A searchable list of Scotland’s 50+ book and literary festivals taking place across our reading nation.
A list of Scotland’s big literary and book-related days plus anniversaries of our nation’s writers and their works.
This Is It! 23 November 2017, 7-8.30pm
A fast-paced 90-minute sprint through the highlights of 2017’s literary happenings with well-known speakers on five key strands: Publishing – Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director of Canongate Books; Festivals – Adrian Turpin, Artistic Director of Wigtown Book Festival; Libraries – Pamela Tulloch, CEO of Scottish Library and Information Council; Writer Development – award-winning poet William Letford; and the International Perspective – best-selling author Louise Welsh.
Hosted by Siân Bevan and officially opened by Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP, this pilot literature showcase event aimed to champion the health of the literary nation – by celebrating its success – while inspiring support to address the challenges to key audiences including policymakers, the media and the public. It attracted 150 attendees including well known writers, members of the arts press and bloggers, SBT Young Programmers, volunteers from PublishED, members from agencies VisitScotland, EventScotland, Creative Scotland, LAS members and their special guests and more.
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.
It helped lead to the establishment in 2019 of Scottish Books International which works on behalf of the literature sector in Scotland and is dedicated to the international promotion of books, writers, festivals and organisations.
The Summit responded directly to Recommendation 31 of Creative Scotland’s Literature and Publishing Sector Review (2015).