Book Week Scotland

Join us and celebrate with us during Book Week Scotland.

We are very excited about celebrating Book Week Scotland with you from 18 – 24 November 2019. The event this year has the theme of blether and we have arranged various events all aimed at having a good blether and most importantly, chatting about books. We hope to see you at some of the fantastic events listed below:

Monday 18 November

Between Tides and Dunes with Sarah Maine

Cumbernauld Library, 2pm

FREE

Sarah Maine is the author of the highly popular and acclaimed novel ‘House Between the Tides’, an Edwardian historical mystery set on a remote Hebridean island where the present day protagonist becomes obsessed with uncovering a century-old love triangle. It charts the parallel quests of two women a century apart with vivid descriptions of the island’s landscape and weather.

Her latest title is ‘Women of the Dunes’, where Sarah’s two passions – archaeology and historic fiction – merge powerfully to create the atmospheric world of Libby Snow.

Sarah’s writing is highly praised by critics who have compared her to Daphne Du Maurier and Barbara Vine. ‘House Between the Tides’ was featured as both Scotsman Book of the Year and Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to meet an exciting voice in historical fiction.

To book call 01236 632702.

 

Monday 18 November

Book Blether and Swap

Coatbridge Library, 10.45am

FREE

Drop in for a blether about your and your child’s best-loved books over a cuppa. Bring any pre-loved books with you and swap them with someone else’s.

For more information call 01236 856444.

 

Tuesday 19 November

Introduction to Sign Language

Coatbridge Library, 2pm

FREE

Join us in Coatbridge Library as we learn the basics of British Sign Language and what it means to be Deaf Aware. In partnership with Lanarkshire Deaf Club.

To book call 01236 856444.

 

Tuesday 19 November

Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre

Motherwell Library, 7pm

FREE – Ticketed

Chris Brookmyre is the hugely popular and multi award-winning author of such popular classics as ‘ A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away’, ‘Boiling a Frog’ and ‘All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye’.

His most recent title is ‘Fallen Angel’. To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the for a reunion at the seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible…

And suspicion is a dangerous thing.

Chris has been winning a host of prestigious awards since 1996 with ‘Quite Ugly One Morning’ winning the Critics’ First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year that year and in 2016 ‘Black Widow’ won the McIlvanney Prize, previously known as the Scottish Crime Book of the Year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Scotland’s most popular crime authors and entertaining speakers.

To book call 01698 332626.

 

Wednesday 20 November

Chit Chat – Creative Writing

Bellshill Cultural Centre, 1pm

£5.50/£5 Concession

Join our regular creative writing classes for a Book Week Scotland-themed workshop on the voices in the CONVERSATION. How do different voices tell and change the stories that we write – the gossip, the secrets and much more besides will be explored with the resident class tutor. New writers welcome. Suitable for ages 16+.

To book call 01236 632828.

 

Wednesday 20 November

Book Speed Dating

Motherwell Library, 2pm

FREE

Calling all book lovers. Join us for a literary bout of speed dating and find your perfect (book) match.

To book call 01698 332626.

 

Wednesday 20 November

Letters to my Younger Self with Jane Graham

Airdrie Library, 7pm

FREE

Author and journalist Jane Graham has just published Letters to My Younger Self: 100 Inspiring People on the Moments That Shaped Their Lives.

This collection originates from a series started in The Big Issue more than ten years ago, when they asked people to write a letter to their younger self and since then, some of the most brilliant and successful people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, food, sport and business have had their letters published in the magazine.

Sir Paul McCartney writes on how he found inspiration, Mo Farah on the importance of losing, and many, many more, great names such as Margaret Atwood, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Palin reflect on their past.

Book Week Scotland is themed on Blether and Conversation this year. What better way to celebrate than chat with Jane on the universal experience of thinking what would we say to our younger self?

To book call 01236 758070.

 

Wednesday 20 November

Elizabeth Haynes Facebook Live Chat

Facebook, 7pm

FREE

Join us for author visit with a slight difference. You can relax in your home and join Elizabeth Haynes, author of several fantastic crime thrillers, as she chats with our librarian Chris Wilson live on Facebook.

You can chat in real-time with them and ask questions or you can submit questions beforehand on Twitter using #AskElizabethBWS between 12-19 November.

