Island libraries hold special events for Book Week

Uist born author Emma Fraser
Uist born author Emma Fraser

Book Week Scotland from November 25th to December 1st is a national celebration of reading created to highlight Scotland’s exceptional cultural, creative and literary talent, and to remind everyone of the unique pleasure that can be gained from a good book.

Western Isles Libraries will take part in the celebrations by hosting a tour by Uist-born author, Emma Fraser, who will be visiting libraries across the islands.

Born to two Gaelic speaking parents, mother from North Uist, father from South Uist, Emma spent much of her childhood South Africa. When she was seventeen, intending to go to university in Cape Town, she took a year out and returned to stay with her uncle in North Uist.

A job on archaeological sites across Uist was followed by a waitressing job in Skye and a stint behind the bar in Greagorry Hotel - all stories in themselves. Emma left Uist to train as a nurse in Edinburgh. After a few years, she decided to study English at Aberdeen University.

She started writing while taking a career break and almost before she knew it, had nineteen medical romances published by an international publisher.

When the Dawn Breaks is her first historical novel as Emma Fraser.

Pamela Taylor-Bramwell, Community Librarian at Lionacleit Library said: “We’re delighted to be holding these events, giving everyone in the community the opportunity to share their love of reading – we can’t wait for everyone to grab a good book and join us!”

Apart from attending Emma’s events, Western Isles Libraries wants to encourage everybody to get involved with Book Week Scotland. There are lots of ways to take part:

Join your local library – it’s free!

Start a reading group – or join one. We have regular Reading Group meetings at Stornoway, Tarbert and Lionacleit libraries.

Try out Western Isles Libraries’ new e-book and e-audio service.

Visit your local or mobile library.

To find out more about Western Isles Libraries’ events email: or call 01851 822744.