Bestselling historical fiction author Simon Scarrow to open Book Week celebrations in Perth

Simon Scarrow, one of the UK’s foremost historical fiction authors and a Sunday Times No1 Bestseller, is set to kick off events taking place next week across Perthshire for Culture Perth & Kinross’ Book Week Scotland celebrations, in what is expected to be an enthralling “Meet the Author” event to be held at Perth’s AK Bell Library on 22nd November at 7.30pm

Simon’s serialization of Roman soldiers Cato and Macro made their debut in 2000 and have appeared in a series of novels written by the author including CENTURION, THE GLADIATOR and, most recently, BRITANNIA. His latest novel, INVICTUS is due to be published this month.

The event, taking place at the AK Bell Library, is a must for historical fiction fans and no prior knowledge of the book is required to attend. This “Meet the Author” event is part of a series of events to celebrate Book Week Scotland taking place in Perth, Crieff, Blairgowrie, Kinross and Auchterarder organised by Culture Perth & Kinross Libraries. Book Week Scotland, which runs from 21-27 November, is a national celebration of books and reading that brings hundreds of free events to a variety of venues across the country.

It is one of eight events set to be staged across Perth & Kinross, embracing the official theme for Book Week Scotland 2016 which is discovery, celebrating how reading exposes us to a world of discovery, exploration and adventure. Writers set to visit the region include BBC radio Scotland presenter and author Theresa Talbot and children’s book author Keith Brumpton.

The 2016 events programme is a literary box of delights, with the full programme offering something for readers of all ages to enjoy:

• An Evening with Simon Scarrow, 22nd November 2016, AK Bell Library, Perth
• An Evening with James Robertson, 23rd November 2016, Auchterarder Library
• Meet the Author: Clare Mackintosh, 24th November 2016, AK Bell Library Perth
• An Evening with Theresa Talbot, 24th November 2016, Strathearn Library, Crieff
• Earthmovers in Scotland with David Wylie, 24th November 2016, Blairgowrie Library
• Charlie, Meg and Me; an illustrated talk with Gregor Ewing, 25th November 2016, Loch Leven Library, Kinross
• Family Fun with Keith Brumpton, 26th November 2016, Strathearn Library, Crieff
• Birds, Beasts and Books: An Illustrated Talk with Polly Pullar, 26th November, Scone Library

Events are all free and bookings have now opened online at

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross commented:

“We’re delighted that Simon will be opening up Perth & Kinross’s Book Week Scotland events in the first of eight events across the county. His books are a gripping read and, for those fans of historical fiction, an exciting glimpse into more mysterious eras, full of mythical figures and cultures. Book Week Scotland is the perfect chance to get signed up to your library or dig out your old membership card, to make sure there are books in your house and to take the time to enjoy them by yourself and together with your children.”

Initiated by the Scottish Government and supported, along with a Readers in Residence programme in libraries, by £200,000 from Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland will be delivered by Scottish Book Trust. Scottish Book Trust works with a range of partners across the nation to deliver a packed programme of free projects and events during Book Week Scotland 2016, bringing Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate books and reading.

Book Week Scotland in libraries is funded by The Scottish Library and Information Council. For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit or follow @Bookweekscot on Twitter, or like the Book Week Scotland Facebook page.