November 17 2017

Edinburgh-based author Daniel Gray

Orkney literary fans are being given the chance to hear from one of the UK’s fastest rising young authors this month as part of Book Week Scotland.

On Tuesday 27th November acclaimed author Daniel Gray will read from his latest book ‘Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books’ at Orkney Library as part of the national programme. Daniel will also be in conversation with Journalist and former Minister of St Magnus Cathedral Ron Ferguson as the duo reflect on the joys of reading and discuss Daniel’s travels across Scotland in pursuits of football, historical tales and good bookshops.  The event kicks off at 7pm and admission is free thanks to support from the Scottish Book Trust and the Nil by Mouth equalities charity.

Gray hosts STV’s People’s History Show and has written several books including, Stramash, Saturday 3PM, Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters and Homage to Caledonia: Scotland and the Spanish Civil War, which was turned into a documentary by STV in 2009. In 2015 Daniel was nominated for a prestigious Saltire Award in the Non-Fiction category for his book ‘This is Scotland’ which saw him collaborate with photographer Alan McCredie and visit places across Scotland capturing the essence of the County.

His latest Book ‘Scribbles in the Margins’ is a celebration of books and was inspired by J B Priestley. ‘Scribbles… ‘is a love-letter to libraries, books and bookshops, rejoicing in the many universal and sometimes odd little ways that reading and the rituals around reading make us happy. Warm, heartfelt and witty, it contains fifty short essays of prose poetry. with titles including ‘Impromptu Bookmarks’, ‘Libraries’ Reading in a Pub’ and ‘Finishing a book, putting it down and thinking about it.’

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading and takes place from Monday 27th November until Sunday 3rd December. During this week people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Daniel Gray said:
‘It is going to be an absolute career highlight, being able to perform an event in Orkney. Similarly, I have really admired Ron Ferguson’s works for years, so having him with us is a real privilege. I hope those that come along will see a happy wee reminder of why books and words remain so important, and still charm us. I hope people will nod and laugh along at the things we do as readers – use bus tickets as impromptu bookmarks, spy on the shelves of others when we visit their houses… I am so pleased that we can have this event in Orkney Library, as libraries mean the world to me.’

Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘Our work is all about bringing people together and few things do that better than books. When we had the chance to work with Daniel and the Book Trust on this event Orkney Library was our first choice. The library has obtained cult status with its hilarious social media accounts and warm welcome for visitors. The trip also has a very personal significance for me as my wife grew up on Burray and we will be bringing our new born son for his first trip to the county. We hope people can come along and enjoy this special opportunity to hear a real master of his craft perform and remind ourselves of the simple, eternal pleasures of reading.’