Elizabeth’s latest novel The Murder of Harriet Monckton sees her go back in time to 1843 to reveal the shocking story of the death of a young woman, based on a true story. Which of the main characters would want this young woman dead? You’ll need to read it to find out.

Join the live chat on Facebook on Wednesday 20 November, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/librariesnl.

 

Thursday 21 November

The World I Fell Out Of by Melanie Reid

Wishaw Library, 7pm

FREE – Ticketed

Melanie Reid was an award-winning columnist at The Herald in Glasgow before reporting for The Times from Scotland. Having broken her neck and back in a riding accident on Good Friday 2010 at the age of 52, she now writes her Spinal Column in The Times Magazine every week.

Paralysed from the top of her chest down, she spent almost a full year in hospital, determinedly working towards gaining as much movement in her limbs as possible, and learning to navigate her way through a world that had previously been invisible to her.

‘The World I Fell Out Of’ is an account of that year, and of those that followed.

Hear how writing was a lifeline throughout her treatment and a first-hand account of one of life’s toughest journeys.

To book call 01698 524960.

 

Thursday 21 November

Wee Blethers Meet Big Blethers

Airdrie Library, 10am

FREE

Blether across the generations at Airdrie Library, as the young and the more mature come together to share a celebration of stories and songs, led by talented professional storyteller, Gerry Durkin.

Carry on the conversation over elevenses and enjoy the pleasure and stimulation of interaction between different age groups.

All welcome

For more information call 01236 758070.

 

Thursday 21 November

Philosophy Café

Coatbridge Library, 2pm

FREE

Do you have an interest in matters philosophical? Do you like a good debate, no matter the topic? Do you sometimes like to think a little bit differently? Then join us for a special Book Week Scotland themed Philosophy Café, where we will discuss the burning issues of the day.

No prior knowledge is required, but discussion and debate are positively encouraged.

For more information call 01236 856444.

 

Thursday 21 November

Did You Hear?

Bellshill Cultural Centre, 7.30pm

FREE

The spoken word is powerful. A stolen conversation. Softly whispered words of love. Misheard words of anger. Idle gossip. The best joke EVER! Stories will always connect us in a personal way. Join NLStudio, CultureNL’s all-ability drama group, to explore these themes and ideas in an informal sharing. Suitable for ages 16+.

To book call 01236 632828.

 

Thursday 21 November

Wee Blethers

Wishaw Library, 4.30pm

FREE

Have a wee blether with CultureNL’s visiting craft arts tutor while you decorate a small ceramic keepsake to take home.

To book call 01236 632828.

 

Friday 22 November

Discover Hidden Truths and What You Pay For with Claire Askew

Coatbridge Library, 2pm

FREE

Claire Askew is a poet, writer and creative writing teacher living in Edinburgh. her debut novel in 2018, ‘All the Hidden Truths’, tells the story of the aftermath of an Edinburgh tragedy and introduces DI Helen Birch, a newcomer in Scottish crime fiction.

Her forthcoming novel, ‘What You Pay For’, is DI Birch’s second outing. Thirteen years ago, DI Birch’s little brother Charlie disappeared. Birch was part of a raid on one of Scotland’s most feared criminal organisations. Charlie came back. Now Birch has a choice: save her career, or save her brother? As she interrogates her brother, we see his story, in a brilliantly tense and clever novel about what people do to survive and the lines they cross to protect those they love.

Claire is establishing herself as a leading crime writer with having been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year and shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Prize.

Although a relatively new novelist, Claire is a popular and experienced performer at festivals. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet an exciting new generation Scottish crime writer.

To book call 01236 856444.

 

Friday 22 November

Local Authors Showcase

Airdrie Library, 2pm

FREE

Join three popular local authors, Gerard Grant, A.J. Morris and Terry H. Watson as they discuss their work and the sometimes rocky road to publication

To book call 01236 758070.

 

Saturday 23 November

Book Speed Dating

Coatbridge Library, 2pm

FREE

Calling all book lovers. Join us for a literary bout of speed dating and find your perfect (book) match.

To book call 01236 856444.

 

Saturday 23 November

David MacPhail’s Viking Tales

Bellshill Cultural Centre, 10.30am

FREE

Children’s author David MacPhail will be entertaining us with his tales of Viking daring-do. Author of the Thornfinn the Viking books David loves sharing his tales of all things Viking. Expect a laugh out loud event. Families welcome.

To book call 01698 346770.