Book Week Scotland

Lanarkshire’s libraries are preparing to get fully booked up as Scotland’s largest book festival approaches. The week-long event, which commences on Monday 21 November 2016, will see a number of well-known authors descend on Lanarkshire to talk about all things literary.

John Lees: Horror in Comics

John Lees is an up and coming comic book writer from Rutherglen best known for his horror comics. Recently announced as the writer of the next series of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, John has produced the comic books ‘And Then Emily Was Gone’ and ‘The Standard and Oxymoron: the Loveliest Nightmare.’ The event is a great opportunity to find out more about the inspiration behind some of the world’s spookiest comics. This event will start at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22 November and is not suitable for very young children.

John Convery: Saudi Arabia to Scotland in a Land Rover

Those with a passion for traveling will not want to miss out when author John Convery recounts his incredible journey from ‘Saudi Arabia to Scotland in a Land Rover.’ John will take the audience through his trip, discussing the highs and lows, and showing some of his breathtaking photography captured along the way. The presentation will take place at St Leonards Library, East Kilbride, on Tuesday 22 November. It will begin at 1.30pm and tickets costs just £3.

Jackie Copleton and Maggie Ritchie: Writing Historical Fiction

Jackie’s debut novel ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’ was chosen as part of Richard and Judy’s Summer 2016 Book Club. The story is set in 1940s Japan and follows a number of families as they deal with the aftermath of a nuclear strike. Jackie will be joined by award-winning author and The Times journalist Maggie Ritchie who will talk about her own debut novel ‘A Paris Kiss.’ Maggie is a highly respected writer whose work has been described by the Sunday Mirror as flowing ‘from the page like a piece of art.’

There are two opportunities to catch Jackie and Maggie as they will be speaking atStrathaven Library on Tuesday 22 November and East Kilbride Library on Thursday 24 November. Both events run from 1.30 – 2.30pm and tickets costs just £3.

Kerr Thomson: Sound of the Whales

Local teacher Kerr Thomson will be at East Kilbride Library on 24 November to talk about his new work ‘Sound of the Whales.’ The fascinating book follows three children who get caught up in a mystery while on holiday on a remote Scottish island. Previously the winner of The Times’ Children’s fiction prize, this piece of literature is great for anyone who has a love of the great outdoors. His talk starts at 6.30pm and tickets costs £1.50.

Mason Cross: Carter Blake series

Author Mason Cross is heading to East Kilbride Library on Friday 25 November to talk about the final book in the popular ‘Carter Blake’ trilogy. A must-attend for those who have a passion for fast paced crime thrillers and want to find out about this award winning Glasgow-based author. Tickets cost just £3 and the event starts at 2pm

For more details on upcoming events happening in Lanarkshire visit our dedicated events page.