BOOKS: Book Week Scotland 2022

Book Week Scotland 2022

West Dunbartonshire Libraries have an exciting programme of free events for all ages to mark this year’s Book Week Scotland. 

List of Events

James Oswald

James Oswald WEBJames Oswald is the author of the bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. They have been incredibly popular and very well-received by both the public and the critics. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. As well as his books featuring Inspector McLean James has also created Detective Constable Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild, whose debut was in the acclaimed No Time To Cry. 

James also writes as J D Oswald; this fantasy series follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro.  As if all of this creativity wasn’t enough James also farms Highland cows.  His past jobs include Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Sh*t Sampler (true). 

His latest crime book is All That Lives which is part of the Inspector Mclean series.

Join us for an evening with this fascinating crime writer extraordinaire as part of our Book Week Scotland 2022 programme as he discusses his work.

Where and When

  • Clydebank Library
  • Monday 14 November at 7.00 pm

Reserving a Place

This event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page.


Leonie Charlton

Leonie Charlton WEBJoin Leonie Charlton on a journey through the Hebrides as she travels on ponies with her friend Shuna from the southern tip of Barra to the ancient stone circle of Callanish. It’s a book which beautifully celebrates people and place; it’s both an outer and an inner journey as Leonie confronts her fractured relationship with her late mother.

Leonie writes poetry and fiction and was the joint winner of the Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize. She is “fascinated by human relationships, and love in its many forms. Much of (her) work is influenced by nature and our connection with the non-human world.”  She especially enjoys walking and time with horses as ways to feel into landscape, to explore whatever reveals itself through quiet attentive travel. She lives in Glen Lonan in Argyll and is a graduate of the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. 

We are delighted to have Leonie as part of our Book Week Scotland 2022 programme.

Where and When

  • Alexandria Library
  • Thursday 17 November at 7.00 pm

Reserving a Place

This event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page


Clare Hunter

Clare Hunter WEBSewing has been part of Clare Hunter’s life since she was a child. She has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator for over twenty years and her work celebrates the stories of people who have used sewing to give voice to their lives through the centuries. She also established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. Her first book Threads of Life was a fusion of memoir and history.  In it she chronicles themes including political propaganda in medieval France, treason in Tudor England, the plight of soldiers in the First World War with PTSD and a POW camp in Singapore. 

Sewing has been at the heart of how many people have expressed their identity, it has also been a form of protest and helped preserve memories.  Her second book is Embroidering Her Truth: Mary Queen of Scots and the Language of Power. At her execution Mary, Queen of Scots wore red. Although red usually symbolises passion Mary wore it as the Catholic symbol of martyrdom. Clare examines a period when textiles often expressed power and how Mary used them to demonstrate her own strength and agency.

Embroidering Her Truth gives us a whole new perspective on this period of history.  Join Clare for an examination of the role of sewing in history and how it often can give as powerful a voice to people as eloquently as words can.

Where and When

  • Dalmuir Library
  • Tuesday 15 November at 7.00 pm

Reserving a Place

This event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page .

Etienne Kubwabo

Etienne Kubwabo WEB

 

 

They say there’s a hero inside us all, it’s time to bring out your inner superhero and tell your own tale for Book Week Scotland. Come and join us for an awesome comic workshop with the fabulous Etienne Kubwabo, creator of Scotland’s first black superhero! His graphic novel Beats of War takes inspiration from Etienne’s own experiences of coming to Scotland, and explores barriers faced by refugees and immigrants. 

In this creative workshop Etienne will talk us through his own comic inspirations, then help participants develop their own comic character ideas. 

Where and When

  • Clydebank Library
  • Thursday 10th November  3.30-5.00pm

Reserving a Place

The workshop is suitable for children and young people aged 8 years and above, and is completely free.

This event is FREE but spaces are limited and tickets must be reserved in advance on our Eventbrite page. 

Victoria Williamson

Victoria Williamson WEBWe are delighted to offer a fantastic author talk for children in P4 to P7 with the wonderful Victoria Williamson!

Victoria grew up outside Glasgow, surrounded by hills and books, and was inspired to write stories at an early age.  She has travelled the world and now writes stories inspired by the many children she has met over the years.

Victoria’s first two books The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind were based on her experiences of children with diverse backgrounds, and her third book Hag Storm is a spooky historical fiction novel based on the life of young Rabbie Burns and the witches from Tam O’Shanter.

Come and join us for an awesome adventure through the magic of stories and books!

Where and When

  • Balloch Library
  • Friday 18th November 3.45-4.45pm

Reserving a Place

This event is FREE but spaces are limited and tickets must be reserved in advance on our Eventbrite page.


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