The Big Scottish Book Club Returns With A Stellar Line Up

Pictured above (L-R): Top - Richard Osman, Juno Dawson, Amanda Thomson, Andrew O’Hagan Middle - Janey Godley, Lemn Sissay, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse Bottom - Jojo Moyes, Neil Gaiman, Jenny Lindsay, Sathnam Sanghera
The Big Scottish Book Club is returning with a stellar line-up for the series which is hosted by award-winning author Damian Barr.

The arts show, produced in Glasgow by IWC, a Banijay company, is due to transmit weekly from Sunday 25 October at 10pm.

Following the critical success of the first season, Series Two has been extended to eight episodes. The show will feature 32 writers from across Scotland and around the UK. The writers represent a thrilling spectrum of styles and genres, from fiction to non-fiction and poetry. It will hear from some world famous writers as well as celebrating emerging talents including premieres of new books.

Confirmed guests include:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Richard Osman
  • Jojo Moyes
  • Lemn Sissay
  • Val McDermid
  • Kirsty Wark
  • Juno Dawson
  • Andrew O’Hagan
  • Kate Mosse
  • Sathnam Sanghera
  • Janey Godley
  • Jenny Lindsay
  • Sue Black
  • Kathleen Jamie
  • Kirstin Innes
  • Amanda Thomson
  • Heather H. Yeung
  • Jessica Fellowes

The full list of guests will be revealed soon.

These acclaimed writers will be discussing their work with Damian, as well as telling personal stories and giving exclusive readings. The series will be filmed across two locations in Scotland, which will be announced later. In line with current Covid-19 guidance, the show will feature socially distanced interviews and participation from the other guests rather than a studio audience.

Damian Barr says: “I’m delighted the Big Scottish Book Club is back on BBC Scotland and that we’ve gone from four episodes to eight. Our line-up for this series reflects the diversity of stories, lived and imagined, from across Scotland and around the world. We’re showcasing some of the biggest established and brightest emerging names in fiction and nonfiction. Once again we have a poet on every show to ‘play us out’ reflecting Scotland’s place at the heart of the spoken word scene. Our themes this series include Other Worlds, Writing History & Class and invite us to consider stories other than our own.”