Bookface photo competition

Entering Blackhall Library’s Bookface competition is well easy.

1. Blend a book cover featuring a face, body or part of either with your own face or body. Like this:

(yeah you can use a dvd if you want)

2. Email your picture to and say whether you’re entering the adult, teenage or junior category (there are prizes for all)

3. Vote for the winning entries on the Blackhall Library Facebook page. The pics with the most likes win.

4. The closing date for entries is 14th December. So get busy.

Book Week Scotland artwork unveiled at Stockbridge Library

The waiting is over. Stockbridge Library’s special Book Week Scotland artwork was unveiled earlier today.

‘Under the Shy Moon’ was created by artist Rachel Barron and takes the form of a vinyl installation and geometric mobile, which is suspended from the beams within the library.

Image credit: Rob McDougall

Rachel explained:“Working directly with the architecture of the library, the installation has been made in response to Jackie Kay’s poem, which expresses the excitement and aspirations of an expectant mum. Inspired by astronomy and lunar cycles, the artwork represents the phases of our journey through life, using a gradient of colours. I am delighted to be part of the ‘Artworks for Libraries’ project, as it has allowed me to develop my work within a new context, towards my first permanent public artwork. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with the library community during the creative engagement workshops.”

The artwork was inspired by Dear Library, a poem written by best-selling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay as part of Book Week Scotland. Dear Library highlights the important role that libraries can play at every stage of an individual’s life, from childhood to old age. Rachel was given one verse of the poem to inspire her artwork, written from the perspective of an expectant mother. The full poem can be read on the Book Week Scotland website.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener for Culture and Sport at the City of Edinburgh Council said: “Thanks to Book Week Scotland, Stockbridge Library is now the proud home of Rachel Barron’s one-of-a-kind literary inspired artwork, which was developed with local children and their families. The library is a place anyone can visit freely, which means people across Edinburgh can stop by when they are in the area to take a look and enjoy the installation. We hope the artwork will entice people to visit  their local library and appreciate how much more there is to the surroundings and services.”

Stockbridge is the first of five Book Week Scotland artworks to be revealed this week, with Musselburgh, Saltcoats, Lennoxtown and Shetland due to be revealed over the next four days. Each artwork is inspired by a different verse of Dear Library and members of the communities have been given the opportunity to work with the artists during the creative process.

Russel D McLean at Gilmerton Library

Gilmerton Library hosts a treat for crime fiction fans:

A sneak preview of Russel D McLean’s Cry Uncle, due out later this month.

Cry Uncle is the fifth book in the J McNee series. Could this be the Dundonian investigator’s swan song?

Russel promises “readings, ramblings, a few bad jokes and some insight into how I managed to complete the five book plan I foolishly started upon publication of my debut novel, The Good Son“.

Book Week Scotland event at Gilmerton Library: Wednesday 26th November at  7pm. Book your free place now!

Visit Book Week Scotland to find out about other events, promotions and activities.

Love letters to libraries

What do you love best about your library?

As part of Book Week Scotland people throughout the country are being asked to write a love letter to their library. And we’d like you to get involved.

It’s easy. Write down what you love about your library – using this template letter if you like – and post it in the special letterboxes we’ve got at some libraries or just hand it in to a member of staff.


You can also post your comments on the Book Week Scotland site and if you’re feeling particularly energetic The Guardian are getting in on the act.

They’re not the only ones. BBC 6 Music have been celebrating libraries over the past couple of weeks as well. There must be something in the air.

We’ll sign off with spoken-word artist Scroobius Pip’s contribution to the 6 Music celebration, which might give you some ideas for your own love letter to your library.


James Oswald at Muirhouse Library

Hailed as ‘the new Ian Rankin’, author James Oswald is coming to Muirhouse Library for Book Week Scotland.

James will be reading from and talking about Dead Men’s Bones, the latest installment in the acclaimed Detective Inspector McLean series of novels.

Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself.

But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly?

For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realises he’s being manipulated by shadowy factions.

James is also the author of the Sir Benthro series of fantasy novels, which we’re sure he’ll talk about too if you ask him nicely.

And if you’ve got any questions about pedigree Highland cattle or New Zealand Romney sheep, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm in Fife in his ‘spare time’ so he’s your go-to guy on that topic as well.

This free event takes place at Muirhouse Library on Saturday 29th November at 3pm! Book a place now.

Visit Book Week Scotland to find out about other events, promotions and activities.

Author Catriona Child at South Queensferry Library

The sporting gene runs in the Child family. Eilidh is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist and sister Catriona, author of Trackman, has drawn on her experiences swimming for her club and university for her latest novel Swim until you can’t see land.

The book contrasts the struggles of injured swimmer Hannah Wright with the life of Marièle Downie, a wartime spy.

Hannah is forced to give up a promising career as a professional swimmer at the age of just 21, and is adjusting with difficulty to her narrowed horizons.

Meanwhile the wartime exploits of Marièle – who is now frail and old – unfold and she is revealed as a woman of extraordinary spirit.

Catriona will be at South Queensferry Library on Wednesday 26th November to read from and talk about the novel at a free Book Week Scotland event – reserve your place today.

Visit Book Week Scotland to find out about other events, promotions and activities.

Join writer and illustrator John Fardell at Sighthill Library

John Fardell is the author of the adventure trilogy featuring The Seven Professors of the Far North, The Flight of the Silver Turtle, and The Secret of the Black Moon Moth. 

He loves to visit schools and libraries, talking about his writing and encouraging kids to make comics and books.

John will be at Sighthill Library on Monday 24th November at a special Book Week Scotland event for readers aged 8-11.

To book a place at this free event phone 0131 529 5566 or email

Visit Book Week Scotland to find out about other events, promotions and activities.