Student health and wellbeing tour by Gemma Cairney

Former Radio 1 presenter, Gemma Cairney, will discuss bullying, body image, heartbreak and activism on a special tour as part of Book Week Scotland.

Student health and wellbeing tour by Gemma Cairney

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, is bringing Gemma Cairney to Scottish universities and colleges for Book Week Scotland. The former Radio 1 presenter and author of ‘Open – A toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’ will speak to young people about mental health and wellbeing.

Gemma will visit University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr, Paisley and Hamilton campuses, as well as West Lothian College. Drawing on her own personal experiences, and the insights gained from her time as Radio 1's resident agony aunt on The Surgery, Gemma has created a toolkit designed to help handle any situation life may throw at you: covering such topics as bullying, body image, heartbreak and activism.

An important advocate for young people, Gemma will offer hope – and a huge comforting cuddle – to all of those attempting to navigate their way through the modern world.

As well as her tour, Gemma Cairney will also take part in events around the country for Book Week Scotland. On 28 November, she will be conversation with Natasha Pulley, author of ‘The Bedlam Stacks’ at 6.30pm at Waterstones Edinburgh. On Wednesday 29 November, Gemma will speak at Crichton Library in Dumfries at 2pm, and then at The Craft Hotel in Wigtown at 7pm.

There’s also a chance to win some of Gemma Cairney’s books by entering the competition on Scottish Book Trust’s website.

Book Week Scotland, a countrywide celebration of books and reading, was initiated by the Scottish Government and is supported by funds from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Funding, and event funding from Scottish Library and Information Council.

Book Week Scotland takes place from 27 November to 3 December. Working with a wide range of partners, Scottish Book Trust will deliver a huge range of events and activities across the country during the Week, all linked to this year’s theme of Nourish.

This year, for the first time, Book Week Scotland’s programme includes a Virtual Festival, a selection of free, online events that can be enjoyed and accessed by all via Scottish Book Trust’s web and social media channels.

Gemma Cairney said: “I’m really excited to be touring during Book Week Scotland. Now more than ever, young people are thinking deeply about their future. We need to be honest and realistic about how we can safeguard the online world and encourage adults to talk about their concerns.”

You can catch Gemma's tour on the following dates and locations:

Thursday 30 November, 10:30am
University of the West of Scotland
Ayr Campus
University Avenue
Ayr
KA8 0SX

Location GT34 (report to Main Reception or Library for directions)

Thursday 30 November, 2.30pm
University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus
High Street
Paisley
PA1 2BE

Location: Library, Level 2 Robertson Trust Building (enter via Storrie Street)

Friday 1 December, 11am
University of the West of Scotland
Hamilton Campus
Almada Street
Hamilton
ML3 0JB

Location: Library, Level 1 of the Almada Building – opposite reception

Friday 1 December, 2pm
West Lothian College
Almondvale Cres
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 7EP

Last Updated: 28 November 2017 14:14

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