Aye Write 2017: Introducing Debut Writers
Apart from all the popular established authors in the Aye Write Programme you can find new authors destined to be the big names of the future.
It’s always fun discovering new writers. You will be fascinated hearing about their experience writing their debut books as they are introduced well known authors.
Aye Write Introduces includes:
18th Mar 2017 • 1:15PM – 2:15PM • Mitchell Library
Professor of creative writing at Glasgow University Louise Welsh introducing Polly Clark and Sarah Day.
In our next session of debuts we are so pleased that award-winning novelist and Professor of creative writing at Glasgow University Louise Welsh will be introducing these two wonderful novels. Set in Helensburgh, Polly Clark’s Larchfield is a beautiful and haunting novel about heroism – the unusual bravery that allows unusual people to go on living; to transcend banality and suffering with the power of their imagination. In Sarah Day’s Mussolini’s Island, it is 1939 and a group of gay and bisexual men are rounded up and imprisoned on a tiny Italian island, their lives changed forever. Based on a true story the novel is seductive, moving and full of insight into the desperate acts committed by individuals when fighting for their lives.
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Peggy Hughes Introduces… Rory Gleeson & EM Reapy
18th Mar 2017 • 8:15PM – 9:15PM • Mitchell Library G3 7ND
This event brings together Rory Gleeson and EM Reapy with a pair of impressive Irish debuts introduced by Peggy Hughes of Literary Dundee.
This event brings together a pair of fantastically impressive Irish debuts introduced by Peggy Hughes of Literary Dundee. Honest, moving and human, Rory Gleeson’s Rockadoon Shore is a novel about friendship and youth, about missed opportunities and lost love, and about the realities of growing up and growing old in modern-day Ireland. Highly energetic and tensely humorous, it heralds a new and exciting voice in contemporary Irish fiction. In EM Reapy’s Red Dirt, three young Irish migrants flee the collapse of their country’s economy. In the heat and endless spaces of Australia they try to escape their past, but impulsive cruelty, shame and guilt drag them down, and it is easy to make terrible choices.
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Jim Carruth Introduces… Adam O’Riordan & Rachael Boast
The Glasgow Poet Laureate Jim Carruth introducs two prize winning poets.
The Glasgow Poet Laureate Jim Carruth will introduce two prize winning poets in this session. The poems in Adam O’Riordan’s second collection A Herring Famine are of contradictory impulses: of abundance and famine, of absence and presence, of endings and new beginnings. Bounding place and time, and urging into being both the living and the dead, this remarkable and crystalline collection captures the struggle, folly and wonder of the human heart. Void Studies, Rachel Boast’s extraordinary new collection, realizes a project that the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud had proposed, but never written. It is an airy and beautiful book, one in which Boast has spun a pure music to both ask and answer the most profound questions poetry can frame.
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9th Mar 2017 • 6:00PM – 7:00PM • Mitchell Library
Chris Brookmyre introduces two addictive new crime writers, Daniel Cole and Helen Fields.
We are continuing our tradition of having established authors introduce the work of debut writers that we think will become big names of the future and Chris Brookmyre kicks of this year’s sessions with two addictive new crime writers. Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll has one of those high concept plots that you just know will have film producers beating a path to his door. A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, leading to a dark and twisting tale that becomes the first case for detectives Wolf and Baxter. Perfect Remains by Helen Fields introduces Detective Inspector Luc Callanach, recently re-located to Scotland from Interpol. He is drawn into a race against the clock as a series of successful women are abducted and must journey into the mind of a troubled individual.
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Rosemary Goring Introduces… Hannah Kohler & Nadim Safdar
11th Mar 2017 • 6:30PM – 7:30PM • Mitchell Library, G3 7ND
Literary editor and novelist Rosemary Goring will introduce two debut novels that perfectly mix the personal and the political.
Literary editor and novelist Rosemary Goring will introduce two debut novels that perfectly mix the personal and the political. The Outside Lands by Hannah Kohler is the story of people caught in the slipstream of history. It is 1968, the conflict in Vietnam is at its height, and with the anti-war movement raging at home, Jeannie and her brother Kip are swept along by events larger than themselves, driven by disillusionment to commit unforgiveable acts of betrayal that will leave permanent scars.
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11th Mar 2017 • 3:00PM – 4:00PM • Mitchell Library, G3 7ND
Journalist, author, and BBC Scotland presenter Vic Galloway will be talking to David and Karl about their debut novels.
Journalist, author, and BBC Scotland presenter Vic Galloway will be talking to David and Karl about their debut novels. This Is Memorial Device is a love letter to the small towns of Lanarkshire in the late 1970s and early 80s as they were temporarily transformed by the endless possibilities that came out of the freefall from punk rock. It follows a cast of misfits, drop-outs, small town visionaries and would-be artists. Unfolding in the sea-bright, rain-soaked Dublin of early spring, Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary is a beautiful, cinematic novel about desire, longing, grief, hope and the things that remain unspoken. It is about how deeply we can connect with one another, and the choices we must also make alone.
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Alan Bissett Introduces… Luke Kennard & Katie Khan
12th Mar 2017 • 1:15PM – 2:15PM • Mitchell Library G3 7ND
Novelist and playwright Alan Bissett will be talking to Luke and Katie about their terrifically imaginative debut novels.
Novelist and playwright Alan Bissett will be talking to Luke and Katie about their terrifically imaginative debut novels. In Luke Kennard’s The Transition young adults spend six months living under the supervision of two successful adults of a slightly older generation. Freed from their financial responsibilities, they are coached through Employment, Nutrition, Responsibility, Relationship, Finances and Self-Respect. Only then are they reintegrated into adult society. In Katie Khan’s Hold Back the Stars Carys and Max are adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other. They can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return. In a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it?
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