Reading Inspiration


Open Book runs three weekly drop-in sessions in Edinburgh, which are open to everyone:

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am in the cafe of the National Library Scotland

Wednesdays 1-2pm in ‘The Space’ at the Scottish Poetry Library

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 at the Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens

Feel free to join us!

Open Book also regularly runs creative writing workshops with our public/drop in groups and other weekly groups.  Check our Events page for details.


Open Book is preparing for our annual creative writing and reading sessions for Book Week Scotland, supported by Scottish Book Trust and the City of Literature, Edinburgh. This year’s sessions will explore the theme of ‘secrets and confessions’, responding to the Book Week Scotland book on the subject.

Open Book will be running these supported workshops in the following of our regular groups:

Monday 21st November, Grassmarket Community Project, 11-1pm

Monday 21st November, St Joseph’s House, Little Sisters of the Poor, 2-4pm (NOT open to the public)

Tuesday 22nd November, National Library of Scotland, 10-12pm

Wednesday 23rd November, HMP Low Moss

Thursday 24th November, Botanic Cottage, 10:30-12:30

Friday 25th November, St Andrew’s Hospice (Airdrie), 11-12pm (NOT open to the public)


Scottish Book Trust is supporting a hundreds of events for Book Week Scotland – find out more here:



We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing.  We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme.

In addition to the weekly groups and the annual visit to EIBF, Open Book  offers other regular opportunities to our readers.  In 2016, Open Book group members attended additional author visits, plays at the Lyceum Theatre, creative writing workshops during Book Week Scotland and hosted a World Book Night event (organised and executed entirely by the members of one of our community groups).  As Open Book grows, these additional opportunities form an increasing part of our annual programme.


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