Welcome to our activity page inspired by THE CREATIVE POWER OF BOOKS in the UoA Collections. There are fun activities to do from home and we hope you will be able to visit us again soon.

This year we are delighted to have received funding from the Scottish Book Trust to commission writer Alex McCall to create a brand new piece of Flash Fiction to celebrate Book Week Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. As part of the project Alex has also worked with us to create an animated version of himself for a five part series of micro tutorials on "How to Write Flash Fiction". You can read more about how this project came about in the blog Animating Alex.

Here's Alex in animated form...


And here's Alex's newly commissioned Flash Fiction story.

Flash Fiction Competitions

Now you've seen how you can get inspired to write, why not enter one of our Flash Fiction competion. Click on the links to find out how to enter.

Book Folk

Meet Jane Pirie as we Corner another Curator; and Alan Warner, the University of Aberdeen's newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing,

Collecting your Thoughts

To Our Future Readers


We want to see your best attempt at designing a Science Fiction book cover for Aldous Huxley's novel BRAVE NEW WORLD. Share your creation on social media with #BraveNewWorldCover and tag us. A winner will be chosen on Monday 14th December and will win a £20 book token!

Make & Play

Book Tree Tradition

It has become a tradition each Book Week Scotland for the Sir Duncan Rice Library team to build and decorate the Book Tree and this year is no exception. Loving the Book Week Baubles! To all our readers and writers, have a great Book Week and a Happy Festive Season.


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