Book Week Nature Trail
For Book Week Scotland (16-22 November 2020), a nature-themed book trail will pop up across the outdoor spaces of Linlithgow. Featuring favourite nature books, quotes and authors, the trail will encourage us to pause and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces of our town, perhaps to explore one or two new green spaces, and help us to discover some new nature writing to inspire us through the winter months.
Half of the trail locations will feature entries from Amanda Thomson’s beautiful ‘A Scots Dictionary of Nature’: A Scots Dictionary of Nature brings together the deeply expressive vocabulary customarily used to describe land, wood, weather, birds, water and walking in Scotland. Artist Amanda Thomson collates and celebrates these traditional Scots words, which reveal ways of seeing and being in the world that are in danger of disappearing forever. What emerges is a vivid evocation of the nature and people of Scotland, past and present; of lives lived between the mountains and the sky.
Thanks to a public call out, the people of Linlithgow have chosen their favourite nature writing to feature on the trail markers too. Accordingly, the trail will feature quotes from classic writers such as Nan Shepherd and Robert Burns, more contemporary favourites including Dara McAnulty and Carol Ann Duffy, and children’s authors Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne.
The trail will go live around Linlithgow on 16th November, and be in place for the duration of Book Week Scotland for people to explore and enjoy. Markers will be located around the lochside path, along the canal towpath, in community gardens and enroute to Beecraigs Country Park and Cockleroy, highlighting the beautiful outdoor spaces we are so lucky to have all around us in Linlithgow.
The selection of books chosen as Linlithgow’s favourite nature writing will be featured in Far From The Madding Crowd this November - enticing us to discover some new favourites, rediscover a classic or get started on the Christmas shopping - with a 25% discount on all featured books.
Sally Pattle, of Far From the Madding Crowd, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this brilliant project – this year more than any other, I think we’ve all come to appreciate how lucky we are to live in a place where we can access nature and wild spaces relatively easily. It seems so fitting to celebrate Book Week Scotland with a nature theme and Amanda Thomson’s beautiful book is the perfect starting point! All the books featured on the trail will be available at a 25% discount from Far From The Madding Crowd throughout the week”.
Pamela Barnes from Transition Linlithgow said: "Such simple pleasures: reading, walking and appreciating nature! Bringing them together is nourishment for the body and soul indeed. Transition Linlithgow is delighted to be promoting this wonderful trail for all ages to enjoy."
The trail is supported by the Scottish Book Trust, and delivered by Kathryn Welch in partnership with Transition Linlithgow and Far From The Madding Crowd.
EXPLORE AND ENJOY