Jean Urquhart MSP today welcomed the announcement by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop of the first ever Book Week Scotland, a national celebration of reading taking place from November 26th -December 2nd this year.
An avid reader, Jean Urquhart commented:
“I am delighted to see that the Scottish Government has initiated a week celebrating our literary heritage. Harnessing our talent, both past and present, to promote reading as a positive activity, is a welcome step that will help us to continue to benefit socially, economically and culturally from Scotland’s rich seam of talent.
“I am equally pleased to learn that there will be a range of free events and projects held throughout Book Week. It is important that as many people as possible across Scotland are able to participate in these events to grow or rediscover their love of literature.
“I would also urge everybody to submit an entry for the ‘My Favourite Places’ anthology being published as part of Book Week Scotland. Whether it be from childhood memories or from a regular holiday destination, there are corners of Scotland that will always be special to us. I hope to see a wide range of areas, including many in my own region of the Highlands and Islands, included in the final anthology.
“I hope that my parliamentary motion celebrating this announcement will draw support from across the Chamber, and that we can join together in celebrating and making a success of this inaugural event.”