Online auction of literary treats launched for Scottish charity

An online auction featuring exclusive literary items will be launched today ahead of Book Week Scotland.

Online auction of literary treats launched for Scottish charity

Online auction of literary treats launched for Scottish charity.

Signed first edition Harry Potter among items available to bid on.

An online auction featuring exclusive literary items will be launched today ahead of Book Week Scotland. Funds from the auction will go towards Scottish Book Trust’s programmes to transform the lives of people across Scotland through reading and writing.

Book Week Scotland runs from 27 November to 3 December and the auction will close on Friday 1 December at noon.

Among the items available to bid on is a signed first edition of the second book in the iconic Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The book is signed by its author JK Rowling and is an exciting opportunity for fans of the series to own a rare piece of Potter magic.

Since the first in the series was published 20 years ago, the Harry Potter books have been distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 68 languages and have sold over 400 million copies worldwide.

Also part of the online charity auction is the chance to win a portrait from one of the UK’s top illustrators, Chris Riddell. Chris was the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate and is an accomplished artist, as well as the political cartoonist for the Observer newspaper.

Chris will create a portrait illustration of the winning bidder, or someone of their choosing, making this a unique and personal item to keep.

The auction items also include the opportunity for an unpublished writer to receive advice on getting published from leading literacy agency, Jenny Brown Associates. Among the agency’s dozens of authors are top writers Alasdair Gray, Lin Anderson and Sara Sheridan, and they have guided the careers of many more.

The chance to receive valuable one-on-one industry advice, including how to get an agent and how to find a publisher, could be the crucial turning point for a budding writer looking for help to take their work to the next level.

Information on each of the auction items and how to bid is available online at Scottish Book Trust website here

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “These exciting auction items each offer a rare opportunity to bid for a literary treat, while supporting our work in communities across Scotland. We rely on fundraising, donations and grants to continue bringing our life-changing programmes to people from all walks of life, so that everyone has an equal chance to thrive through reading and writing.

“Book Week Scotland is for everyone and is a celebration of all we love about books and reading, and we hope there will be many bids for these wonderful items.”

Book Week Scotland is a national celebration of books and reading, and this is its sixth year. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust will deliver a huge range of events and activities across the country during Book Week Scotland, all linked to this year’s theme of Nourish.

Central to the week is the events programme which includes hundreds of diverse opportunities for all ages and interests, linking to different strands of the Nourish theme. Among those taking part this year are Val McDermid, Bernard MacLaverty, Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina and Judy Murray.

Also for the first time, Book Week Scotland will include a Virtual Festival, a selection of online events that can be enjoyed and accessed by all via Scottish Book Trust’s social media channels.

Book Week Scotland was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by £200,000 from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and £24,000 from SLIC.

While the online auction will raise funds for Scottish Book Trust’s diverse programmes across the country, there are other opportunities to support the charity. During Book Week Scotland schools, companies and communities across the country will be encouraged to hold a fundraising book sale or swish, in aid of Scottish Book Trust. A free fundraising toolkit with top tips on holding a book sale is available here

Last Updated: 22 November 2017 10:08

Latest Local News

Alternative Valentines night out with Ae Fond Kiss at Eastood Park Theatre

Alternative Valentines night out with Ae Fond Kiss at Eastood Park Theatre

Ae Fond Kiss, is embarking on its first tour of Scotland in February and comes to Eastwood Park Theatre as part of its 45th anniversary programme.

Sweeney Todd is coming to Giffnock

Sweeney Todd is coming to Giffnock

Glasgow Music Theatre will transport theatregoers to London in the 1800s when they bring Sweeney Todd to Eastwood Park Theatre!

Official opening ceremony held for Barrhead High

Official opening ceremony held for Barrhead High

A ceremony to mark the official opening of the new £30m Barrhead High, in East Renfrewshire, was held on Thursday 11th January.

COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show at the SEC Glasgow in February!

More Local News
Andy Murray serves up challenge to Scots to sign up for the Kiltwalk

Andy Murray serves up challenge to Scots to sign up for the Kiltwalk

Last Updated: 9th January 2018
Andy Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion, is encouraging Scots to set the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk as a goal for 2018!
Voting opens for the SSE Live Awards 2017

Voting opens for the SSE Live Awards 2017

Last Updated: 9th January 2018
Now in their third year, the SSE Live Awards are calling on fans from around the UK to vote for their Best Live Act of 2017!
Eastwood Park Theatre Launches 45th Anniversary Programme

Eastwood Park Theatre Launches 45th Anniversary Programme

Last Updated: 2nd January 2018
Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock will celebrate its 45th anniversary at the start of 2018, with a host of diverse and dynamic performances lined up.
Find your Hoppy Place!

