Poetry in the News

Marjorie’s poem about Iran up at Rattle.com, one of our favourite journals! “The Wrong Person to Ask” by Marjorie Lotfi Gill

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Literature brought to life

Open Book Lead Reader Em Strang appears in the March edition of Dumfries and Galloway Life talking about her flourishing shared reading groups in our most westerly hub. Read the article here (opens in a new tab or window)

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Wigtown Book Festival 2017

In partnership with the Wigtown Book Festival, Open Book has started new groups in Dumfries and Galloway, at The Stove Dumfries and at the youth Kaos Café in Wigtown. On the first weekend of the 2017 Wigtown Book Festival, we took a group of teenagers to see Brian Conaghan read from his The Bombs That Brought Us

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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

BOOK FESTIVAL OUTINGS: In August, Open Book took over 140 of our readers to 18 events during the course of Edinburgh International Book Festival, using over 240 tickets! The First Minister popped in to see what we were up to, and said about Open Book’s work: “It’s well-known that reading is a favourite pastime of mine,

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Open Book announces Big Lottery funding to support book festival initiative

PRESS RELEASE: Edinburgh-based reading charity Open Book has announced it has been awarded a Big Lottery Awards for All grant of £8000 to help fund its costs in bringing community groups and the elderly to events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Founded in 2013, Open Book organises and runs year-round shared reading groups throughout

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Book Week Scotland Write-Up

Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing some of the work produced in our six Book Week Scotland Creative Writing and Reading workshops on ‘Secrets and Confessions’ – the Scottish Book Trust’s theme for 2016 Book Week Scotland. This first lot of work looked at Renita Boyle’s memoir piece on her local library when

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Open Book At Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

This year, Open Book readers used 130 tickets across 8 events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, including Alice Oswald,  Alexander McCall Smith, Jo Baker and Nina Stibbe. Our readers came from a number of different organisations, including Deaf Action, Glasgow Women’s Library, The Welcoming, St Joseph’s Care Home and the Grassmarket Community Project (as well as

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New Open Book group at Royal Botanic Gardens

Open Book are delighted to be launching a new shared reading group today. Taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, every Thursday morning between 10.30 -12 noon the group will run as a drop-in session with no need to book in advance. Long term our home with be Botanic Cottage, the newly-opened Education Centre,

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Journeys with Open Book for Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland (BWS) was a fun-filled and hectic time this year for Open Book as we ran shared reading and creative writing workshops with Venture Trust, Grassmarket Community Project, St Joseph’s Care Home and at the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of the programme of events. Looking at the theme of ‘Journeys” based on

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