The Open University (OU) engages with people across Scotland and the world.
The OU is supporting events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2021 with authors Douglas Stuart, Denise Mina, Kei Miller and Emma Dabiri and Carol Ann Duffy.
There is a wide range of free online learning to explore on the OU’s free learning site OpenLearn, including a ‘Skills for Life’ collection, a ‘Race & Ethnicity Hub’ and the short courses ‘Start Writing Fiction’ and ‘Writing What You Know’.
At the OU in Scotland no qualifications are required for most formal OU modules and if your personal income is less than £25k, you might be eligible to study for free with a part-time fee grant.
Find out more at www.open.ac.uk/scotland.
Having recently been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, it is no wonder that many people, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, are reaching for a copy of Shuggie Bain. Douglas Stuart has written this powerful debut novel drawing on his own life experiences.
Set in 1980s Glasgow, which seems to be unravelling under the weight of its own identity crisis, families struggle with unemployment, crushing poverty, and the waves of addiction that are engulfing much of the city. It is a book of both sadness and beauty, a chronicle of memorable characters, their defiance and hope in the face of the grim realities of life and survival.