26 November 2018
Book Week Scotland takes place every year during November and is organised by Scottish Book Trust.
Events are held across the country to share and enjoy books and reading.
During Book Week Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced every public library in Scotland will receive a complete collection of Muriel Spark novels.
?Every library in Scotland will receive a complete set of Muriel Spark books. FM @NicolaSturgeon made the announcement during #BookWeekScotland while visiting Loanhead Public Library. https://t.co/ogpGjUkviG pic.twitter.com/hJ2BPjk997
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) November 21, 2018
The announcement was made at Loanhead Public Library where the First Minister met a reading club and took part in a Bookbug session.
During Book Week Scotland, the First Minister was also invited to Bridge of Allan Primary School to open their new Literacy Lounge.
It was a privilege to join pupils, parents and staff at the opening of the new Literacy Lounge at Bridge of Allan Primary School. It is a fantastic resource for the school and everyone involved in the project, especially the children who have played a big part in the design of the space, should be proud of their work.
“I’ve loved reading from an early age and some of my happiest childhood memories involve immersing myself in stories. Reading opens up a whole new world of adventure and fun for children and also helps develop and improve their literacy. I have no doubt the new Literacy Lounge will inspire pupils for years to come.”
— Bridge of Allan Primary (@BridgeofAllanPS) November 22, 2018
As the week came to an end, the First Minister joined author Maggie O’Farrell for a Q&A at Stirling Castle to discuss their favourite books.
They were both asked to choose their five favourite books on the theme of ‘rebel’. The First Minister’s choices were:
- Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir
- Autumn by Ali Smith
Oh what a night! We had a fantastic time at Stirling Castle for #BookWeekScotland with Maggie O'Farrell and First Minister @NicolaSturgeon. Their recommended rebellious reads can be found here: https://t.co/KVNxkPwrad. Many thanks to @HistEnvScot for being such welcoming hosts! pic.twitter.com/mga1IyJMER
— Book Week Scotland (@BookWeekScot) November 23, 2018