice (both pictured below with myself) and the rest of the team.

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These events are often billed as “Meet the Author”. They could equally be titled “Meet the Readers” and “Meet the Librarians.” For writers, who spend so much time alone with a keyboard – well, apart from our imaginary friends – it’s so nice to get out and about. An informal talk like this one also allows for general chat afterwards, often an exchange of stories. It all helps feed the imagination and refill the well.

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As a bonus, I learned that Sir Robert Watson-Watt, pioneer of radar, was a Brechin lad. His dramatic statue stands outside the library.

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Book Week Scotland 2014 & Love Letters to Libraries

I had a lovely time during Book Week Scotland which runs through the last week in November. I gave talks in a couple of Aberdeenshire’s Libraries, including New Pitsligo and Balmedie.  There was a great turn-out at both and some really interesting questions.

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New Pitsligo was a very appropriate place to talk about the gallant Lord Pitsligo of the 1745 Jacobite Rising as he lived near there. A loyal supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, Alexander Forbes was also a scholar and a gentleman and an enthusiastic advocate of education for girls and women. Check out my brief blogpost on him: Lord Pitsligo

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The organizers of Book Week Scotland are the Scottish Book Trust, who are a very lively bunch, always looking for ways to promote reading. One brilliant idea they had this year was to ask writers and readers to send a love letter to their local libraries. This initiative really caught the imagination and there are some wonderful examples on here.

Write a love letter to your library

Here’s my contribution: Love Letter to Libraries