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Inshes Library Welcomes Renowned Authors in Celebration of Upcoming Book Week Scotland

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Inshes Library has announced the line up for its first Mini Book Festival taking place this November as part of celebrations for Book Week Scotland hosted by The Scottish Book Trust.

A week-long programme of events will be taking place from Monday 13th November to Sunday 19th November inclusive, culminating in two author events at the end of the week.

Meg Davidson, High Life Highland’s Network Librarian, said:

“On Thursday 16th November, local writer Shona MacLean will be talking about her popular historical crime novel ‘The Bookseller of Inverness’.

“Without a doubt, ‘The Bookseller of Inverness’ has been one of the most frequently requested books in the Library this year!

“It is a fascinating read about familiar places in a different time, and of course it has a thrilling plot – so it will be interesting to hear Shona’s story directly from the source.”

“Catering more towards young families, Ayrshire-based writer Alan Dapré will lead a storytelling session about his latest picture book ‘Grizzly Ben’ illustrated by Alex Ayliffe, on Saturday 18th November.

“Alan has written for TV and radio, as well as publishing many children’s books.

“His work includes writing for the much-loved TV series ‘Brum’ and the hilarious ‘Porridge the Tartan Cat’ book series.

“During Alan’s storytelling session, you can expect there to be: fun facts, props, a furry coat – and maybe some roaring and drawing!”

The author visits have been made possible through funding from the Highland Council Ward Discretionary fund, which has also enabled Inshes Library to purchase copies of the authors’ books so that Library users can get their hands on a copy prior to the event.

Meg continued:

“High Life Highland is incredibly grateful for the funding which has allowed these wonderful sessions to take place.

“Bringing local communities together in Libraries for free events, such as these renowned author visits, plays a vital part in encouraging a love of learning and reading in children.”

Steve Walsh, High Life Highland Chief Executive, concluded:

“High Life Highland staff have put a tremendous amount of work into ensuring the Book Week Scotland programme of events at Inshes Library this year caters to a number of audiences and interests.

“Fundamentally, High Life Highland’s network of Highland-wide Libraries aim to create spaces and host events which raise attainment, equality, and promote greater social inclusion across all ages.”

Entry to all events at Inshes Library throughout Book Week Scotland are free-of-charge, but tickets should be booked in advance by contacting Inshes Library directly either in person, or by calling 01463 725928, or via email inshes.library@highlifehighland.com

Details of further activities for the week will be listed on the Inshes Library Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InshesLibrary/

More information about the Library, including contact information and regular events taking place outside of Book Week Scotland, can be found on High Life Highland’s dedicated page: https://www.highlifehighland.com/libraries/inshes-library/ Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country.

Book Week Scotland 2023 will take place from 13-19th November, and is supported by Creative Scotland and SLIC: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

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