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Review: Book Week Scotland 2017 - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Review: Book Week Scotland 2017

East Renfrewshire libraries dished up a mighty feast of wonderful events all week-long as part of Book Week Scotland 2017 celebrations.

Mark Beaumont Monday 27th November saw the launch event with World class athlete Mark Beaumont stirring up inspiration as he delighted a 200-strong audience at Clarkston Halls with tales from his recent 'Around the World in 80 Days' adventure.

A mind-blowing trip that he achieved in a record breaking 79 days and all with a fractured elbow! Listening to the sheer grit needed to accomplish what Mark did, he left 200 people in absolute jaw-dropping awe that evening. Spin class anyone?

Book Giving Things got tastier as the week went on, with award winning children's authors Ross MacKenzie and Debi Gliori serving up adventure stories by the plateful to hundreds of excited school children at Giffnock, Busby, Barrhead and Neilston libraries. 

Primary 1 children from across East Renfrewshire visited libraries to receive their special Bookbug Primary 1 family bag full of goodies and 3 brilliant books, all shortlisted for the 'Bookbug Picture Book Prize'. Don't forget to vote for your favourite!

His & Hers Bloody Project Mid-week was all about murders as 'His and Hers Bloody Projects' took place at Giffnock library. Man Booker shortlisted author, Graeme MacRae Burnet partnered up with author and book critic Lesley McDowell to whisk us all back in time for some real life murder mysteries and a forensic look at one of the best books published in the last few years, 'His Bloody Project'.

Staff got involved at St.John's to create a wall of wellbeing, a visual treat of all the things that nourish us before hosting a 'Reading Hour 'lunch on St. Andrew's Day to share the best books with each other that have left a mark over the years.

Over the course of the week, East Renfrewshire libraries welcomed over  1000 children and over 400 adults to events, all with one thing in mind- to showcase just how powerfully inspiring books and reading can be to all ages.

Right- we don't know about you, but we are all stuffed to the brim- Gaviscon anyone?!

We asked Mark Beaumont, Graeme MacRae Burnet and Lesley McDowell about their favourite books, their literary inspiration and what nourishes them. Take a look at their answers...

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