Book your chance to meet well-known authors

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BOOK fans are getting the chance to meet two of Scotland’s best-known authors when they make a personal appearance in local libraries.

The free events - which are part of Book Week Scotland between November 23 and 29 - feature broadcaster and writer, Lesley Riddoch and award-winning author, poet and playwright, Alan Spence.

Organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, who now run arts and cultural services as well as sports and leisure centres locally, Alan Spence will discuss his writing and literary career in Johnstone Library, on Monday, 23 November at 7pm.

And Lesley Riddoch will be in Linwood Library at 7pm, on Wednesday, 25 November.

Alan Spence’s most recent books are the novel Night Boat, a poetry collection Morning Glory, and the play No Nothing.

This play, which has been performed in Glasgow and Aberdeen, imagines poet, Edwin Morgan and trade unionist Jimmy Reid meeting in the afterlife and discussing the meaning of life and post referendum Scotland. Alan will read and discuss extracts from the play and other new work.

Lesley Riddoch will talk about her writing, particularly her recent book, Blossom, which is an outspoken analysis of Scotland's problems and the country’s potential, Lesley will recount the views of ordinary Scots and draws on her own experience of life in Norway, Ireland, Iceland as well as Scotland.

Elaine Finlay, Renfrewshire Libraries Development Coordinator said: “Book Week Scotland is about encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy the pleasures of reading books.

“We want to encourage more people to read books and use the excellent services we have in the network of libraries in Renfrewshire.

“We’re bringing two big names of Scottish writing to our local libraries and I hope lots of people will take the chance to come along and meet these talented authors and ask the questions they always wanted to ask them.”

To book a place at these events, call Renfrewshire Libraries on 0300 300 1188. 

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