Aberdeen City Libraries are next week (November 16-22) celebrating Book Week Scotland, the annual celebration of books and reading.

This year, because of the ongoing challenges of CV19, events cannot be hosted in libraries, but a line-up of fantastic, pre-recorded events will be available for online viewing.

All the events will be available to watch for free on Aberdeen City Libraries’ website Facebook page and YouTube channel from the day of release and on demand for a limited period afterwards.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we are able to announce such a fantastic line-up and, once again, our Libraries team have pulled out all the stops, not only in attracting such great writers but also in overcoming the challenges set by the CV19 pandemic.

“There really is something for everyone here and the great news is that the events are recorded so the city’s book lovers can watch their favourites at their leisure.” ,

This year the author events include:

Making Comics with Metaphrog

Join award-winning graphic novel duo Metaphrog, aka Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, in a video workshop where they will reveal some of the secrets of making comics and give drawing demonstrations. Learn how to create strong characters and exciting stories and settings for your own comics.

This special pre-recorded session will be available to watch for free on our Facebook page, website and YouTube channel from Monday 16 November

Ask Ambrose Parry

Calling all crime fans! The authors of Aberdeen’s most downloaded eBook, crime thriller, The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman will be helping celebrate Book Week Scotland with a special pre-recorded ‘Ask Ambrose Parry’ event.

Answering questions from the city’s readers, Chris and Marisa will be discussing all about their Ambrose Parry novels, what inspired them and how they survived lockdown!

This special pre-recorded session will be available from Tues 17 November.

Tatterhood- Inspiring stories for young readers

As the days grow short and the nights draw in, join local storyteller Pauline Cordiner for a special retelling of Norwegian folk tale Tatterhood.

There’s kings and queens, princes and princesses, trolls, some mischief from the fairy folk and our hero Tatterhood. She doesn't care how she looks or acts and somehow saves the day with only her courage, her goat and her wooden spoon!!  

This event is perfect for young readers aged 7 to 11 (and anyone else wanting a much-needed dose of happily ever after).

This special pre-recorded session will be available from Wednesday 18 November

Life Story Workshop with Merryn Glover

Always wanted to write your story but never sure where to start? Dive into this fun, accessible workshop with Merryn Glover that gives you some tools and starting points to get going. Do it at your own pace and discover the joy of fresh, exciting writing that will inspire you to do more.

Merryn is a prize-winning author of fiction, plays, poetry and non-fiction with work published widely and broadcast on BBC radio.

This special pre-recorded session will be available from Thursday 19 November

For full details of the events, visit https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/book-week-scotland

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