Sturgeon shares the book love in Book Week Scotland’s first virtual festival

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Nicola Sturgeon joined in with Book Week Scotland celebrations last night with a live Q&A on Twitter.

Users submitted their book-related questions to the First Minister using the hashtag #FMBookChat, who then spent an hour tweeting about her favourite books.

Some highlights included her naming Scotland Makar Jackie Kay’s novel Trumpet an essential read for everyone in the world and describing Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song as the book that has had the greatest impact on her life.

The live Twitter session was part of Book Week Scotland’s Virtual Festival programme, which the Scottish Book Trust launched for the first time this year.

Alan Bett, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Digital channels, from streaming to social media, are opening up access to literature for an ever-expanding audience. The range of events on offer – from bestselling authors to vloggers and streamed poetry slams – is enabling audiences from across Scotland and beyond to not only experience and enjoy live literature, but to actively participate.

Scottish Book Trust aims to change lives through reading and writing, and this welcome digital addition to their highly successful Book Week Scotland programme allows the magic of books to enter into a broader spectrum of Scottish lives.”

The online programme comprises a week of literary activities using web downloads, pre-recorded video, Facebook Live, and Twitter.

Other events in this week’s digital lineup included a recorded game of Cluedo between Scottish crime writers Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, and Doug Johnstone and a poetry slam broadcast using Facebook Live to fellow UNESCO City of Literature cities around the world.

Book Week Scotland takes place for the sixth time this year between Monday 27 November and Sunday 3 December.

Writers, libraries, and schools are hosting hundreds of book-related events across Scotland to celebrate a strong literary sector and encourage more people to read.