A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland


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A searchable list of Scotland’s 50+ book and literary festivals taking place across our reading nation.

Literary Days and Celebrations

A list of Scotland’s big literary and book-related days plus anniversaries of our nation’s writers and their works.

Previous events
This Is It! 23 November 2017, 7-8.30pm

A literary cabaret of 2017 featuring some of Scotland’s top writing talent. A 90-minute sprint through the highlights of 2017’s literary happenings with: Canongate Books’ Francis Bickmore; Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director of Wigtown Book Festival; Pamela Tulloch, CEO of Scottish Library and Information Council; award-winning poet William Letford and best-selling author Louise Welsh. Hosted by Siân Bevan and officially opened by Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fional Hyslop MSP.

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Development meeting for the International Promotion of Literature & Books – January 2017

Following consensus at the International Literature Summit in November 2016 for a joint service between organisations for overseas promotion (see below), the meeting aimed to work out the detail with a practical, pragmatic and focused universal approach. Click on the heading for more information.


LAS Summit on the International Promotion of Literature & Books – November 2016

LAS hosted a Summit to bring together – for the first time – all those agencies which, in various ways, help to promote the literature and languages of Scotland overseas, with a view to developing a cohesive approach.

It was designed as a first step, to gauge the level of support for an increased presence for literature on the international stage and assessed likely partnerships and a shared sense of responsibility for taking this issue forward in a practical manner.

The event responded directly to Recommendation 31 of Creative Scotland’s Literature and Publishing Sector Review (2015). Click the heading for more information.