Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading delivered by the Scottish Book Trust in partnership with local library authorities and other organisations. This year East Lothian library service is combining with The Saltire festival to provide a fantastic week of events throughout East Lothian. Highlights of the week include an evening with celebrated crime writers Arne Dahl, Eva Dolan and Stuart Neville, in the atmospheric setting of St Mary’s parish church in Haddington; TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra endurance adventurer Mark Beaumont will be appearing at the Brunton theatre; meet Tartan noir crime novelist Lin Anderson at Tranent library; Ann Cleeves, author of the hugely popular Vera series and the Jimmy Perez detective series, set in Shetland, will be visiting Port Seton community centre. Professional Michelin starred chef and food writer Christopher Trotter will be demonstrating and chatting about Scottish produce and his cookery books. Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore are probably Britain’s most popular comedy writing and performing double act for young people and they are including Haddington in their whirlwind world tour! Other events include local authors David Robertson, Victoria Hendry, Judy Hayman, AnneMarie Allan and Ed James. Ed will be embarking on a mini tour of East Lothian during the week and will be discussing his crime novels mostly featuring Detective Constable Scott Cullen, set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians. The library service’s Reader in Residence and founder of the CoastWord festival in Dunbar, Hannah Lavery, is also presenting a series of events during the Book Week and Saltire festivals, including Village Pub Theatre at North Berwick library; a series of Writing Workshops, one of which features the wonderfully talented poet Michael Pedersen; Reading café on Tour with debut author Catherine Simpson. Look out for appearances from the North Berwick and Dunbar lifeboat crews; Journeys with poets Rita Bradd, Rachel McCrum and singer songwriter Kirsty Law, telling how the sea, coast, seaside towns and travelling have influenced their work; "Coorie doon" with an afternoon of music, storytelling and poetry at the Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar and last, but not least, "Kids take over Dunbar library with Muddy Buddies, Book bug and Music makers."
Details of the full programme from East Lothian library service will soon be available at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/libraries
For events nationwide visit www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland