Monday 24th November
Matthew Fitt, Scottish writer, children's author, poet, editor, translator, educator & Scots language consultant will be entertaining a Primary 7 class from St Martin’s school, Tranent, however members of the public are very welcome to come along too. Matthew also translates well known children’s books, such as The Eejits (the Twits) by Roald Dahl, into Scots.
Tranent library, 2.00pm
Doug Allan, award-winning natural history photographer, documentary film maker, diver, author and public speaker. Doug has been captivating audiences across the UK with his sell-out tour, sharing his extraordinary filming challenges and successes. In his 30 year filming career, he’s been involved with more than 65 films, freelancing for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and others. If you’ve loved David Attenborough’s natural history programmes you’ll be familiar with Doug’s work. He was principal cameraman on many prestigious award-winning series including Operation Iceberg, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Human Planet, Life, Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer.
Brunton Theatre, 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 (£5.50 concession)
only available to book in person or by phone 0131 665 2240
Tuesday 25th November
Artist Emma Ewan will be unveiling her art installation at Musselburgh library. Musselburgh is one of five libraries across Scotland chosen to participate in the ‘Artworks for Libraries’ project. The purpose of the new artworks is to make libraries more visible in their own communities and to raise awareness of them as important assets for local people to enjoy. The artwork is inspired by Dear Library, a poem written by best-selling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay as part of Book Week Scotland’s Love Your Library! campaign. There will be lots of exciting things happening on launch day, check out the library website for more details nearer the time.
Musselburgh library, 10.30am
John Cairney - Writer, Actor, Painter and Raconteur is well known to audiences in Scotland and internationally through his one-man shows on Robert Burns, Robert Louise Stevenson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William McGonagall. He has written books on the first three of these famous Scots, as well as other books on football, theatre and his native Glasgow. In more than fifty years as an artist, he has worked as an actor, recitalist, lecturer, director and theatre consultant as well as being a published author and an exhibited painter. John is the special guest at our weekly Sports reminiscence session, which is normally attended by older gentlemen only, but on this very special occasion the guys are welcoming all who wish to come along, ladies included!!
Haddington library, 11.00am
Bass rock books
Join our panel of well known local folk for an informal chat about books and reading. We'd like to hear about your favourites, as well as the ones you'd recommend avoiding at all costs! And up for the vote - do you prefer to read an actual book, or have you been won over by e-book technology? Have you had any success self publishing? Come along and join in the real life, not virtual, chat!
North Berwick library, 7.00pm
Wednesday 26th November
Where memories go
Sally Magnusson, Scottish broadcaster and author, and her two sisters cared for their mother, Mamie, during her long struggle with dementia, until her death in 2012. This moving and honest account of losing a loved one day by day to an insidious disease is both deeply personal and a challenging call to arms.
Faced with one of the greatest social, medical, economic and moral challenges of our times, society must urgently reconsider how we look after the most fragile of our citizens.
Town House, Haddington. 7.30pm.
Before this event, Sally will call in to Haddington library from 5.45pm to 6.15pm to sign copies of her Horace the Haggis books
Thursday 27th November
Dragon Tales – Quest for a cave
Judy Hayman tells tales of feisty young dragon, Emily, and the adventures she and her family get up to in the Scottish Highlands. For all the family.
Haddington library, 3.30pm.
Wise wives and warlocks
David McK Robertson takes a comprehensive look at witches, magic, healers, charmers, wise women and warlocks of East Lothian
North Berwick library, 7.15pm
Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition when he spent14 months as the base camp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station in Antarctica. So remote it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than from Halley in winter. Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and a rare opportunity to live among Emperor penguins. Following the penguins throughout the year, from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness, Gavin explores a world of great beauty, and experiences the hardships of living at 50 degrees below zero. This is travel writing at its very best.
Dunbar library, 7.30pm.
