Be a rebel: read a book

Find out about rebellious Scottish women throughout history and more at a series of free events in Aberdeenshire libraries.

The council’s Libraries and Information Service is hosting the sessions to coincide with Book Week Scotland, which takes place between Monday, November 19, and Sunday, November 25.

The Scottish Book Trust is searching for the ‘most rebellious read’ in the 21st century. Here in Aberdeenshire there will be four talks by authors discussing rebellion in Scotland.

Maggie Craig, who has written a definitive book on female involvement in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, will discuss Scotland’s radicals, reformers and revolutionaries at the Brander Library in Huntly at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 20. The talk is called Rebel Spirit: Scotland’s Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries. You can book by visiting https://rebel-spirit.eventbrite.com or ask at your local library.

Find out how Sara Sheridan has been a rebel. She will be revealing all during a discussion about female characters who don’t fit the mould at Banchory Library at 4pm on Wednesday, November 21, during a talk called Breaking the mould. You can book by visiting https://breaking-the-mould.eventbrite.com or ask at your local library.

Rebels Among the Ranks is the title of Professor Sarah Pederson’s presentation at Balmedie Library, at 7pm on Thursday, November 22. You can book by visiting https://rebels-among-the-ranks.eventbrite.com or ask at your local library.

Be inspired by tales of Cromwellian women who became the journalists of their day by listening to Shona MacLean’s talk called Cromwellian Rebels: Radical women and the Civil War. It takes place at Banff Library at 2pm on Saturday, November 24.  You can book by visiting https://cromwellian-rebels.eventbrite.com or ask at your local library.

There is also the opportunity to meet Syrian families who have settled in Aberdeenshire and hear about their experiences. Syrian goodies will be provided as refreshments. A taste of Syria takes place at 6:30pm on Monday, November 19 at Westhill Library. You can book by visiting https://a-taste-of-syria.eventbrite.com or ask at your local library.

Furthermore, there is the chance to come and hear the renowned Tartan Noir author Christopher Brookmyre speak about his writing career to-date at Mearns Community Campus Library at 7pm on Thursday, November 22.  You can book by visiting https://christopher-brookmyre-abdnshire.eventbrite.com or you can ask at your local library.