THE BIG SCOTTISH BOOK CLUB New show bringing big-name authors to the small screen

Love the idea of a book club, but wish you could enjoy it snuggled under a blanket on your own sofa? Then we have some good news for you. Brand new series, The Big Scottish Book Club, will be bringing big-name writers to the small screen this autumn. Hosted by award-winning author Damian Barr (Maggie & Me and You Will Be Safe Here), this four-part series has a shining line-up of literary stars from Scotland and beyond. The format is based on Barr’s regular Literary

Salon events and his guests for the show include Janice Galloway, Maggie O’Farrell, Ian Rankin, David Nicholls, Rhik Samadder, Marian Keyes and more. Each episode will focus on one

particular type of writing, from memoir to crime, as well as featuring short readings of poetry and stories all lmed in front of a live audience. ‘The Big Scottish Book Club is bringing books back to television and making it clear that stories are for everyone,’ says Barr (pictured). ‘The line-up for this series truly refl ects the diverse storytelling talent at work in Scotland and across the UK and I can’t wait to share this thrilling mixture of established and emerging voices.’

Tune in for some insight into the writers you love or get a little inspiration for your next read. (Lynsey May) BBC Scotland, November.

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