Book Week Scotland 2020

Join us as we look to the 'Future' with this year's Book Week Scotland. Taking place between Monday 16th and Sunday 22nd November, there's loads going on and we'd love you to join in..find out more below.


For Adults

Go Back to the Future and join our online panel of former members of the Jackie magazine team for an entertaining evening of chat and laughter about the magazine world past and future.

If you were a Jackie fan you’ll love meeting:

· Fiona Gibson - fashion editor turned author

· Cathy Cassidy - fiction editor turned author

· Gayle Anderson - pop editor, then editor of the magazine and keeper of Cathy and Claire problem pages! Now freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, and comedy critic for the Edinburgh Fringe.

· Wendy Rigg - fashion editor and cover star! Now successful stylist for lots of magazines including Saga and the Sunday Post magazine.

Wendy and her fellow panel members will be joined by OnFife Libraries’ very own Macmillan Volunteer Co-Ordinator and former Jackie magazine pop and assistant editor, Jackie Brown who’ll be chairing this fantastic event!

Confessions of a Bookseller with Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover’s paradise? Well, almost…

Shaun’s bestselling books (Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller) give an inside look at what really goes on in a bookshop – from both sides of the counter! He is also the man behind the Random Book Club – random because you don’t know what the book will be until it arrives. So why not join us online this Book Week Scotland to hear Shaun chat about his experiences, sample a taste of the Random Book Club and find out more about his new book Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops.

Flash Fiction Competition

Can you get creative and write piece of short fiction inspired by one of our Flash Fiction writing prompts...but you have to do it in 100 words or less!

Each day, Monday to Friday, during Book Week Scotland we'll be posting a prompt, based on the theme of the future, written for us by amazing Scottish author Lisa Ballantyne. Prompts will be posted at 10 am each morning on, and on this page, then you'll have until midnight on the same day to submit your entry. You must be 16 or over to enter and entries should be emailed to There's a £25 book token to be won each day so get writing. Please check the competition Terms and conditons before entering. Terms and Conditions can be found here

Flash Fiction Prompt - Friday 20th November

 ‘A woman is released from prison after spending nearly ten years there for murder. Whilst she was in prison, she allowed her only daughter to be adopted. Now free she tries to find her and discover the young woman she has become.’


Free Future Book

We'll be giving away copies of the Scottish Book Trust's free book, packed full of 'Future' stories,  in our libraries during Book Week Scotland while stock last...if you haven't managed to pick up a copy, don't worry, you can read the stories here.

Events for Young People on ONFife Virtual LibrarYAY

Ross MacKenzie with his new book Evernight - Monday 16 November at 4pm & 4.30pm, for ages 9-11 years

We are very excited to welcome Ross MacKenzie to YAY for this First Minister’s Reading Challenge event and Chatterbooks LIVE question and answer session!

Ross is the multi-award winning author of the magical Nowhere Emporium series, Shadowsmith, Zac and the Dream Pirates series and his latest book is, Evernight. His books combine magic, fantasy, adventure and continue to be popular with our Chatterbooks groups and in our libraries.

Ross will be with us from 4pm, with a not to be missed LIVE question and answer session at 4.30pm. 

Roopa Farooki with The Cure for a Crime - Tuesday 17 November at 2pm, for ages 7-10 years

This event has been made possible, thanks to the sponsorship and support of our 12 VIP schools

Roopa Farooki is an author AND an A&E Doctor working for the NHS in London and Kent. Roopa will talk about her book, The Cure for a Crime from the Double Detectives Medical Mystery Series, featuring twins, Ali and Tulip who have some super sleuthing skills. The heroes of this story don’t mind a bit of rule breaking, fast talking and using that “spooky twin thing” to solve some very unusual mysteries!

Michelle Sloan with her Animal Adventures Club series- Wednesday 18 November at 11am, for ages  6-10 years

Michelle Sloan on Twitter: "It's fab Panna. Xxx… "

Join award-winning author Michelle Sloan, as she reads you an exert from her Animal Adventure Club series and meet the gang that are always around to help any animals in trouble. Find out more about Isla, Buzz, Gracie and the new girl Lexi and how they just love to help out at their local nature reserve, while getting up to lots of adventures along the way. Michelle also has a fun quiz for you to find out which Animal Adventure Club member you are most like ... who will it be?

This event is our gift to you as part of the Scottish Storytelling Festival’s Big Story Ripple, kindly supported by Live Literature Funding and part of our Cupar 150 celebrations. 

A.M. Dassu with Boy, Everywhere on Thursday 19 November at 2pm, for ages 10-12 years

Boy, Everywhere: The importance of accurate, authentic representation in  children's books | BookTrust

This event has been made possible, thanks to the sponsorship and support of our 12 VIP schools

A.M. Dassu is a Magistrate, based in England and she has had writing aspirations since she was 8 years old. A.M. Dassu will talk to you about her book, Boy, Everywhere, a poignant book about a young boy called Sami and his journey from a privileged life in Syria to one of poverty in England.

This is a book filled with issues to stimulate discussions and raise awareness of how and why people become refugees and the dangers they are willing to face for a better future. This story is a reminder that becoming a refugee should not be seen as something that happens to others, but something that could happen to any one of us.

Nick Arnold with My Horrible Life on Friday 20 November at 2pm, for ages 7-11 years

Horrible Science with Nick Arnold | Nerve Centre

Fanfare please! It’s our final author of our Book Week Scotland 2020 extravaganza … It’s the one … the only … Nick Arnold!

Nick Arnold is the author of the gruesomely great, Horrible Science books! Packed with weird and wonderful, and a bit yucky, scientific facts. Ugly Bugs, Deadly Diseases, Fatal Forces and Disgusting Digestion to name only a few, are some of the amazing books that look at science in a fun and entertaining way. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Nick for some extreme experiments, there might or might not be one involving poo …  and have some fun with science.

There will also be questions from our 2020 Big Book Brains Winners, Hurray for Lawhead Primary!

Book Week Scotland Finale, Book Treasure Hunt : Monday 16 – Sunday 22nd November, for ages 7-12 years

Tune into ONFife Virtual LibrarYAY at 12 noon and 6pm, Monday to Friday, for clues to a finale to end all finales. Can you decipher the riddles to work out the letters to the book treasure locations? X may not mark the spot this time! Once you’ve solved the clues then off you pop on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November to hunt down your book treasures. There will be some clues on Saturday and Sunday to help you out too AND don’t forget to send us pictures of your Book Treasure Hunt adventures to ONFife Virtual LibrarYAY Facebook page.

Good Luck at finding one of our 50 Book Treasure Hunt prizes!

But that’s not all ….

We will also have our amazing Bookbug sessions on Monday - Friday at 10am and Storytimes at 11am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Don’t forget to comment on these 11am storytime posts by 23 November,  to be in with a chance of WINNING these FOUR wonderful picture books. And last but not least we will also have our Kids’ Dens slot on Tuesday - Friday at 4pm with Code ClubCraftsLego builds and Book V Film.

Happy Book Week Scotland 2020!

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