Your chance to win books worth £100 for your school

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THE first Book Week Scotland takes place from November 26 to December 2, and TheSouthern has joined forced with organisers the Scottish Book Trust to offer readers a fantastic prize.

The event, described as Scotland’s first celebration of books and reading, will include a week-long programme of events, bursting with fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, interests and reading abilities. There are several events taking part in the Borders.

On Tuesday, November 27, Alistair Moffat, the award- winning local writer and journalist, will present a talk at Galashiels Library about his Scotland’s DNA project. He has discovered many fascinating facts about the Scots and from where they came. This event kicks off at 7.15pm and will last an hour.

Also on Tuesday, Mary Kenny dons her Mistress Quill alter ego to talk about Our Borders Heritage, History Through Stories, at Melrose Library.

Firmly established in the Borders as an accredited storyteller, Mary, dressed in authentic period costume, shall enthuse her young audience with tales which have been handed down through the centuries. This event takes place from 10am-noon.

On Wednesday, November 28, local artist Laura Blackwood hosts an interactive illustrating workshop for children at Hawick Library, from 2-3pm.

To find out more about what is going on in your area during the week, visit

Our competition prize of books, valued at £100, will include a selection of contemporary children’s fiction in a variety of age ranges, which will be donated to the school of the winner’s choice.

To win, answer the following question.

What is the name of the week-long celebration happening between November 26 and December 2?

Send your answer, name, full address and phone number, by noon on November 26, to or by post to: Book Week Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA.

Normal Southern competition rules apply.