Books, Talks, Poetry Events.

Books, talks and poetry events. Glasgow has everything on offer for lovers of literature, including major book festivals, book launches, poetry slams and spoken word open mics.

Plenty to choose from with events showcasing new talent as well as acclaimed writers and poets.

Margaret Atwood – Live in Cinemas

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10 September, 2019 GFT On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over…. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The […]

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Glasgow Literary Lounge featuring Louise Malone on art plus Open Mic

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Tuesday, 23 July, 2019 7 p.m. The Calton Bar Artist Louise Malone will exhibit or screen some of her work and talk about painting, sculpture and making community murals. Speakeasy/open mic hosted by Jim Ferguson. 5-7 minute spots. First come, first served, as they say! If you want to read or perform please contact Contact […]

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Farzane Zamen in Concert

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Tuesday 23rd July, 2019 Door time: 6:30pm Start time: 7:00pm A Night of Multicultural Music and Poetry Farzane Zamen, Sawsan Al-Areeqe, Jen Fairgrieve GLASGOW: The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR Iranian singer-songwriter Farzane Zamen is joined by Yemeni poet and filmmaker Sawsan Al-Areeqe and local musician Jen Fairgrieve in a multi-cultural celebration of words and music. […]

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Gig Guide

Scottish PEN Writers In Exile review by Pat Byrne

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As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish PEN’s Writers In Exile committee presented a literary event at The Project Cafe´, Glasgow on 24 June, 2019; they brought together exiled writers and writers who are far from home.  Liz Niven chair of Scottish PEN’S Writers in Exile Committee was host  the participants were:  Samina Chaudry […]

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Start – Graham Morgan at Helensburgh Library

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An Evening with local author… Graham Morgan will read from his memoir Start – hosted by Robin Lloyd Jones at the Helensburgh Library, 59 W King St, Helensburgh G84 8EB Wednesday 24th July, 7 p.m. Free entry/refreshments  

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Book Launch: ‘The Sound of the Hours’ Karen Campbell

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Tuesday 16 July, 2019 7 p.m. Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow Launch of Karen Campbell’s new book The Sound of the Hours. Scottish writer Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, most recently The Sound of the Hours, Rise and This is Where I Am, all published by Bloomsbury Circus. Come and learn about Vita […]

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Book Launch: Something Like Happy – Sasha Greene

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25 July, 2019 at 6 p.m. Glasgow Women’s Library Sasha Greene celebrating the launch of her first novel by publishers One More Chapter. Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP T: 0141 550 2267 Buy Something Like Happy on Amazon @SashaGreeneAuth  

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Sunday, July 7, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

From Glasgow To Saturn Pride Edition Launch

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Thursday 1 August, 2019 – 7 p.m. Category is Books, 34 Allison Street, Glasgow G42 3NN From Glasgow to Saturn is a literary journal of poetry and prose from the University of Glasgow. In our debut ‘Pluto Edition’ zine we are proud to be featuring work from a sparkling selection of LGBTQ+ writers from the […]

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Friday, July 5, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Some Distant Day with Cheeky Besom Productions

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Sunday 30 June 2019 Jim Ferguson and Vincent Hunter’s short film-essay on Scottish culture and history CCA 7pm, Free (unticketed), Clubroom 18+ 0141 352 4900 Cheeky Besom Productions: ‘Artists with Attitude’ are cordially inviting you to an evening of birlin gallus watergaws and hope you’ll join us in causing a stromash. ