The Culture of Encounter

We have helped release a new toolkit for Culture of Encounter - a Year of Conversation, Voluntary Arts Scotland, the Scottish Library & Information Council and the Scottish Book Trust project involving libraries in the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the West of Scotland. MORE

Curious Goings On In Wigtown

There were as many questions as answers in Wigtown on Saturday 8 June, as the Book Town joined forces with the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in its 20th anniversary year to celebrate A Day of Curiosity, part of the ongoing Year of Conversation. MORE


On Moat Brae - Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling - and the importance of the 'crucial intervention'. MORE

BookBug's Big Picnic

This week is BOOKBUG! If you're going on The Big Picnic we've got some Sparks for all ages to help with the conversations. MORE

Conversation and Childhood

It's the Scottish Book Trust's Bookbug Week and we'd like to remember that Bookbug is not just for children. Here is the first of two reflections by one of our finest writers on conversation and childhood, Christine de Luca. MORE

Conversing with a Town

As the conversation opener in our thread on Conversation and Place, Matt Baker of The Stove Network writes about the Stove's conversing with the town of Dumfries, describing a practice that is transferable wherever there is the will to engage. MORE

Solitary Translation and Multiple Conversations

Richard Price is one our most innovative and ambitious poets. He is also one of the most reflective regarding issues surrounding translation. This piece is part of our on-going engagement with Translation as Conversation. MORE

New articles in AYOC2019 'Conversations'

One of the themes of the year, Translation as Conversation, is being supported by Books from Scotland, which is running a series of articles over the year relating to this idea. MORE

A Day of Conversation - 11 May 2019.

We are delighted to announce that A Year of Conversation and its partner, Voluntary Arts Scotland will be supported by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) for A Day of Conversation 2019 MORE

A Year of Conversation 2019 at StAnza

StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival, takes place in St Andrews from 6 to 10 March. A whole range of writers, from slammers to concrete poets, are taking part, travelling from as far afield as Canada, Hungary, Germany and many more. There are a number of A Year of Conversation 2019 events within the programme, many of which relate to one of our core themes . . . translation as conversation. MORE


A Year of Conversation will be hosting our first Twitter Chat on Wednesday 13th February 9-10pm. We'd love you to join us. MORE

What is a 'conversation event'?

Anyone can get involved in A Year of Conversation and host an event. You could be a multi-venue city-wide festival or a primary school class. You might want to go digital and utilise a global social media platform or maybe you prefer a convivial dinner with friends in your flat. A Year of Conversation Creative Director, Tom Pow, shares his thoughts on what makes a 'conversation event'. MORE

Welcome to A Year of Conversation

A Welcome Message from A Year of Conversation Founder and Creative Director, Tom Pow. MORE