Lend your support to Book Week

An Ellon bookshop owner is urging people to support a celebration of reading next week.

Bill Kelly, of the town’s Better Read Books and Gifts, will be playing his part in Book Week Scotland 2014, which runs from Monday until Sunday.

Bill Kelly, of Ellon's Better Read Books and Gifts.

Bill Kelly, of Ellon's Better Read Books and Gifts.

Bill will be hosting two book launches at his shop in Ythan Terrace.

The celebration of books and reading is organised by the Scottish Book Trust and supported in all parts of the country.

People of all ages and walks of life meet in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy the experience.

They are joined by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Bill told the Times: “Book Week is the major event run by the Book Trust and their whole ethos is the promotion of reading and books.

“We do everything we can to support that and we are doing our bit locally.

“It’s all showcasing Scottish novelists, based on Scottish literature or Scottish books.

“The Book Trust have a children’s initiative in which they give a package of books to all Scottish children when they are toddlers to encourage parents to read to their kids, and for kids to get used to books.

“It’s so vital to their education.”

Bill will be hosting two events - one on Friday and the other the following day.

Emma O’Connor, from Stuartfield, has written a poetry anthology ‘The Insomnia Poems’ which she will launch between 5-6 pm on Friday.

Emma has MS and a donation from the book sales will go to an MS charity.

The next day there will be a book-signing by B D McKay of his debut novel ‘Drilling, Killing, Love. Drugs and Mud’ - it will take place from 1-3pm.

The book is set on a North Sea oil rig and the story contains pace and humour.

Meanwhile, a host of other events will be held throughout Aberdeenshire during Book Week.

For details of what’s on, turn to page 16.