A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Literature Talks

In our two-year programme of work, Turning the Next Page: future-proofing the sector to 2020 and beyond, we aim to raise the volume of the sector louder than ever before.

Our Literature Talks series forms an important part of this. We’ll commission six pieces across two years from leading writers and literature producers in Scotland, reflecting on the literary landscape in Scotland today.

Each piece will form the focus and provocation for an advocacy campaign to start a conversation with the wider literary community online, driven by our Twitter channel and using the hashtag #LiteratureTalks.

Read our sixth and latest commission on the use of dialect in literary fiction in Scotland by bestselling author of The Young Team, Graeme Armstrong – Standard English is oor Second Language

Our fifth commission, launched on 2 December 2020, is a timely reminder of the power of books and imagination by writer and doctor Gavin Francis – The Armchair Island Traveller

Our fourth commission, launched on 2 November 2020, is an intense and thought-provoking reflection on wellbeing in these challenging times by award-winning poet, playwright and performer Hannah Lavery – How Are You Sleeping?

Our third commission, launched on 3 March 2020, is a philosophical piece on the climate emergency by award-winning Scottish poet and critically acclaimed novelist Jenni Fagan – There are Three Suns in the Sky.

Our second commission was launched at our Sector Away Day – Turning the Next Page: Future-Proofing Our Sector on Tuesday 1 October in Dundee. We’re delighted to present this powerful, personal piece on diversity in literature and publishing by award-winning journalist and author Chitra Ramaswamy – On A Lifetime of Ticking Boxes. 

Our first commission was launched in May 2019 by Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin on Libraries – The Magic Portal. It featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott on Thursday 9 May with Theresa talking about her piece and the importance of libraries with LAS Chair Peggy Hughes.

In 2019, the Literature Talks series was linked to a Year of Conversation 2019, a collaborative project designed to celebrate, initiate and explore conversation in all our lives.