Book Week Scotland: Spot the Reader

It’s Book Week Scotland – the first ever. I volunteered to help my local library service deliver goody bags this morning – here we all are on the steps of Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art ready to “Spot the Reader”.

Setting out from GoMA with our goody bags
Setting out from GoMA with our goody bags

In groups of 2 or 3, we went round various coffee shops (permission had already been sought) to look for people who were reading and give them a bag containing information about the week and a free book. I think this was a great publicity idea and we did really well – there must have been about 100 bags given out altogether. However, it was actually quite hard to find readers. Some of the cafés were really quiet and most of the people who were there seemed to be with companions and chatting away, but we decided just to approach them anyway. Some even approached us themselves because they were curious, some were ready for a blether, and some – inexplicably – didn’t want a free book! Still, those that refused did so very politely and apologetically. A few people already knew about Book Week Scotland, most didn’t, but we’ve spread the word a bit further and when Lynsay and I were walking back to GoMA from our third outing, we were gratified to spot people walking down Buchanan Street who already had the blue bags.

An aside – I was amused to notice that the Duke of Wellington statue outside GoMA, which usually sports a traffic cone (it’s a Glasgow tradition), was flying a Minnie Mouse balloon today. During the Olympics, when medallists’ home towns were getting gold postboxes, Wellington even got a gold traffic cone. Only in Glasgow!

The Duke
The Duke

Anyway, back to Book Week. I did of course save myself a goody bag – now to get reading the free book.

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Anabel Marsh

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

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