Find your Hoppy Place!

Last Updated: 27th December 2017
With the Hogmanay celebrations just around the corner, VisitScotland has brewed up its very first craft beer map!
COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to this years IRN BRU Carnival with Whats On East Renfrewshire!

COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to this years IRN BRU Carnival with Whats On East Renfrewshire!

Last Updated: 20th December 2017
Prepare for a ‘whirl’ of fun... The IRN-BRU Carnival is back and we have five family tickets up for grabs!
Eastwood Park Theatre invites isolated adults to join in panto fun for free

Eastwood Park Theatre invites isolated adults to join in panto fun for free

Last Updated: 20th December 2017
Eastwood Park Theatre is inviting people feeling lonely or isolated at this time of year to come along to their pantomime and soak up some festive fun
Snow White stars set for the stage

Snow White stars set for the stage

Last Updated: 17th December 2017
Family panto packed with song, dance and the best Glasgow banter, Snow White and the Seven Muppets, kicks off at Eastwood Park Theatre tomorrow!
Peter Kay cancels UK live tour

Peter Kay cancels UK live tour

Last Updated: 13th December 2017
Comedian Peter Kay apologises to fans after he cancels all dates in his 2018 UK arena tour due to unforeseen family circumstances.
Go Safe East Ren road safety campaign launches

Go Safe East Ren road safety campaign launches

Last Updated: 13th December 2017
East Renfrewshire Council has today launched a road safety campaign, Go Safe East Ren, aimed at school pupils and parents.
First Minister leads messages of goodwill to Paisley as City of Culture competition comes to an end

First Minister leads messages of goodwill to Paisley as City of Culture competition comes to an end

Last Updated: 8th December 2017
Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Paisley’s UK City of Cuture bid will lead to ‘lasting benefit’ for the town.
Public to have say on future leisure and recreational facilities in the Eastwood area

Public to have say on future leisure and recreational facilities in the Eastwood area

Last Updated: 8th December 2017
A public consultation is to be held to find out the views of residents on a number of potential options for future leisure & recreational facilities.
Our journey will continue, official Paisley reaction as UK City of Culture 2021 title decided

Our journey will continue, official Paisley reaction as UK City of Culture 2021 title decided

Last Updated: 7th December 2017
The team behind Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 have thanked the people of the town for their ‘incredible effort’.
Successful East Ren Decides projects confirmed

Successful East Ren Decides projects confirmed

Last Updated: 7th December 2017
The eight resurfacing projects which came out on top in the Council’s East Ren Decides voting process have been confirmed.
Charity spreads Christmas cheer with prize giveaway

Charity spreads Christmas cheer with prize giveaway

Last Updated: 7th December 2017
The Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) Grand Christmas Raffle is back for 2017 and this year it’s a cracker.
Final messages of support pour as Paisley waits on UK City of Culture 2021 decision

Final messages of support pour as Paisley waits on UK City of Culture 2021 decision

Last Updated: 6th December 2017
The people of Paisley now have just hours to wait to find out if their town will be crowned the next UK City of Culture!
Be a Social Media Santa with Shelter Scotland and give a homeless child a Christmas to remember this year!

Be a Social Media Santa with Shelter Scotland and give a homeless child a Christmas to remember this year!

Last Updated: 6th December 2017
Do something to give homeless children across Scotland a Christmas to remember, and become a #SocialMediaSanta.
Gift adventure this Christmas with Go Ape!

Gift adventure this Christmas with Go Ape!

Last Updated: 5th December 2017
Gift an unforgettable memory this Christmas with a voucher for Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.
School application week announced

School application week announced

Last Updated: 29th November 2017
Applications for places in East Renfrewshire primary schools will take place from Monday 15 January until Friday 19 January between 1.45pm and 3.30pm.
Scotland, the most welcoming country in the world

Scotland, the most welcoming country in the world

Last Updated: 29th November 2017
Scotland voted most welcoming country in the world and Favourite Destination of 2017 by Rough Guide readers!
St Andrews Day Celebrations light up Loch Lomond Shores

St Andrews Day Celebrations light up Loch Lomond Shores

Last Updated: 28th November 2017
Loch Lomond Shores will be celebrating St Andrews Day in style this weekend, with a two day event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December!