Book Week at the Baths – listen again!

December 28th 2017

Swimming suffragettes, supernatural sleuths and end of the world were just some of the talks on offer during Book Week Scotland 2017 at the Arlington Baths Club.

We were thrilled to welcome more than 150 visitors during the week, the first time that we had taken part in Book Week Scotland.

Book Week at the Baths featured five author events, a creative writing class and a book fair with the independent publishers, Ringwood Publishing and Mascot Media.

We had lovely feedback from all the events. Here's what one person said: "Very interesting topic. Great, novel venue. Entertaining author. Enjoyed very much!"

Among the events we welcomed one of Scotland's best writers, Louise Welsh, to talk about community, survival and alternative futures for Scotland as imagined in her bestselling Plague Times trilogy. And popular novelist Fiona Gibson, author of The Woman Who… series, ran a practical creative writing workshop.

We've recorded some of the talks so they're available to anyone who missed them or for people anyone who wants to listen again.

We started the week with Charles E McGarry, author of The Ghost of Helen Addison, talking about Scottish Gothic with Martin Greig of Backpage Press.


Jenny Landreth, author of Swell. A Waterbiography - winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book of the year 2017 - talked about the pioneers of women’s swimming with Karen Mailly-Watt and Rachael Purse, The History Girls ScotlandKrysztina Lackoi from Glasgow Women’s Library showcased some of the amazing objects from the Library’s unique collection.


Author Jackie Copleton talked about her journey from teaching in Japan to writing her novel - A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding - selected for the Radio 2 Book Club  and the Richard and Judy Book Club.


In our last author event, former postman Charlie Campbell, author of Millennial Munros, talked about his successful attempt to climb all the Munros, getting to each one only by walking, running, cycling or swimming.

Audience and speakers at Women, Water and Wheels Book Week 2017 event

Comments from some of the people who attended events were:

"Very informative talk in a perfect setting. My first book event so I didn’t know what to expect - I’ll be attending more."

"Excellent! Very well organised and extremely interesting."

"Very good! Enjoyed the tour and the book reading."


Book Week Scotland ran from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December 2017. 

See the full details of Book Week at the Baths programme.

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