This month, we call for your tales as we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, invite you to our first in-person event of the year, celebrate LGBT+ History Month, and offer five lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Marian Keyes’ brand new release Again, Rachel, for a nominated loved one.

What’s your story?

Scotland Stories Now

As part of an exciting new mass participatory project to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, we’re asking people of all ages and backgrounds to share their stories about Scotland today.

We’re looking for stories from across Scotland in any genre inspired by the prompt ‘On this day’, which will form a diverse, entertaining and thought-provoking online story archive.

Maybe you’re inspired to write a poem about the unique landscape of Scotland? Perhaps something happened to you today that sparked an idea for a song or play script. You might prefer to put pen to paper to create a piece of non-fiction based on current affairs in Scotland or create a video about a local project that is close to your heart.

Whatever the inspiration or format may be, we believe everyone has a story to tell and we want to hear yours!

Submissions to Scotland’s Stories Now are open until 3 April. Our Writers in Residence will also be working with community groups throughout Scotland to gather stories and if you’re visiting us in-person this August, you’ll be able to read and listen to submissions in our Scotland Stories Now hub at the Festival site.

Dialogues from Babel

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Don’t miss the first public outing of stage play Dialogues from Babel at the Traverse Theatre on Friday 4th March at 7.30pm.

Be transported to a different place during this fascinating 90-minute theatrical performance which illuminates the experience of hearing a voice when there is no one speaking.

The production has been created in a partnership with Hearing the Voice – a Wellcome funded project which explored why and how people hear voices – from children with imaginary friends, to the bereaved hearing voices of their loved ones, to novelists having conversations with their characters.

The venue will be socially-distanced and the play will be followed by a Q&A with the actors and creative team.

LGBT+ History Month

February marks LGBT+ History Month and the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in the UK. To celebrate and increase the visibility of LGBT+ people, we’ve been sharing some of our favourite books featuring LGBT+ characters on our social media channels. You’ll also find events with LGBT+ authors sharing an insight into their books, lives and experiences in our Look & Listen library. Some highlights include:

Events for adults:

  • Douglas Stuart, PICTURED, with Nicola Sturgeon: Welcome Home, Shuggie Bain
  • Jeremy Atherton Lin: Coming Out, Going Out
  • Torrey Peters: Modern Families, Baby

Independent Bookshop of the Year finalists

Many congratulations to the record 62 indie bookshops shortlisted for this year’s Independent Bookshop of the Year award. We’re wishing the 6 bookshops shortlisted in the regional category for Scotland, including local gem The Edinburgh Bookshop, the best of luck for the big reveal on 16 March.

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