The Scottish Book Trust

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The Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust is based at Sandeman House, in the heart of Edinburgh's old town, and is Scotland's national charity for literature development.
Darren Shan; Courtesy: Scottish Book TrustFunded by the Scottish Arts Council, the Scottish Book Trust exists to promote the enjoyment of literature in all its forms, reaching out to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The organisation provides key services to readers, writers and the educational sector, bringing books and people together to create a confident, cultured and articulate nation of readers.
The Scottish Book Trust also organises many literary events for people of all ages, for example the recent Darren Shan event and children's author Eoin Colfer's forthcoming tour, which is taking place in February 2005.
The Scottish Book Trust promotes reading and literature in many different ways. Their mission is:
  • To provide free, independent quality advice and information for readers and writers
  • To support literacy and provide access to book related opportunities for all
  • To support writers and the development of writing in Scotland
  • To provide quality resources to the educational and libraries sector
  • To run national programmes such as Live Literature Scotland, author tours and events, and readership development promotions
  • To campaign for increased access for all to literature and its benefits in Scotland
  • To support other literature based initiatives, festivals and projects nationwide
The Scottish Book Trust has many exciting ventures happening at present, including the relaunch of their website, and James Robertson's recent residency at the Scottish Parliament.Jeanette Harris, Scottish Book Trust (right); Courtsey: SBT

Live Literature Scotland

This scheme was established in 1972 by the Scottish Arts Council as a means of supporting and promoting writers living and working in Scotland. The scheme subsidises writers' events throughout Scotland and through this encourages all kinds of organisations to include writers in their programmes. Most organisations are eligible as long as they are non-commercial, have literary, artistic or educational aims and are able to pay half of the writer's fee.
Examples of such organisations are libraries, schools, colleges, writers' groups and festivals. Live Literature Scotland enables 1,400 author visits and residencies every year to schools, libraries and communities. Other previously supported events include poetry readings on trains and children's events. For full details on all aspects of this scheme please visit the Scottish Book Trust website.

James Robertson's Residency at the Scottish Parliament

James Robertson; Courtesy: Scottish Book TrustJames Robertson is the Scottish Parliament's first Writer in Residence, and the Scottish Book Trust is responsible for this residency initiative.

James spent three days in the parliament delivering master-classes, launching his residency with a reception during which he addressed MSP's and and key arts and literary figures, and talked about his book Joseph Knight. James has also been commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust to write a piece based on his experiences during his time in the Parliament.

MSPs poll for their favourite Scottish book

Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon's study of rural life in early 20th Century Scotland, has emerged as the clear winner in a Scottish Book Trust poll of parliamentarians' favourite Scottish books.
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg was runner-up in the week-long poll, which invited contributions from MSP's, researchers and other staff of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Five titles were tied in third place: Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Return of John McNab by Andrew Greig, John Buchan's Greenmantle, and Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novels, Kidnapped and Treasure Island.
The poll was carried out as part of James Robertson's residency. Marc Lambert, chief executive of the Scottish Book Trust, said: 'Sunset Song is not a surprise winner given that it is, perhaps, the pre-eminent modern classic of Scottish literature. James Hogg's novel, in second place, is increasingly recognised as one of the great novels of its time, and the precursor to much European writing which examines split identity and notions of the double.
'The appearance of Robert Louis Stevenson's books is to be expected as he is widely regarded as one of our best loved writers. John Buchan is well represented with Greenmantle and - by proxy, since he wrote John McNab - in the choice of The Return of John McNab by Greig. You could say this suggests a love of adventure at the heart of Holyrood.'
The spread of voting was wide, with a mix of classics and more contemporary fiction being chosen.

Scottish Book Trust wins EDF A&B National Award

The Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Friendly picked up the EDF Energy Arts & Kids award at the 27th Arts & Business awards in London on 1 March.
The arts and kids award is presented annually to a partnership or project which best demonstrates the positive power of the arts in working with children and young people.
Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Friendly brought literary magic to children throughout Scotland last year when they joined forces to organise a tour by Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Morpurgo visited more than 4000 children, encouraging the enjoyment of reading and writing as he went.
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