Scots face ‘flood of books’ during Book Week Scotland…

HEADING outdoors? Don’t forget your wellies and umbrella – a “book flood” is on the way.

Publishing bosses aim to convince Scots to create a deluge of literature that will flow through the festive season.

Organisers of Book Week Scotland want to encourage the public to practice the Icelandic tradition of Jolbokaflod – which roughly translates as “Christmas book flood” – and during which paperbacks are swapped on Christmas Eve and the night spent reading.

The tradition is so popular that most book sales in the country occur between September and December. Now people in Scotland are urged to take part in their own ScotBookFlood to celebrate links with Nordic countries and encourage the sharing of literature as part of Book Week Scotland.

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