Book Week takes place between Monday, 27 November to Sunday, 3 December
One of Scotland's leading crime fiction writers and a high profile poet are heading for South Ayrshire to bring their work to life for Book Week 2017. The pairing is just one of the highlights for this year's festival, which celebrates reading and the wide-range of services available in South Ayrshire's libraries.
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading which this year takes place from Monday, 27 November to Sunday, 3 December. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading.
In South Ayrshire, the free headline event, held at the University of the West of Scotland's Ayr Campus Library will see crime writer, Louise Welsh and Poet, Alan Riach, discuss the great writers who nourished and liberated their imaginations, and led them to their present careers. Louise will read from her new novel 'No Dominion', while Alan will read from his new collection of poetry 'The Winter Book.'
Other highlights this year include:
- Carnegie Library, Ayr: ADAPT! A literary themed film-making workshop; A Games Of Thrones cookery demonstration; Soul Food: Nourish your body and elevate your mind; Reading lunch for all; Film Night; Film Show for Families; Cup cake decorating workshop.
- Girvan Library: Mystery screening; Nourish therapy; Afternoon Mystery Book Café.
- Prestwick Library: Mindfulness, an introduction; Reading Lunch for All; Cup cake decorating workshop.
- Troon Library: Soul Food: Nourish your body and elevate your mind; Reading lunch for all; Cup cake decorating workshop.
Councillor Brian McGinley, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Leisure & Tourism said this year's programme had a lot to offer, "Book Week gives people a great excuse to take time out to take a closer look at what's happening in their local library.
"Many of this year's events, including the headliner with Louise Welsh and Alan Riach, are free to attend; with the programme bringing people together in libraries to experience a broad range of discussions and guests.
"We're committed to making cultural events like these accessible to people in South Ayrshire and I'd urge anyone with a curious mind to sign-up and help support Book Week 2017."