For Faughie’s Sake
Laura Marney is the Scottish author of the best-selling novels No Wonder I Take a Drink, Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby, Only Strange People go to Church and My Best Friend has Issues. Her new book, For Faughie’s Sake, is the long awaited sequel to No Wonder I take a drink which was voted by the public as one of the Top 20 Scottish books for The List. Her new book takes a sideways approach to politics and community and a light-hearted, if irreverent, look at contemporary Scottish life. Laura is very, very funny but her black humour is most definitely not for youngsters - making this an adult only event!
Prestonpans library, 7.00 pm
Friday 28th November
Teddy bear sleep over
Calling all teddies to a fun-filled sleepover with their teddy friends. Drop your cuddly friends off at Dunbar library before it closes at 5pm. Follow your teddy’s adventures online www.coastword.co.uk
Pick up from 10am on Saturday. A CoastWord Festival Kid’s event for Book Week Scotland
Saturday 29th November
Kids take over the library
Enjoy a morning of word-based games, activities and storytelling for pre-school and primary aged children including:
10.00am Pick up your teddy story time
10.30am Bookbug – music, rhymes and stories for under 5s
11.00am-12.00 noon Storytelling hour with the magic of Fergus the Storyteller, from the wonderful Macastory.
A CoastWord Festival Kid’s event
Dunbar library, 10.00am-12.00noon
An invitation to join some of our families to talk about what books they treasured as children and what books the youngsters love today! We will be having tea, coffee & cake - an event for the whole family, just remember to bring along your favourite book!
Longniddry library, 10.30am – 11.30am
How long can our treasure train be? In the run up to Book Week Scotland we’ll be asking families to let us know about their favourite books to add to our Treasure Train. We’ll be unveiling our train at 2pm - why not come along and chat about your choices?
Musselburgh library, 2.00pm
Annual Readers’ day event
Quintin Jardine is our special guest for our annual readers’ day event. Originally a get together for members of our bookgroups, the invitation to attend is now extended to everyone, and we’re delighted that this year Quintin is able to join us. Every so often Quintin Jardine does something different. In his landmark 40th novel, “Mathew’s tale”, Quintin tells the remarkable story of a man’s quest for justice – at any cost. After 7 years away, Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. When a terrible act of murder occurs, he must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law.
Also – the ever popular and sometimes ridiculously difficult, Literary Quiz, Love letter to your library, favourite literary Scottish character, book swap, reading pledge, afternoon tea
Haddington library, 3.00pm. Free
Noble Cause and The Shortest Days of the Year – volumes 1 & 2 of the Grace den Herder trilogy
Peter Ritchie draws on his experience of the CID, Murder Squad and Organised Crime Unit in these authentic and exciting crime novels featuring Grace den Herder. She leaves an unhappy childhood and a promising career as a lawyer behind to take on the toughest of challenges: joining the Royal Ulster Constabulary, where her performance and dedication leads to a spectacular rise through the ranks of Special Branch. Forced to leave Northern Ireland however, she rebuilds her career as a detective in the newly formed Major Crime Team in Lothian and Borders.
Musselburgh library, 3.00pm Free
Sunday 30th November
Contact the elderly tea party. We're hoping to hold regular monthly teaparties for the elderly (75 years plus). If you're interested in volunteering, which involves collecting an elderly person from their home, bringing them along to the teaparty and then taking them back, please come along to this very first tea party to find out more. If you know of anyone who lives in the Haddington area who may wish to attend these parties, please let the staff at Haddington library know.
The Star room, John Gray Centre, Haddington. 2.30-3.30pm
All week we’ll be asking people to join in with our video recital of There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midge by Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland and we’ll share it online in December.
Mini book tour.
Judy Hayman, author of the wonderful Dragon Tales – Quest for a cave, is embarking on a mini book tour during Book Week Scotland. Everyone is welcome to join the invited school classes to hear Judy tell her tales of feisty young dragon, Emily, and the adventures she and her family get up to in the Scottish Highlands.
Musselburgh library, morning, but time to be confirmed
East Linton library, 2.15pm. Primary 1 class
Dunbar library, 9.30am and 10.45am. Primary 3 classes
All events are free with the exception of Doug Allan at the Brunton Theatre