MSP wants folk to nominate book lovers

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ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey is encouraging constituents to nominate local readers and book-lovers to be part of The League of Extraordinary Booklovers.

The cut-off date for nominations is Friday, September 14, so that they can take part in the first Book Week Scotland, which takes place from November 26 to December 2.

The Scottish Book Trust is looking for people of all ages and occupations who can share their passion and love of books during Book Week Scotland, via email or twitter, with the nation.

Mr Dey commented: “The first Book Week Scotland is an exciting opportunity for readers of all ages to find out about books they haven’t read, and hear from book-lovers from across the country on what might be a fantastic recommendation.

“For those of us who don’t get enough time to read as much as we would like, Book Week provides us with the ideal opportunity to rekindle an interest in such a valuable and enjoyable habit.

“The Scottish Book Trust want ordinary Scots to take a lead role in Book Week, so are looking for people to join The League of Extraordinary Booklovers, an exciting chance to tell the nation what you are reading and get them involved.”

He continued: “You can nominate yourself or someone you know, if you think they have what it takes to recommend some great reads.

“In Scotland we have no shortage of literary talent, and have a very high reputation for producing some of the finest authors right through the ages. In Angus we have J.M. Barrie and Hugh MacDiarmid, to name but two huge figures influenced by their time in the county.

“It would be great if we could see Angus folk provide the imaginative and creative spark to readers the length and breadth of the county during the first ever Book Week.”

Nominations are open to booklovers of all ages and occupations. To nominate yourself or someone you think would be a great candidate you can e-mail - explaining in 300 words or less why they should be chosen to join The League.

During Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust will be working with a wide range of partner organisations, including libraries, schools, museums and workplaces, to deliver a packed programme of free projects and events, bringing Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate the pleasures of books and reading.