Book Week Scotland 2020

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading across the nation. This year, Book Week Scotland takes place the 16th to the 22nd of November, and we have lots of competitions and online events happening so that you can get involved. 

50 Word Story Competition

To celebrate Book Week Scotland 2020, we are holding a special 50 word fiction story competition on the theme "what makes me happy".

The competition is open for all ages and entries in Gaelic and English are welcomed.  Six winners will be selected at random to receive a £10 book token and a selection of the best stories will be shared on social media.

Entries can be emailed to us at or submitted online using the 50 Word Story Competition Form. The closing date is 10 December 2020.

Mobile Libraries Day – 18 November 2020

On the 18th November, we celebrate Mobile Libraries Day with the inauguration of our TWO BRAND NEW MOBILE LIBRARY VANS! We are so pleased to restart the service, and make it even better with our two new vans. No more yellow bumble bees on the road, we’ve gone white and sleek. Give us a cheery wave when you see us going past!

Name The Mobile Library Competition

The two vans are so new, they don’t even have names yet…

That’s why we are launching a Name the Mobile Library Competition (611.4kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file), inviting all Western Isles children through P1 to P7 to draw the van and give it a name. What should they be called? Hmmm...

Online Events

This year Book Week Scotland events have moved online and that means that you can all take part and enjoy talks, films, storytelling, workshops, a quiz and much more!

To whet your appetite, we’ve made a list of our fav events - one for each day that week - that we’re promoting on social media. You can of course choose your own events.  To browse the list of events, go to the Scottish Book Trust’s webpage Book Week Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

You can also join the nation in casting your vote for the book best representing 2020… 2020 as A Book (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

If you’re into murder mysteries, why not try Future Tense: A Murder Mystery Party for Book Week Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).

We’ll also be distributing Future, this year’s collection of short stories, in every bag of books we prepare.  People have been asked to share what the future means to them, with an exclusive new piece by Val McDermid.