Scotland will host its first ever national week-long celebration of reading in 2012 – The Year of Creative Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced on Monday 18 June.
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs joined author Ian Rankin and Scots Makar Liz Lochhead at the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh today, to announce that Book Week Scotland will be held from Monday November 26 until Sunday December 2, 2012.
People the length and breadth of Scotland will be encouraged to engage in the first ever week-long national celebration of reading, and to participate in a range of free events to be held throughout the week.
Initiated by the Scottish Government, Book Week Scotland will be delivered on behalf of Creative Scotland by Scottish Book Trust, the leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing in Scotland.
Scottish Book Trust will work with authors, workplaces, libraries and schools across the nation to deliver a packed programme of free projects and events, bringing Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate books and reading.
Key partners including Scottish Library and Information Council, Publishing Scotland, and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature will help to deliver Book Week Scotland activity.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Book Week Scotland will be a national, inclusive celebration of reading. It will encourage Scots from all backgrounds, of all ages and with all interests, to embark or continue on a reading journey. It will also provide a platform – in our Year of Creative Scotland - to celebrate our nation’s exceptional cultural, creative and literary talent.
“The Scottish Government is firmly committed to increasing learning through the arts and culture, and to promoting the value of taking part in cultural activity. Through Book Week Scotland, we hope to engage the whole of Scotland in these important aims.”
The development of Book Week Scotland is being supported with £150,000 from Creative Scotland’s Year of Creative Scotland programme, which is funded with investment from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Scottish Book Trust is working with a range of partners to lever additional funding and support.
The full programme of events will be announced in the Autumn.