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As one of Scotland's principal assets, literature is a key component in cultural life in Scotland. Many of our writers are known around the world and people throughout Scotland are exposed to literature every day.

Literature carries our different languages. It helps people develop literacy and articulacy skills and will help every Scot to live, work, reflect and communicate in the 21st century.

We fund a number of organisations and individuals who work to promote literature through exciting projects and real commitment.

Browse through these interesting profiles of literature organisations and stories to get a taste of the exciting work happening throughout Scotland.

To view current projects - go to our Projects section.

Storytelling; Photo: Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 07

Come and celebrate the ancient art of Storytelling

Pile of books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Wigtown Book Festival 2007

Celebrate the written word at Scotland's Booktown, 28 September - 7 October.

Kidnapped, Photo: Jim Aird

Old Town Festival

The Scottish Storytelling Centre's celebration of Edinburgh's historic Old Town.

Wigtown Booktown; Photo: Allan Devlin - South West Images Scotland

Wigtown Spring Festival

Escape to Scotland's National Book Town on 5 & 6 May 2007.

Reading a book; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Word 07

Aberdeen's annual festival, taking place from 11 - 13 May 2007

Harpist and fiddler; Photo: Graham Clark

Ceilidh Culture 2007

Edinburgh's annual showcase of traditional arts.

Film still; Photo: StAnza 2007

Stanza 2007

Scotland's poetry festival celebrates its tenth birthday. From 14 - 18 March 2007.

Bramble Bae with Margot; Photo: Glen Roberts

Aberdeen Storytelling and Theatre Festival 2007

The biggest festival of its kind in Scotland kicks off on 12 February until 28 March.

World Book Day Logo

World Book Day 2007

Celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1 March.

Amy Fleming; Photo: Jim Buchan, ERC

East Renfrewshire Storytelling Festival 2007

Taking place from 6 February to 4 March 2007.

Aye Write! mug; Photo: Glasgow Libraries, Glasgow City Council

Aye Write! 2007

Glasgow's annual book festival - taking place from 16 - 25 February.

Kathleen Jamie; Photo: Alan Young

Winter Words Festival 2007

At Pitlochry Festival Theatre from 25 - 28 January 2007

Ian Rankin; Photo: Gavin Wallace

Muriel Spark International Fellowship

Margaret Atwood's month-long visit to Scotland as the first Muriel Spark Fellow

Books in bag; photo: Rebecca Moyce

The Saltire Society Book of the Year Awards

A celebration of twenty five years of literature

Books on shelf; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

National Poetry Day 2006

Annual celebration which took place on Thursday 5 October

Storyteller Senga Munro entertains primary school pupils; Photo: Bernadette MacPherson

17th International Scottish International Storytelling Festival

25 October - 5 November 2007, including National Tell a Story Day 

Scots Language Centre logo

Re-launch of the Scots Language Centre

The Scots Language Resource Centre relaunched as the Scots Language Centre on 1 October

Richard Holloway; Photo: Courtesy of Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown Book Festival 2006

Wigtown's annual book festival, which took place this year from 22 September until 1 October

Pile of books

Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Awards

Annual award, presented this year at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Girl reading; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Edinburgh International Book Festival opening weekend

The world's biggest book festival opened its doors on Saturday 12 August

Open books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Playwrights' Studio Scotland

A national organisation which directly engages the public of Scotland with new playwriting

Books on shelf; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Quick Reads

A new initiative for reluctant or emergent adult readers

Scottish Storytelling Centre auditorium; Photo: Simon Jones

Scottish Storytelling Centre

The world's first purpose-built centre for storytelling

BRAW awards shortlist

The Royal Mail Book Awards

The announcement of the nine shortlisted titles for the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books

Open book; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Booked! - the West Dunbartonshire Literature Festival

Held in June 2006

James Naughtie; Photo: Penny Stratford

Borders Book Festival

The third Borders Book Festival, held in Melrose in June

Display of books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Word 06

Aberdeen's annual writers' festival

Open book; Photo: Rebecca Moyce BRAW - Books, Reading and Writing

Books in a bag; Photo: Rebecca Moyce


Scotland's only regular festival which is dedicated entirely to poetry.

David Campbell; Photo: Ian Mackenzie

Ceilidh Culture 2006

Edinburgh's annual showcase of traditional arts.

Plugged in; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

East Renfrewshire Storytelling Festival 2006

Celebrating the art of storytelling and the importance of oral communication.

world book day logo

World Book Day 2006

The UK and Ireland's biggest annual event celebrating books and reading.

Pile of books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Winter Words 2006

Visit the workshops and book fair and meet a host of literary stars.

Pile of Books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

 The Whitbread Awards 2006

Ali Smith wins the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.

Books on shelf; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Short stories and parliament

Anne Donovan's new short story, 'But'.

Books on table; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

Literature in Learning

Exploring the creative use of language in the classroom.

A canopy of trees; Photo: Sue Carter

 Dumfries and Galloway Virtual Writer in Residence

Innovative computer based project.

Display of books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

 Scottish Language Dictionaries

Profile of SLD's work on the Scot's language.

