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OnFife’s Book Week events spotlight two very different success stories

10 November 2020

Avid readers of teenage magazine Jackie can revel in an evening of chat, laughter and unashamed nostalgia to be hosted by OnFife Libraries next week.

Anyone who fondly remembers the iconic publication, which sold 600,000-copies a week at its 1970s peak, will be able to reminisce with key members of the writing team.

The online event on Wednesday, 18 November, is one three OnFife-hosted events during Book Week Scotland – the country’s biggest celebration of reading and writing.

Joining the Zoom session will be former fashion, pop and fiction writers, as well as an ex-editor of the eagerly anticipated Cathy and Claire problem pages.

The event will be chaired by OnFife’s Jackie Brown, who was a pop writer and assistant editor on the magazine, which was published by DC Thomson from 1964 to 1993.

OnFife Libraries is also offering an inside peek into what really goes on in the wonderful world of second-hand bookshops. Providing the insights will be bookseller turned bestselling author, Shaun Bythell.

The owner of Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop will be chatting online about some of the day-to-day experiences that have shaped his two runaway literary successes.

The author of Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller is also the man behind the Random Book Club – random because you don’t know what the book will be until it arrives.

He creates some of the drollest, book-related content online as well. It is hardly surprising perhaps, given his dry wit and the wealth of material at his disposal – a shop with 100,000 books.

It promises to be an intriguing evening – a chance to sample a taste of the Random Book Club, and to appreciate Shaun’s new book, Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops.

Aspiring writers who would like to emulate Shaun’s success can enter OnFife Libraries’ third celebration for Book Week, a Flash Fiction competition, which runs throughout the week.

It is an invitation to get creative and come up with a piece of short fiction, inspired by a daily writing prompt. Entrants have to respond to the alert in 100 words or less.

Each day, Monday to Friday, during Book Week Scotland, a prompt created by Scottish author Lisa Ballantyne will be posted, based on Book Week’s theme of the future.

Prompts will be posted at 10 am each morning on the OnFife Libraries’ Facebook and Twitter pages. Budding writers have until midnight on the same day to submit their entry.


For further information contact: Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email: sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors: OnFife (Fife Cultural Trust) is a registered charity and manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com


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