Creative Scotland Large Project Funding

We are delighted to announce that Creative Scotland has approved our Large Project Community Project funding.  This funding will allow us to work in ten different community groups (including Grassmarket Community Project, The Stove, WHALE Arts, Rowan Alba, The Welcoming, Maryhill Integration Network, Shakti Women’s Aid and others) across 12 months.  We’ll also be able …

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Open Book at Botanic Gardens!

At the end of a long and energetic day at the Book Festival, Open Book brought over 100 of our women and children readers from Maryhill Integration Network (Glasgow), The Welcoming (Edinburgh), and an Edinburgh-based group of Syrian Kurdish speakers to the Botanic Gardens to explore the gardens, blow off steam and meet the artist …

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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

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)

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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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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