Aberdeenshire celebrates Book Week Scotland

Book lovers across the North East can look forward to a fantastic array of events next week celebrating Book Week Scotland thanks to Aberdeenshire Council’s Library Service.

The programme spans from encounters with some of Planet Earth’s largest creatures with wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allan to tales of football and comedy with sports journalist and presenter Tam Cowan.

Marine biologist Matt Lewis will kick off Book Week at 6.15pm on Monday, November 21 at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh speaking about his bestselling book Last Man Off, a gripping account of his experience of shipwreck and survival in the Antarctic Ocean.

On Tuesday, November 22, expect details of the gritty inside story of the original Peterhead Prison with true crime writer Robert Jeffery who will visit Peterhead Library from 7pm.

A whole host of other events will be taking place in schools, libraries and community venues across Aberdeenshire throughout the week. The full programme can be found on Aberdeenshire Council’s website http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries/readers/book-week-scotland/

Tickets range from £5-£15 with some events free. Tickets are expected to be in high demand so pre-booking is recommended – to do so visit http://tinyurl.com/bswaberdeenshire/

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, Cllr Alison Evison, said: “There is something for everyone as part of this excellent programme organised by our Library Service to celebrate Book Week Scotland.

“The theme for 2016 is discovery and the events on offer mean Aberdeenshire communities can discover new experiences, interests and ideas including the underwater world, wildlife from photographers’ perspectives and travel to real and imagined places.

“The topic and venues for these events have been chosen specifically to be a bit ‘out of the ordinary’ from traditional library events and author talks and I’m sure they will bring new experiences to audiences who may not be regular library users.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Cllr Charles Buchan, said: “Book Week is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to come together to share their love of books and reading.

“Book Week is real coup by our librarians who have done a fantastic job in getting award-winning, big names up to Aberdeenshire to tell their tales – ranging from the realities of Scottish island life with Malachy Tallack in Inverurie to Roman thrillers with Douglas Jackson at Mearns Community Campus.

“There is already significant demand for tickets for these events so I’d recommend anyone interested in attending book online as soon as possible.”