Online auction of literary treats launched for Scottish charity

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.

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The auction items also include the opportunity for an unpublished writer to receive advice on getting published from leading literacy agency, Jenny Brown Associates.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

A new dinosaur themed shop has opened at Kelvingrove in time for Christmas

A new dinosaur themed shop has opened at Kelvingrove in time for Christmas

In preparation for the arrival of Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s famous diplodocus, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum a new dinosaur themed shop has opened at the museum!
Last Updated: 16th December 2018
Kind hearted council staff donate to East Renfrewshire Foodbank

Kind hearted council staff donate to East Renfrewshire Foodbank

Staff at East Renfrewshire Council recently donated 233kg of food to the East Renfrewshire Foodbank.
Last Updated: 11th December 2018
Communities benefit from City Deal business centre

Communities benefit from City Deal business centre

A range of community benefits have been secured by East Renfrewshire Council as part of the construction of Greenlaw Business Centre in Newton Mearns, a Glasgow City Region City Deal funded project.
Last Updated: 6th December 2018
Irn Bru Carnival Competition Terms & Conditions

Irn Bru Carnival Competition Terms & Conditions

We have a fab festive giveaway for you, thanks to the Irn Bru Carnival, Europe's largest indoor funfair!
Last Updated: 6th December 2018
Scream if you want to go faster!

Scream if you want to go faster!

Buckle up as Europe's largest indoor funfair, The IRN-BRU Carnival returns to the SEC, Glasgow this festive season – promising to be bigger and better than ever before!
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!

Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!

Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Edinburgh Tattoo announces tickets for 2019 Kaleidoscope showcase on now on sale

Edinburgh Tattoo announces tickets for 2019 Kaleidoscope showcase on now on sale

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns from 2-24th August and tickets for its 2019 showcase are on sale from 10am today.
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with Go Ape

Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with Go Ape

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to think twice about traditional stocking staples and consider the gift of an unforgettable experience this Christmas.
Last Updated: 30th November 2018
Kick off for new sports pitch at Barrhead High

Kick off for new sports pitch at Barrhead High

A brand new state-of-the-art sports pitch and running track has been unveiled at the old Barrhead High site on Aurs Road.
Last Updated: 30th November 2018
Learn 2 Swim with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Learn 2 Swim with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is offering free swim assessments with its Learn 2 Swim programme, to make sure your child can splash straight into lessons suited to their ability.
Last Updated: 27th November 2018
The 1975 announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

The 1975 announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Glasgow Summer Sessions today announce The 1975 as a headliner for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019 who will be joined by Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six, Pale Waves, Ten Tonnes and No Rome!
Last Updated: 26th November 2018
Final nominees for 2018 SSE Scottish Music Awards announced

Final nominees for 2018 SSE Scottish Music Awards announced

2018’s SSE Scottish Music Awards have today announced the final nominees for this year’s 20th ceremony, with The Script, Frightened Rabbit and Gary Clark all up for awards.
Last Updated: 23rd November 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse Will Open 20th Anniversary New UK Tour Of Mamma Mia

Edinburgh Playhouse Will Open 20th Anniversary New UK Tour Of Mamma Mia

The worldwide smash hit musical Mamma Mia! will return to Edinburgh Playhouse from 19th - 28th September to open the Mamma Mia! 20th Anniversary Tour.
Last Updated: 22nd November 2018
Foo Fighters announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Foo Fighters announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Glasgow Summer Sessions reveal one of the biggest bands in the world to headline 2019's event... Foo Fighters!
Last Updated: 21st November 2018
Refugee crisis: A local charity tackle inequality through education

Refugee crisis: A local charity tackle inequality through education

The Bakhsh Foundation is a not-for profit organisation which aims to empower refugees and asylum seekers who have had to flee their home countries due to conflict, persecution or natural disaster.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Flip Out unveils year two of its school scheme, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping

Flip Out unveils year two of its school scheme, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping

Flip Out Glasgow has unveiled year two of its initiative for schools, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping to primary and secondary pupils across Greater Glasgow.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Mums and daughters make perfect fitness partners

