Rebel! – podcast 28

Library Love Podcast 28: Book Week Scotland Rebels!

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Vikki and Tanya.
Today’s episode is all about women in classic novels who rebelled against their time, in honour of the Rebel! theme of this year’s Bookweek Scotland.  All the books mentioned can be found on our library catalogue to request and read.

What we have been reading to:

Tanya has been reading:
• Summer on the Little Cornish Isles, Phillipa Ashley

Vikki has been reading:
• The Good People, Hannah Kent
• The Disappearance of Emily Marr, Louise Candlish
• Those Other Women, Nicola Moriarty

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer, M.C. Beaton
• In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin
• Pulse, Michael Harvey
• The Life and Times of a Very British Man, Kamal Ahmed
• How to Be a Footballer by Peter Crouch

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Grandma Bird, Benji Davies (0 -5)
• The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig & Chris Mould( illustrator)(5 – 7)
• There’s a Yeti in the Playground, Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham
(Illustrator) (7 – 9 years)
• The Trouble with Perfect (A Place Called Perfect) Helena Duggan (10 – 14 years)
• Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Older Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Oceans 8 (12)
• Love Simon (15)

Our Reading Agony this week:  ‘I’ve moved here from another country, my spoken English is okay, but reading English is hard for me. Can you help?’

We often buy an audio version of many fiction titles as well as a book version; it might help to borrow an unabridged audio version of novels and follow the written text whilst listening. Perhaps adult quick reads might be slightly easier. Or Non- fiction titles with illustrations and less text.  We also have books in some community languages so people can have a mixture of reading in both English and their home language.

Staff quote of the day: This library is powered by tea

Our discussion was all about Women in classic novels who rebelled against their time.
We barely scratched the surface but here are some of our favourite heroines.
• Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
• Josephine “Jo” March (Little Women) Louisa May Alcott
• Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Jane Austen
• Anne Elliot (Persuasion), Jane Austen
• Laura, Little (House on the Prairie) Laura Ingalls Wilder
• Bathsheba Everdene, (Far from the Madding Crowd), Thomas Hardy
• Sofia (The Color Purple), Alice Walker
• Matilda, Roald Dahl
• Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
• Anne of Green Gables, L M Montgomery
• Mary Lennox (Secret Garden) Frances Hodgson Burnett
• Katniss Everdeen, (Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins
• Arya Stark, (A Song of Fire and Ice), George R R Martin
• Lyra (His Dark Materials), Philip Pullman

Did you know? We are starting to make videos – have a look on you tube under Falkirk Libraries or keep your eyes open on the blog – you can see me (Tanya) doing some unboxings and talking about my love of pudding – we’ve got lots more coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more of the wonderful staff from Falkirk Libraries

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Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland author events in Falkirk LibrariesBook Week Scotland, the nation’s annual reading love-in, is back and this year the theme is rebellion!

So, it’s time to rebel against your reading habits. Head to your library to pick up something new, bag a free Book Week Scotland Book,  and find authors you don’t yet even know you love!

We’ve lined up a programme of authors and storytellers who know a thing or two about rebellion…

You can find out about free tickets for all the events below on our website:

E.S Thomson’s Gothic Crime
Thursday 22nd November, 6.30pm, Larbert Library

ES Thomson Book Week Scotland

The Blood, the third installment of Elaine Thomson’s Jem Flockhart series, is one of our favourite books of this year, so we’re thrilled to bring her to our libraries for the first time.

Jem, the star of the three books so far in the series, is a rebel with cause. Set in a beautifully-realised Victorian London, she lives as a man, allowing her to work as an apothecary… and get caught up in grisly crimes.

Elaine’s books are dark, gothic and atmospheric. Her Victorian London is so richly detailed that when you look up from the page, you’ll be surprised to find yourself in 2018!

Kirkland Ciccone
Thursday 22nd November, 11am, Grangemouth Library

The word rebel might have been invented for the one, the only Kirkland Ciccone!

Kirkland Ciccone has taken the teen scene by storm, with his larger-than-life personality and punk rock-fuelled pop-art style giving him the edge he needed to grab attention. A favourite with librarians and teen readers for his anarchic live events, Kirkland is in much demand. But what he does best is write twisty, weird YA fiction for the freaks/geeks/punks/teens who want to read something a little bit quirkier than the usual fare. His fiction is crammed with memorable characters, spiky dialogue, and Kirkland’s own observations.

Maggie Craig: Falkirk’s Rebels
Friday 23rd November, 10.30am, Forth Valley Sensory CentreMaggie Craig Book Week Scotland author event

Maggie Craig has been bringing Scotland’s history vividly to life throughout her career. She’s written about the workers fighting for their rights on red Clydeside, knows a heck of a lot about the Jabobite Rebellion and has a particular interest in the unsung women who have played a role in Scotland’s past.

She joins us for a very special event at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre. As well as hearing Maggie’s tales of Falkirk’s Rebels, it’s a great chance to find out more about the work the Centre does to support people with hearing and sight loss – and grab a cake and a cuppa in their excellent cafe!

