Book Week Scotland 2021

Book Week Scotland 2021

About Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland, now in its 10th year, is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country in November and is co-ordinated by Scottish Book Trust.

This year's theme is Celebration and it is taking place from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st November and will be a mix of digital and in-person events. Scotland's authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators will all contribute to this celebration of the joy of reading.

Glasgow Libraries is proud to be a part of Book Week Scotland and has created a programme of events and activities for all ages and stages to enjoy. With both fiction and non-fiction, there's something for everyone. Celebrate the wonder of books and reading by borrowing from our wide selection of titles, available from our online platforms or in our libraries.


Events for Adults

Saturday 13th November, 10:30am-12:30pm, Bridgeton Library.

Join Glasgow Libraries and local historian Peter Mortimer for a walking tour of the Bridgeton area. Discover and celebrate its rich history and its part in the Glasgow story. Please dress for the weather. To register an interest or for further details please contact Bridgeton Library: 0141 276 0870.

The following two events will be on-demand for free via from Monday 15th November - Sunday 5th December 2021.

Dr Matt Winning: Hot Mess: What on Earth Can We Do About Climate Change?

What is climate change, who's to blame, and what the f--k can we do about it? Award-winning comedian and climate change researcher Dr Matt Winning will explain all in this special Aye Write! online event for Book Week Scotland.

Celebrating our Guilty Pleasures in books with Mairi Kidd, Sally Magnusson and Abir Mukherjee.

Digital panel event chaired by Mairi Kidd in conversation with Sally Magnusson and Abir Mukherjee. We ask our panel of authors about their guilty pleasure reads, explore the ways that different books can suit different times, and ask whether there's ever such a thing as time wasted with a book...

Events for Children and Families

During Book Week Scotland we are celebrating our local areas and the enjoyment of books and stories! Collect your Storytrail map from Knightswood, Dennistoun and Langside Libraries and enjoy a walk through your local community. The trails will lead you to Anniesland, Bridgeton and Govanhill Libraries where a Julia Donaldson storytime and take home craft activities will take place at 12pm. Who and what will you spot on the way? This is a fun, self-led event for families and a great way to find out more about the place where you live and re-connect with some of your favourite story characters along the way!

Saturday 20th Langside Library 11:15am start – end at Govanhill Library 12:00 noon.

Saturday 20th Knightswood Library 11:15am start - end at Anniesland Library 12:00 noon.

Saturday 20th Dennistoun Library 11:15am start – end at Bridgeton Library 12:00 noon.


We are putting on special Scottish themed Bookbug sessions at 9 of our libraries: Anniesland, Bridgeton, Dennistoun, Drumchapel, Gorbals, Ibrox, Partick, Pollokshaws and Springburn. Details of dates and times can be found on this page.

Scottish Book Trust Events

Scottish Book Trust's programme features a blend of events and activities for all ages right across the country. Authors include Chris Brookmyre, Kevin Crowe, Alex Gray, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Kirsten Mckenzie, Chris McQueer, Deborah Masson, Denise Mina, Maggie Ritchie, Caro Ramsay, James Robertson and Jules Scheele. There will also be storytelling for children and a variety of workshops, including digital writing, creative writing and comic and zine-making.

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks

Browse some of our Book Week Scotland ebooks and audio books or explore our specially curated collections for Adults and Kids on Overdrive.

Borrow books from our Libraries

Browse some of our Book Week Scotland titles, including our Top Scottish Children's Authors or search the online catalogue.

Learn More

There is more information about Book Week Scotland events in Glasgow and around the country on the Scottish Book Trust website.

Contact Us

We welcome feedback from library users.

Contact us to let us know how we are doing or if you want to find out more.