Once Upon a Time…

Data Thistle
4 min readNov 16, 2022

…there was a company called Data Thistle.

They had listings for hundreds and hundreds of live events all around the UK, spanning multiple genres like theatre, comedy, sports, music, kids — and many more! Some of the listings they had were for book events, and if you go to datathistle.com today, you can find a range of events celebrating Book Week Scotland!

Yes, Book Week is here again! For kids and big kids alike, there are readings from authors, workshops, and all kinds of bookish activities planned for this year’s celebrations. The events planned are all to celebrate Scotland’s Stories and build awareness for how important books and reading are for us all — think where we would be if it weren’t for stories!

Though the celebrations are contained in Scotland this time around, there are always plenty of ways to champion books and reading happening all around the UK. Turn the page to see what you can get stuck into — happy reading!

Playwriting in Libraries Workshop with Uma Nada-Rajah

Learn how to write plays with a renowned playwright at this inspiring workshop from the author of Toy Plastic Chicken.

Book Week Scotland: Children’s Author Emily MacKenzie

Bring along the little ones and get stuck in with a morning of reading and craft from a Bookbug Picture Book Prize shortlisted author.

Vikings with a Difference! — Book Week Scotland

A free interactive session with author David McPhail where kids can get stuck into a bit of Viking history, humour, and fun!

Lisa Ballantyne ‘The Innocent One’

Join in on the conversation with an internationally bestselling Scottish author as she discussed her brand new thriller.

Peter Mortimer Journeys at Dennistoun Library

Learn more about the history of the city from a Glaswegian historian and author, beguiling audiences with tales of industry, transport, and the people that make Glasgow.

Not going to be in Scotland this week? Take a look at these other book-ish events!

Meet Cressida Cowell!

Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train your Dragon, is at Village Books in Dulwich to talk about her brand new book.

The Book Market

Stroll through the market of 10 independent bookshops from around Devon, with plenty of bookish activities and local food and drink.

Author Robin Ince talking about Bibliomaniac

Red Lion Books in Colchester is to play host to author Robin Ince as he takes his audience on a journey through the bookshops of Britain — and your ticket includes a signed hardback!

Meet Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Renowned children’s authors Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks will be at Village Books in Dulwich with the next instalment of their What the Ladybird Heard series.

Maggie O’Farrell

Locals in Northumberland (and anywhere — this event will be live streamed!) have the opportunity to see bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell talk about the inspiration behind her new novel The Marriage Portrait.

Find more book events here!


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