Mums and daughters make perfect fitness partners

Female family members are being encouraged to keep fit together at East Renfrewshire's weekly Active Women and Girls classes.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Names of WW1 Fallen to illuminate Scottish Parliament as mark of respect

Names of WW1 Fallen to illuminate Scottish Parliament as mark of respect

The names of all those who died serving on behalf of Scotland in the First World War will be projected onto the Scottish Parliament building on Sunday 11 November 2018.
Last Updated: 2nd November 2018
Explore the Christmas markets with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Explore the Christmas markets with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Nothing signals the beginning of the festive season quite like the arrival of a Christmas market!
Last Updated: 1st November 2018
Over 30,000 people attend the annual Paisley Halloween Festival!

Over 30,000 people attend the annual Paisley Halloween Festival!

An estimated crowd of 34,000 flocked to Paisley for a Halloween spectacle at the weekend with amazing floats, flying witches and a Mardi-Gras style parade!
Last Updated: 29th October 2018
Celtic Connections 2019 Programme Announced

Celtic Connections 2019 Programme Announced

Musicians from across the globe will take part in over 300 events across Glasgow for the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music, Celtic Connections!
Last Updated: 25th October 2018
Top Scottish talent announced for original Christmas show at Eastwood Park Theatre

Top Scottish talent announced for original Christmas show at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced the cast line up for its original Christmas show, featuring top Scottish talent including a local Netflix star and CBeebies favourite!
Last Updated: 25th October 2018
VisitScotland launches a new Ghost Trail of Scotland in time for Halloween!

VisitScotland launches a new Ghost Trail of Scotland in time for Halloween!

Scotland’s bloody past has left its mark on the country in the form of a new Ghost Trail created by VisitScotland!
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
East Renfrewshire electrical apprentice joins Stewart Milne Group

East Renfrewshire electrical apprentice joins Stewart Milne Group

Stewart Milne Group has recruited nine new apprentices including Mark Bryden (18) from Giffnock into its expanding homes division in Central Scotland.
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
Gear Up as Resonate Total Gaming arrives in Glasgow

Gear Up as Resonate Total Gaming arrives in Glasgow

Scotland’s largest gaming event, Resonate Total Gaming, returns to SEC, Glasgow this week from 19 - 21 October promising the ultimate gaming experience.
Last Updated: 17th October 2018
Happy 80th Birthday, Beano

Happy 80th Birthday, Beano

Long-standing comic Beano turned 80 this year and continues to break the record for longest-running comic published weekly with every issue.
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Indepen Dance is back out on the road with the award winning show, Four Go Wild in Wellies

Indepen Dance is back out on the road with the award winning show, Four Go Wild in Wellies

Glasgow's leading inclusive dance organisation, return home to start its Autumn tour of Four Go Wild in Wellies on Thursday 18th October!
Last Updated: 9th October 2018
Get involved with Fun Palaces Scotland this weekend 6th and 7th October

Get involved with Fun Palaces Scotland this weekend 6th and 7th October

Come join our free Fun Palaces all across Scotland celebrating culture in the community this weekend!
Last Updated: 5th October 2018
Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Mary’s Meals is inviting people to celebrate World Porridge Day on Wednesday, 10 October, by supporting its Porridge Smiles campaign!
Last Updated: 4th October 2018
Things that go Zip in the Night

Things that go Zip in the Night

Go Ape Aberfoyle is inviting adventurers to experience the forest after hours and take on the challenge of one of Britain’s longest zipwires with just the moon for light.
Last Updated: 4th October 2018

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Elf Hunt & Santa’s Challenge
The elves have all gone missing! Santa needs your help to find them hiding in the woodland around Greenbank Garden!
Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer
Created exclusively for East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, a brand new Christmas story full of music, magic and, of course, beans is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre this festive season!
Pro-Soccer Skills School Festive Holiday Camp
Join Pro-Soccer and Ultimate Soccer for their Skills School Camp during the Christmas holidays!
Magical Winter Trail
Take a stroll with the family in Eastwood Park amid frosty twigs and twinkling lights on this Magical Winter Trail!
Festive Family Films at Eastwood Park Theatre
Come along to Eastwood Park Theatre or Clarkston Hall for special screenings of some classic festive family films!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »