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Book Week Scotland 2018 offers a varied menu of fiction and non-fiction authors, poets and singer-songwriters listed below.


West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services are delighted to present our line-up for Book Week Scotland 2018. 

There is a strong crime fiction theme to this year's events and we are delighted to welcome back Booker Prize short-listed author Graeme Macrae Burnet to West Dunbartonshire.  He will be talking about his latest book "The Accident on the A35".  Fans of crime with a humorous twist will love Olga Wojtas who is discussing her book Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar.  Her ready wit has been compared to Jane Austen and Wodehouse! 

Bibliophiles will love Daniel Gray's Scribbles in the Margins which is a love letter to all things book and reading related.  You can also learn how you too can become a writer and self-publish.  Two leading exponents of self-publishing, Emma Baird and Caron Allan, will explain all in Murder, Mayhem and Indie Publishing.

All of our events are absolutely free of charge and we always throw in a cup of tea so get booking now.


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Calendar of Events

Monday 19th November at 7.00pm 

Murder, Mayhem and Indie Publishing
with Emma Baird and Caron Allan

Location - Dalmuir Library


Ever wondered if you could make it as an author? The internet, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and more have made it ridiculously easy to self publish, and the quality of books available in this sphere is better than ever, thanks to the wide range of self-publishing services now available.  Self-published authors Emma Baird and Caron Allan discuss Caron’s books, and her writing and publishing process from start to finish. 

  • Do you need beta readers?
  • And what are beta readers, anyway?
  • How do you typeset a book?
  • What options are there for printing?
  • What’s the best way to edit your work, and what free online tools are available for authors?
caron allan

Caron Allan is the author of the Friendship Can Be Murder trilogy and the Dottie Manderson mysteries. Her latest book, Scotch Mist, came out this year, and The Last Perfect Summer of Richard Dawlish is scheduled for publication in November.  Caron published her first book in 2012, and her books have gone on to sell tens of thousands of copies and providing her with a full-time income.

Emma Baird is a freelance copywriter and has three books to her name—Katie and the Deelans, The Diabetes Diet and The Girl Who Swapped.

Tuesday 20th November at 7.00pm

Daniel Gray
Presents - "Scribbles In The Margins" 


Location - Alexandria Library

 This is an event that all true book lovers will not want to miss. Daniel Gray's Scribbles in The Margins is a love song to all the pleasure and delight that books and reading bring to our lives. Daniel Gray is a writer, social historian and broadcaster. His previous books have received much critical acclaim and they include Homage to Caledonia which is about Scots who fought in the Spanish Civil War and Saturday 3.00 pm which celebrates football.

In 50 short essays Daniel explores why reading and books matter and how they are a vital component of a happy life. Who doesn't look at the bookshelves in someone's house and wonder if we will share the same taste or enjoy reading the handwritten dedications in secondhand books which give a glimpse into someone else's life. Come along and celebrate the joys of reading and books with your fellow bibliophiles.

Wednesday 21st November at 7.00pm

Graeme Macrae Burnet - Present "The Accident on the A35"


Location - Dumbarton Library

Join Booker-shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet for a fantastic evening of crime and mystery. Those people who are fans of "His Bloody Project" and "The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau" will not want to miss this as Graeme discusses his latest book, "The Accident on the A35". There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs

Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death?Gorski's exploration of this mystery reveals the dark currents that run beneath the respectable façade of a sleepy provincial French town. Graeme is always very stimulating company and this will be an evening that all lovers of crime and literary fiction will not want to miss.

Thursday 22nd November at 7.15pm 

Olga Wotja - Presents "Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar"


Location - Balloch Library

"Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar" is a comedy crime novel which has been compared to Jane Austen, Stella Gibbons and Wodehouse for its satirical wit. It fuses lots of different elements - Russia, crime, school and even time travel into a comic rollercoaster ride of adventure. 

The Marcia Blane school has developed a time travel system so that its students can help to make the world a better place all through time. Shona McMonagle is especially chosen for a mysterious mission in 19th century Russia and as she tries to pair up the beautiful, shy, orphaned heiress Lidia Ivanovna with Sasha, a gorgeous young man of unexplained origins, things go increasingly awry and the body count increasingly mounts up. 

Olga Wotjas is a very welcome addition to extraordinary pantheon of Scottish crime writers and this is a great opportunity to see her as she becomes a major star. She is a great reader of her own work and this will be a thoroughly entertaining evening. 

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