Children's Poetry Flags

National Poetry Day 2005

Read about the twelfth National Poetry Day and the events taking place around the country

Storyteller Senga Munro entertains primary school pupils; Photo: Bernadette MacPherson

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Read about this year's Storytelling Festival and National Tell a Story Day.

Fed Ted logo

National Share a Story Month 2005

This year's theme is 'Windows on the World'.

Wigtown Booktown; Photo: Allan Devlin - South West Images Scotland

Wigtown Book Festival 2005

Read about Wigtown's annual book festival which takes place this month. 

People at Edinburgh Book Festival; Photo: Pascal Saez

Best Scottish Book

The announcement of the Best Scottish Book of All Time to be made on 27 August at the 2005 Book Festival.

Books in Fruitmarket Gallery; Photo: Michael Wolchover

Man Booker International Prize 2005

Read about the inaugural Man Booker International Prize

Nicola Morgan, Patricia Ferguson and Kathleen Jamie

Scottish Arts Council Book Awards 2005

Read about the shortlist, ceremonies and winners.

Reading books; Photo: Rebecca Moyce


For information and advice on professional development for the literature sector.

Edinburgh International Book Festival; Photo: Pascal Saez

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2005

Read about last month's highly successful annual book festival.

Workshop at Kincardine-in-Menteith school; Photo: Sue Carter


Moving Words - teaching creative writing in schools

Jeremy Strong kicks off the Children's Programme; Photo: AJ McLean

Word 05

What's on at this year's popular literary event.

Wigtown Booktown; Photo: Allan Devlin

Wigtown Book Fair 2005

Lively entertainment and events at Wigtown.

Harpist and fiddler; Photo: Graham Clark

Ceilidh Culture 2005 festival

Celebrating traditional arts in Edinburgh.

Open book; Photo: Rebecca Moyce

World Book Day 2005

World wide celebration of books and reading.

Children's poetry flags


Scottish and international poetry event.

An event at the 2004 Festival; Photo: Gavin Ramsay

The Aberdeen Storytelling and Theatre Festival

Storytelling and arts events for all.


Cover of The Algebraist by Iain Banks

Aye Write! - Glasgow's first major book festival

Glasgow's first major book festival.

Margot Henderson - one of the Storytelling fellows

Storytelling fellowships

Margot Henderson and Cathy Low.

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust

A profile.

Scottish Book trust banner

Writer's residency at the Scottish Parliament


Louis de Bernieres; Photo: Roddy Simpson

 The Scottish Poetry Library

 A profile.

Storyteller Stuart McHardy at Gothenburg Book Fair

The Scottish Publishers Association

A profile.

Edinburgh International Book Festival; Photo: Pascal Saez

Edinburgh International Book Festival

21st Birthday celebrations.

Scottish Language Resource Centre Office; Photo: John Law

The Scots Language Resource Centre - a profile

Promoting the Scots language.

Moniack Mhor

Moniack Mhor – a profile

Scotland's dedicated creative writing centre.

Beth Cross; Photo: Ian MacKenzie

Ceilidh Culture

 Featuring the Scottish Storytelling network's events.


A canopy of trees; Photo: Sue Carter

Burns Night

A night of traditional celebrations.

*Storytelling festival 2007
*Wigtown Autumn Festival 2007
*Old Town Festival
*Wigtown Spring Festival
*Word 2007
*Ceilidh Culture 2007
*Stanza 2007
*Aberdeen Storytelling Festival 07
*World Book Day 2007
*East Renfrewshire 07
*Aye Write 2007
*Winter Words 2007
*Muriel Spark International Fellowship
*Saltire Society Awards
*National Poetry Day 2006
*Storytelling Festival 2006
*Scots Language Centre
*Wigtown Book Festival 2006
*Book of the Year Awards 2006
*Edinburgh Intl Book Festival 06
*Playwrights Studio Scotland
*Quick Reads
*Storytelling Centre 2006
*Royal Mail Awards
*West Dunbartonshire Literature festival 06
*Borders Book Festival
*Word 06
*StAnza 2006
*Ceilidh Culture 2006
*East Renfrewshire Storytelling Festival 06
*World Book Day 2006
*Winter Words festival 2006
*The Whitbread Awards 2006
*Short stories and parliament
*Literature in learning
*Scottish Language Dictionaries
*National Poetry Day 2005
*Scottish Intl. Storytelling Festival 05
*Share a Story month 05
*Wigtown Book Festival 2005
*Best Scottish Book 2005
*Man Booker International Prize 05
*Book Awards 2005
*Literature in Training
*Edinburgh Intl Book Festival 05
*Moving Words
*Word 05
*Wigtown Book Fair 05
*Ceilidh Culture festival 2005
*World Book Day 2005
*Aberdeen Storytelling Festival
*Aye Write Festival
*Storytelling Fellowships
*Scottish Book Trust
*Scottish Parliament Writers' residency
*Scottish Poetry Library
*Scottish Publishers Assoc.
*Edinburgh International Book Festival
*Scots Language Resource Centre
*Moniack Mhor Writing Centre
*Ceilidh Culture
*Burns Night
* Featured Projects
* Literature Homepage
* Showcase
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