Councillor MacLaren welcomes Book Week Scotland

“Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading and runs between the 16th and 22nd November,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest).

As part of Scottish Book Trust’s annual writing project people all over Scotland were asked to submit true stories inspired by this year’s theme, Future.  Every day we cast ourselves into the future, imagining what’s next in our lives. We tell ourselves stories about where we’ll go and with who, or reflect on how the past has shaped us. For many of us, the future represents opportunity and gives us hope that we can make positive change for our loved ones, our communities or ourselves. 

The Scottish Book Trust collated some of their favourite stories into a book, Future, which will be distributed for free across the country during Book Week Scotland 2020.  Councillor Kenny MacLaren has received a supply of these free books and they are being distributed via Shopmobility Paisley & District’s office at the Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street, Paisley.

With 1,000 events taking place across Scotland and the distribution of 100,000 free books – Book Week Scotland is growing bigger every year.  More details on events are available at

Councillor Kenny MacLaren said:

“This is a great idea to encourage more people to pick up a book and read.  The book contains short stories and poems based on the theme of the Future.

“Normally I distribute the free books to local reading clubs but this year that’s not possible so I’ve donated them to Shopmobility Paisley & District who will hand them out to anyone who wants one.  Anyone who needs to hire a wheelchair or scooter from this organisation will also be offered one of the free books.”

Karen Miller of Shopmobility Paisley & District added: “This is a great idea, we know a lot of our regular clients have found it hard during lockdown and miss getting out and meeting their families.  These books will give them something to read and to help them focus on the future.”