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Book Week Scotland 2019 at West Dunbartonshire Libraries offers a varied menu of fiction and non-fiction authors.

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country.  It runs nationally from the 18th to the 24th of November.  West Dunbartonshire Libraries have a great line-up of events to celebrate this national festival of reading.

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


All events are FREE but ticketed


ALL Tickets for these events are available on Eventbrite

Book Week Scotland 2019 List of Events

Karen Campbell presents
"The Sound of the Hours"

Parkhall Library
Monday 18th November at 7.00pm


On Monday evening Karen Campbell, the hugely popular crime writer, will be talking about her new book 'The Sound of the Hours', at Parkhall Library.  This is a historical novel which is about identity, conflict and love, set during World War Two in Barga – Italy’s most Scottish town. Vittoria Guidi is trapped in Tuscany by the war and she has to decide whether to side with her Scots-Italian father or with her Fascist mother? This event will appeal both to lovers of historical fiction and Karen’s huge legion of fans.  

David Pratt
Talks about his experiences from the frontline as a war correspondent.

Dalmuir Library
Tuesday 19th November at 7.00pm

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Journalist, photographer, broadcaster and author, David Pratt has spent almost four decades working as a war correspondent and covering foreign affairs. In that time his work has been published and broadcast worldwide.

Among many accolades for his work, he has been named Journalist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards. He has also twice been Reporter of the Year and twice Feature Writer of the Year and is a five times finalist in the Amnesty International Media Awards for human rights reporting.

He is a regular contributor to the BBC, Contributing Foreign Editor with The Herald on Sunday / Sunday National and a columnist on international affairs with The National.

Author of Intifada -The Long Day of Rage a book about the Palestinian uprisings, he is currently completing a memoir about his boyhood and years as a war correspondent. A BBC Scotland television documentary about this life and work ‘Pictures from Afghanistan’ will be broadcast later this year. He will be talking about his experiences as a war correspondent and showing some of his photographs.

Paul Murdoch presents
"Old Bloke Goes Running"

Alexandria Library
Wednesday 20th November at 7.00pm

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Many of us as we get older realise that we are quite not as fit as we would like to be and local author, Paul Murdoch, takes a wry look at taking up exercise again in your fifties.  Paul will be talking about his book, Old Bloke Goes Running, at Alexandria Library on Wednesday the 20th of November at 7.00 pm.  As Paul himself says,  its “A real tale of a guy in his fifties who got fit the easy way - run a bit... have fun a bit...”  As well as being very amusing we hope that Paul will encourage others to realise that it’s never too late to get fit and healthy. 


Jack Monroe - delivering a cooking workshop and talk

Wednesday 20th of November from 9.30 – 10.30 am

Centre 81

2-16 Braes Ave, Clydebank. G81 1DP 


As part of Book Week Scotland and to celebrate National Mobile Libraries Day we are absolutely delighted to announce that Jack Monroe, the food writer, journalist and activist will be spending the day with West Dunbartonshire Libraries Mobile Library Service.  We are very excited about this and know that the issues that Jack is so passionate about will resonate with many members of our community. 

Jack will be at Centre 81 in Clydebank  delivering a cooking workshop for eight lucky people from 9.30 – 10.30 am and will then be doing a talk Food Matters: a chat with Jack Monroe which will be about her life and campaigning.  The talk will also have a focus on her latest books Tin Can Cook and Cooking on a Bootstrap.  Visitors to our Mobile Library at Centre 81 will have the opportunity to sample some food cooked from Jack’s recipes. 

Mobile Library

Faifley from 1.00 – 2.00
Lennox Dr, Clydebank. G81 5JY

The second part of the day will involve Jack accompanying our Mobile Library to Skypoint in Faifley from 1.00 – 2.00 pm which gives an opportunity for an informal chat with Jack. There will also be another opportunity to sample some food cooked from Jack’s recipes.  We will then follow the Mobile route through Old Kilpatrick where you can meet Jack at each stop. 

The times for this are:   

No 94 Thistleneuk  2.30-2.45pm 
Dumbarton Road/Gavinburn Place  3.00-3.20pm
Roman Crescent (at the Oval)     3.20-3.40pm
Roman Crescent (at the Lock ups) 3.40-4.00pm 


To participate in the prize draw for the workshop please submit your name at West Dunbartonshire Libraries’ Book Week Scotland page on Eventbrite . Tickets for Jack’s talk at Centre 81 and event at Skypoint  are also available from the same site. 

Malachy Tallak presents
"The Valley at the Centre of the World "

Balloch Library
Thursday 21st November at 7.00pm

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On Thursday evening we have Malachy Tallak in Balloch Library.  Malachy  writes fiction and non-fiction, sometimes songs and occasionally poems. He is especially drawn to questions about place, community, identity and loss. He is from Shetland and he will be talking about his book The Valley at the Centre of the World which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and has been shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.  The Valley at the Centre of the World is a story about community and isolation, about what is passed down from generation to generation, and what is lost through time.​ As Jennifer Haigh says, "The Valley at the Centre of the World is a remarkable first novel - an intimate, profoundly human look at the inner workings of a community, a meditation on freedom and belonging and the powerful magnetism of home."  

Kerry Hudson presents
"Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns"

Dumbarton Library
Friday 22nd November at 7.00pm

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On Friday evening we have the fantastic author Kerry Hudson. Kerry is deeply proud of being working class but she doesn't have any nostalgia for the terrible reality of being poor. Poverty dominated her childhood – often in a profoundly dehumanising way. Her childhood was far from settled and she spent much of it on the move with her single mother, attending nine primary schools and five secondary schools. Using the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma she scored eight out of ten. Although Kerry’s life now bears little resemblance to that of her childhood, those early experiences have left a scar that has never fully healed. Her book Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns explores those formative experiences of poverty as Kerry revisits the towns where she grew up and endeavours to find out what contemporary poverty is like and whether there has been any real change. Kerry has written two critically celebrated novels, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and most recently, Thirst. ​

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