James Oswald
Friday 23rd November, 2.30pm, Grangemouth LibraryJames Oswald Book Week Scotland author event

You might say that James Oswald is a bit of a rebel himself.  He doesn’t spend his days sitting in pretty Edinburgh coffee shops with his notepad and pen, he’s out roaming the fields with his Romney sheep and Highland cows!

By day, James farms and by night he writes classic fantasy and a series of eerie crime novels starring Detective Inspector Tony MacLean. DI MacLean is himself an unusual man, who is unlucky enough to see beyond the veil and the menacing evil that lurks beneath the seemingly ordinary crimes he investigates.

Jan Bee Brown: Rebel Stories
20th/21st November at Bonnybridge, Denny and Meadowbank Libraries

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown joins us for some seriously silly and rebellious tales aimed at primary age children.

Jan loves to share stories from traditional Scottish and European folktales to ancient myths and Celtic legends. She loves stories of the sea that include quests, monsters, the world at war and journeys that cross borders.

Jan speaks German and having lived and worked in Europe is drawn to Nordic myths, dark forests, tales of intrepid travellers and brave women.

Bag a book!

Grab a free copy of the Book Week Scotland book in libraries and at events.

You can also listen to all the stories, right now on the Book Week Scotland website.


Vote for your favourite read of 2018 with Falkirk Libraries





ell us your favourite book of this year.  You can cast your vote in the library, or comment below right now!

The book can be fiction or non-fiction, for any age. As long as it’s a paperback, hardback, graphic novel, audiobook or eBook released in 2018, it counts!

Historical Crime Fiction – podcast 27

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast with Tanya and Vikki. Today’s episode is all about crime novels set in the past – there’s a huge selection and we’re really excited to share some brilliant choices.  All the books mentioned can be found on our library catalogue – enjoy!

What we have been reading:
Tanya has been reading:
• Max Helsing Monster Hunter, Curtis Jobling

Vikki has been reading
• Wildfire, Ann Cleeves
• The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry
• Snap, Belinda Bauer

New and forthcoming adult books:
• An Easy Death: the Gunnie Rose series , Charlaine Harris
• The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle , Stuart Turton
• Salvation, Peter F Hamilton
• Heroes, Stephen Fry
• We Need to Weaken the Mixture, Guy Martin

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• The Way Home For Wolf , Rachel Bright Illustrated, Jim Field (0 – 5 years)
• Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups , Lauren Child (6 – 9 years)
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2019 (9 – 12 years)
• A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
• On Chesil Beach (15)
• Hostiles (15)
• The Book Club (12)

Our Reading Agony this week: ‘My child is 7 and reads non-fiction, but won’t read fiction. Any fiction suggestions he might like?’
It doesn’t really matter, as long as they are reading, keep going for it and follow their interests.   Reading non-fiction is a totally valid choice and should be encouraged. You could always try a novel of a film / tv show they like (e.g. Star Wars Jedi Academy books by Jeffrey Brown), or on a subject they are interested in (e.g. Space Penguins series by L A Courteney for space lovers)
Graphic novels – maybe the Corpse Talk series for history lovers, Evil Emperor Penguin by Laura Ellen Anderson and others from the Phoenix Presents series

Staff quote of the day: “I’m never gonna get this out of my toga “

Our discussion was all about historical crime fiction, here are the title or series and authors we mentioned.
• Falco novels, Lindsey Davis
• Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L Sayers
• Daisy Dalrymple series, Carola Dunn
• Phryne Fisher Investigates, Kerry Greenwood
• Her Royal Spyness series, Rhys Bowen
• Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew, Susanna Gregory
• Cadfael novels, Ellis Peter
• Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.
• The Snake Stone, Jason Goodwin
• Dr.Siri series, Colin Cotterill
• Knight’s Templar mysteries, Michael Jecks
• The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry
• The Wages of Sin, Katie Welsh
• Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Bevan series ), Sara Sheriden
• Zigzag girl (Magic Men Mysteries), Elly Griffiths
• Damian Seeker series, SG Maclean
• Beloved Poison (Jem Flockhart series), E S Thomson

Did you know?
Libraries often have some great volunteering opportunities. Falkirk Libraries is currently seeking volunteers to read and chat with older people.  Care Words is a wonderful new Big Lottery funded project where we train and support volunteers to go into local care settings to run reading and reminiscence groups with older adults using the joy of reading to tackle loneliness and isolation. Our other main volunteering opportunity is to become an IT Helper and support library users who need some help with developing their IT skills, this will be available from January. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, then please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you

Thank you for listening to the Library Love podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and if you did, then join us on rate and review us on Apple so that more people can find out about us. We love to hear from you and if you’d like to get in touch with us, or if you’ve got a Reader Agony of your very own then go to, Falkirk Libraries on Facebook or @LibFalkirk on Twitter