Cumbernauld: Meet Ishbel McFarlane

9th February 2017

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the quest...

Cumbernauld: Meet Daniel Gray

2nd February 2017

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the quest...

Cumbernauld: Meet Mike Nicholson

24th January 2017

I’m Mike Nicholson, an Edinburgh-based children’s author who enjoys writing for others to read, as well as working with others to create their own stories. It took me a while to get into writin...

From New Town to New Towns

13th January 2017

Across 2017 and 2018 Booked! is going on a tour of Scotland’s New Towns – Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Irvine, Glenrothes and Livingston. We’ll work with local people and organisations in each are...

What’s it called?

15th December 2016

The New Town of Cumbernauld began coming to life 60 years ago next year. Located on the north eastern outskirts of a then overcrowded post-war Glasgow, the developers brought ideas of modernity to ...

A year in Booked!

24th November 2016

Booked! has been bigger and better than ever this year. We’ve travelled far and wide, engaged thousands of people and worked with hundreds of partners, authors, artists and more. We want to give yo...

Jeffrey Archer

10th November 2016

At the core of Booked! is a desire to expand engagement with literature and book events in communities across the country. Readers come in all flavours and we passionately believe in providing some...

HMP Edinburgh and Greenock

1st October 2016

Booked! and the Book Festival have a longstanding commitment to engaging prison inmates in literary and cultural activities. Building on the success of an event with musician Edwyn Collins last yea...

From Lahore to Lewis and Harris

2nd September 2016

One of our most exciting Booked! activities of the year took us from Edinburgh to the Hebrides, via Pakistan. Originally organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together ...

LandWords

31st May 2016

How do we connect to Scotland’s stories, old and new, in our post-industrial, post-referendum, postmodern age? Are we telling our own tales of the places we love? LandWords was a special collabor...

Irvine Welsh & Robert Carlyle

11th April 2016

In celebration of the launch of his latest novel The Blade Artist, we welcomed Leith’s own literary superstar Irvine Welsh to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh – and he didn’t come alone! As filming gets...

The Biggest Book Show On Earth 2016

4th March 2016

To celebrate this year’s World Book Day, we hosted as many as 2000 Edinburgh school pupils at The Usher Hall for a day with great authors, illustrators and story tellers. We caught up with some o...

The Crocodiamond

20th February 2016

The Crocodiamond brought together pupils at Sandaig Primary School in Glasgow with author and illustrator Debi Gliori, a storyteller and four musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The chil...

Graphic Lyrics

1st February 2016

Beginning last August with a visit to the Book Festival for a Stanley Odd performance, S4 pupils from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow joined us for Graphic Lyrics, a multicultural and cross-disciplina...

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