Our Groups

Open Book’s current groups across Scotland:

Public Groups

Greenbank Community Centre, Polmont

Images & Words (online)
Off the Beaten Track (online)
Open Groups (online)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
Millennium Centre, Stranraer
Open Door Café, Edinburgh

Speculative Fiction, Argonaut Books, Leith
Well Versed (online)

Multicultural Groups

Aberdeen ESOL
POC (People of Colour) (online)
Maryhill Integration Network, Glasgow
International Women’s Group, Edinburgh
Shakti Women’s Aid, Edinburgh


HMP Barlinnie
HMP Dumfries
HMP Glenochil
HMP Greenock
HMP Low Moss
HMP & YOI Polmont


A K Bell Library, Perth
Arbroath Library
Blackness Library, Dundee

Corstorphine Library, Edinburgh

Cupar Library
Dunbar Library
Eyemouth Library
Glasgow Women’s Library

Greenock Library

Inverness Library

Inverurie Library

Largs Library
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Troon Library
Greenock Library

Islands and Villages Groups

Brora Learning Zone
Millport, Cumbrae
Kirkwall, Orkney
Portree, Isle of Skye
Shetland (online)

Community Groups

Bethany Christian Trust, Edinburgh

Category Is…Queer Writing, Glasgow

Chronic Illness (online)
Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh
Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh
LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Leith
Next Chapters, Dumfries & Galloway

Neurodivergent (online)
Letham Community, Perth

Social Bite, Glasgow

Spinal Injuries (online)
Writing Sense (online)

Other Languages

Scots (online)
Gaelic (online)
Arabic (online & in-person)

Literary Events

Granite Noir (February)

Granite Noir is an Aberdeen-based festival inspired by the incredible popularity of crime fiction in all its forms, by the fantastic contribution that Scottish writers make and by our love affair with Nordic Noir. In 2020, our Aberdeen group is off to enjoy An Evening with Sara Paretsky. 


Paisley Book Festival (February)

A relative newcomer to the Scottish book festival scene, Paisley Book Festival began in 2020 and has fast gained a reputation for engaging with radical ideas and inspiring creativity, featuring some of Scotland’s top writing talent. Our Paisley shared reading and creative writing groups are involved in the festival annually, and have even run their own Open Mic night.


StAnza International Poetry Festival (March)

StAnza is a haven for poetry lovers everywhere, brimming with readings, exhibitions and installations from some of the most exciting poets writing today. Set in the stunning coastal Fife town of St Andrews, our Dundee groups are looking forward to a day trip full of inspirational verses.  


Ullapool Book Festival (May)

Ullapool Book Festival has been going since May 2005, founded by a group of literary enthusiasts and including work written in Gaelic and Scots. Taking place over a weekend, this festival showcases the importance of literature in Highland culture and life, and this year will host a visit from our Ullapool group. 


St Magnus International Festival (June)
St Magnus International Festival is Orkney’s annual celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain’s most highly regarded and adventurous arts events. Though musical events are at the heart of the artistic programme, the Festival also encompasses drama, dance, literature and the visual arts.


Edinburgh International Book Festival (August)

The largest of its kind, Edinburgh International Book Festival welcomes approximately 250,000 visitors every year during the August festival season to enjoy over 900 events with some of the best authors from across the globe. Many of our group members attend events at Edinburgh Book Festival (either in person or online) each year.


Wigtown Book Festival (September-October)

Words flourish in few places as they do in Scotland’s National Book Town. Wigtown is home to a community of booksellers and literary events, and their autumnal annual book festival is the culmination of that activity. 10 of our groups headed to Wigtown in 2019 and we’re hoping for even more in 2020.