Scottish Book Week begins with animal vote

SCOTTISH Book Week gets underway today, with readers having until midnight to vote for their favourite animal in fiction.

The chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo have even got in on the act, with characters including Gnasher, Paddington, and Tigger competing for the title.

The winning animal will be named later this week.

Marc Lambert, chief executive at the Scottish Book Trust, said: “Book Week Scotland is a special time of year, where people across Scotland can come together to celebrate and experience the magic of books and reading.

“The 2022 programme features a mix of fun, spooky, inspiring, and unusual events and activities.

“This year’s Book Week Scotland forms part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, celebrating Scotland’s rich culture of telling stories.

“We hope you’ll be able to join in with a Book Week Scotland event in your community, or one of the many ways to take part online.”

Broadcaster Sally Magnusson added: “I am delighted to be hosting ‘Scotland’s Stories: Tales from the People of Scotland’ during Book Week Scotland because this special event celebrates the stories that remind us who we are, that connect us to our families and our communities, and that enable us to share the challenges and the joys of life with one another.

“Showcasing the extraordinary stories from ordinary people at the Glasgow Film Theatre is a great way to round off Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.”

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