Open Book runs three weekly drop-in sessions in Edinburgh, which are open to everyone:
Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am in the cafe of the National Library Scotland
Wednesdays 1-2pm in ‘The Space’ at the Scottish Poetry Library
Thursdays 10:30-11:30 at the Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens
Feel free to join us!
Open Book also regularly runs creative writing workshops with our public/drop in groups and other weekly groups. Check our Events page for details.
Open Book is preparing for our annual creative writing and reading sessions for Book Week Scotland, supported by Scottish Book Trust and the City of Literature, Edinburgh. This year’s sessions will explore the theme of ‘secrets and confessions’, responding to the Book Week Scotland book on the subject.
Open Book will be running these supported workshops in the following of our regular groups:
Monday 21st November, Grassmarket Community Project, 11-1pm
Monday 21st November, St Joseph’s House, Little Sisters of the Poor, 2-4pm (NOT open to the public)
Tuesday 22nd November, National Library of Scotland, 10-12pm
Wednesday 23rd November, HMP Low Moss
Thursday 24th November, Botanic Cottage, 10:30-12:30
Friday 25th November, St Andrew’s Hospice (Airdrie), 11-12pm (NOT open to the public)
Scottish Book Trust is supporting a hundreds of events for Book Week Scotland – find out more here: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/events
We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme.
In addition to the weekly groups and the annual visit to EIBF, Open Book offers other regular opportunities to our readers. In 2016, Open Book group members attended additional author visits, plays at the Lyceum Theatre, creative writing workshops during Book Week Scotland and hosted a World Book Night event (organised and executed entirely by the members of one of our community groups). As Open Book grows, these additional opportunities form an increasing part of our annual programme.
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Marjorie was born in New Orleans, spent her childhood in Tehran, and lived in San Diego, Washington DC and New York before moving to the UK in 1999. She holds a BA in English Literature, a JD in law, and in 2015 received an MSc in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Edinburgh. Marjorie’s poems have won prizes, been widely published in journals and anthologies in the UK and USA, appeared in The Scotsman, and been performed on BBC Radio 4. She is the founder of The Belonging Project, a series of workshops and readings asking participants to consider the ﬂight, journey and assimilation of refugees. Marjorie currently works as Engagement Development Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library. Marjorie also regularly performs her work, most recently at the St Magnus Festival, the Scottish Parliament, StAnza, the Rosslyn Chapel, the Dundee Literary Festival, the Wigtown Book Festival and Jupiter Artland, where she was Poet in Residence from 2014- 2016. Currently on her bedside table are Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 and Claire Askew’s This Changes Things.
Claire moved from Carnoustie where she grew up to Edinburgh to study law. After a brief spell working in London she settled back in Edinburgh where she lives with her husband, three kids and resolutely no pets. Trying to dispel the theory that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, Claire is attempting to learn the flute and enjoys (occasionally) dusting off her hockey stick for a game. She is particularly interested in how the enjoyment and benefits of shared reading are increased by engaging the readers in creative writing (a theory advocated by Marjorie for years!) Currently on her beside table are a prized second-hand copy of Tim Seibles poetry collection Fast Animal, Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See and a brilliant book light that she was given for Christmas and which means she can stay up reading far later than she ought to without disturbing her long suffering husband.