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Published 24 October 2019

West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services have organised a fantastic line-up of free events to celebrate Book Week Scotland.

The packed schedule includes talks from local author Paul Murdoch, popular crime writer Karen Campbell and acclaimed foreign affairs journalist David Pratt.

During the week – which runs between 18 – 24 November – book lovers will also have the chance to hear from author Malacy Tallack, and writer Kerry Hudson.

All of the events are free, but booking is advised.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: “This year’s events will have an exceptional mix of talented authors and inspirational speakers including the acclaimed journalist, David Pratt who will have a very interesting story to tell through his travels . Crime fiction is very popular and I’m sure Karen Campbell’s event on crime fiction will entertain. We are absolutely delighted to welcome local author, Paul Murdoch to this year’s line up whose talk promises to be a big hit with the audience. It is great that we have attracted such a wealth of talent to share their stories with us during this year’s Book Week Scotland events.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Corporate Services, added: “We have a great range of talent lined up for this year’s Book Week Scotland with a range of events at libraries across West Dunbartonshire.     Our staff have done a great job by securing high profile speakers  which will make our programme increasingly popular with our residents. I would encourage residents to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Paul Murdoch’s new book, Old Bloke Goes Running, tells the tale of a guy in his fifties who got fit, which he hopes will encourage others to realise that it’s never too late to get healthy.

Crime writer Karen Campbell will discuss her new book The Sound of the Hours, which is set during World War Two in Barga – Italy’s most Scottish town. The novel, about identity, conflict and love, tells the tale of Vittoria Guidi, who is trapped in Tuscany by the war and has to decide whether to side with her Scots-Italian father or with her Fascist mother.

Journalist, photographer, broadcaster and author, David Pratt has spent almost four decades working as a war correspondent and covering foreign affairs. In that time his work has been published and broadcast worldwide. Among many accolades for his work, he has been named Journalist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards. He is a regular contributor to the BBC, Contributing Foreign Editor with The Herald on Sunday and the  Sunday National and a columnist on international affairs with The National. David will be talking about his extensive experiences as a war correspondent and showing some of his photographs.

Also featuring at this year’s event are highly acclaimed writers, Malachy Tallack and Kerry Hudson,

Malachy Tallack , who was shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize,  writes both fiction and non-fiction along with  songs and poems. He is especially drawn to questions about place, community, identity and loss. His book, The Valley at the Centre of the World is a story about community and isolation, about what is passed down from generation to generation, and what is lost through time.

Kerry Hudson will give a personal, emotional talk of being brought up in poverty.  Her book Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns tells the story of her childhood which was spent on the move with her single mother, attending nine primary schools and five secondary schools.

To look in more detail at the programme of event and book your place, please visit