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Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words, 8 – 20 May, 2017

booked 8 _ 20 May 2017

Monday 8 May to Saturday 20 May, 2017 ( 19:30 - 21:00 )

West Dunbartonshire Libraries Festival of Words

BOOKED! 2017 is West Dunbartonshire Libraries annual literature festival. It will run over two weeks from 8 May until 20 May 2017 . The festival includes a vibrant and diverse programme of talks and events by leading authors in local libraries throughout Dunbartonshire. 

With many highlights including:

Events in every High School. The launch of the Comic Invention exhibition with a talk from Dr. Mel Gibson. one of Britain’s leading academics on comics and graphic novels,

You will find a wide range of events with authors, poets, and singer-songwriters and this year’s line-up has something for everyone.

Booked! is delighted to welcome:

Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin, who will provide and inspiring opening to the festival at the Alastair Pearson Lecture. Amal is mbassador for The Scottish Refugee Council, and last year was named as a young outstanding woman of Scotland by both the Young Women’s Movement and the Saltire Society.                                                                                                                                                                  Monday, 8 May, 7.30 p.m. Gartocharn Millennium Centre, Church Rd, Gartocharn, Alexandria G83 8NF

Also in week one, Julian Glover explores the life of Thomas Telford.                                                  Tuesday, 9 May, 7.30 p.m. Clydebank Library, Dumbarton Rd, Clydebank G81 1XH

Emerging novelists Gail Honeyman and Polly Clark will be talking about their debut novels, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Larchfield.                                                                                           Wednesday, 10 May, 7.30 p.m. Alexandria Library,  Gilmour St, Alexandria G83 0DA

Sports journalist, Hugh Keevins will be chairing a panel featuring Old Firm legends Derek Johnstone and Murdo MacLeod.                                                                                                                                       Thursday, 11 May, 7.30 p.m. Faifley Library, Edinbarnet Campus, Craigpark St, Clydebank G81 5BS

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson  will be talking with Sunday Herald editor, Neil Mackay    Friday, 12 May, 7.30 p.m. Dumbarton Library, Strathleven Pl, Dumbarton G82 1BD

Award winning journalist Chitra Ramaswamy – talking about her amazing book 'Expecting – the inner life of pregnancy'                                                                                                                                 Wednesday, 17 May, 7.30p.m. Balloch Library, Carrochan Rd, Balloch G83 8BW

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Booked! has three treats to tempt those who love poetry, spoken word and song:

Ten Writers Telling Lies – a unique collaboration between a group of storytellers and poets with the singer-songwriter Jim Byrne.                                                                                                                       Saturday 13 May at 2.00 p.m. Dalmuir Library.10 Lennox Pl, Clydebank G81 4LX

The wonderful poet and electrifying performer Billy Letford.                                                               Tuesday, 16 May, 7.30 p.m. Duntocher Library, Glenhead CE Centre Duntiglennan Road Duntocher , Clydebank G81 6HF

Donny O'Rourke - Poetry Workshop 'Power-Lines'                                                                                Tuesday, 16 May, 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Alexandria Library, Gilmour St, Alexandria G83 0DA

Friday night Cabaret features renowned singer-songwriter Roddy Hart as well as local star, Sophie RogersKevin P Gilday comperes and performs accompanied by outstanding performance poets, Cat Hepburn and Leyla Josephine.                                                                                                                     Friday, 19 May, 7.30 p.m. Gartocharn Millennium Hall, Church Rd, Gartocharn, Alexandria G83 8NF

The finale event will welcome Stuart MacBride, crime fiction heavyweight presents his thriller 'A Dark so Deadly'                                                                                                                                                              Saturday 20 May, 7.30 p.m. Dumbarton Library.Strathleven Pl, Dumbarton G82 1BD

Download Booked Festival Brochure, 2017 (PDF)

All events are FREE to attend with exception of the Cabaret which has a £5 charge. 

 Programme of Events

Register for events and book tickets at Eventbrite

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