Book Week Scotland 2021

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country. Book Week Scotland 2021 will take place 15–21 November and is supported by Creative Scotland and SLIC. West Dunbartonshire Libraries are delighted to bring you events with leading novelist Ewan Morrison and the visual artist and writer Amanda Thomson as well as a special schools event with Alastair Chisholm.

Please note that some Covid-19 restrictions will be in place and we ask everyone attending to wear a face mask unless exempt.

List of Events

A Scots Dictionary of Nature with Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson Small CIRCLE

Balloch Library
Tuesday 16 November at 7.00 pm

The Scots language has a deeply expressive vocabulary for the natural world. Join Amanda Thomson, visual artist and writer, for a fascinating exploration and celebration of this rich cultural inheritance. Amanda's book A Scots Dictionary of Nature brings together the language that we have created through the centuries to describe the animals, plants, weather and landscapes that we share our lives with. Amanda has collated and celebrated these traditional Scots words, which reveal ways of seeing and being in the world that are in danger of disappearing forever. What emerges is a vivid evocation of the nature and people of Scotland, past and present; of lives lived between the mountains and the sky. 

Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who teaches at the Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with a first from Glasgow School of Art and has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She explores ideas of home, movement and migration, landscapes and how places come to be made in her artwork. She lives and works in Glasgow and in Strathspey. A Scots Dictionary of Nature is her first book. 

We are delighted to be able to offer an evening with Amanda as we explore a vital part of our culture that deserves to be better known especially as we collectively endeavor to reset and rebalance our relationship with the natural world. 

"A stunning wee book detailing some of the wonderfully inventive Scots words that document the world around us." The List 

How to Survive Everything with Ewan Morrison

Ewan Morrison Small CIRCLE

Dumbarton Library
Wednesday 17 November at 7.00 pm

Haley and Ben live with their mother. But their dad has good reason to believe there's a new, much deadlier pandemic coming. He's determined to get them to the safety of his lockdown hideaway. NOW. The only problem is, there is no way their mother will go along with this plan.

Kidnapped by their father, they have no contact with the outside world. Can they survive? Will they save their mother? This is one teenage girl's survival guide for negotiating the collapse of everything she knows - including her family and sanity.

How to Survive Everything is an extraordinary crime thriller and apocalyptic dystopia. It has been called "a great pandemic novel" by Ian Rankin and "an absolutely brilliant read" by Lucy Mangan. Join us for an evening with one of Scotland's greatest contemporary novelists, Ewan Morrison, as he discusses his latest book. Ewan is a multi-award-winning novelist, screenwriter and essayist. His previous novels include Tales from the Mall, Swung and Nina X, which won the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year and is currently being developed as a feature film.

"A brilliant, intriguing, harrowing, illuminating story." Tim Minchin
"This is a seriously excellent novel." Irvine Welsh

Booking a place

These events are free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page.


In partnership with:

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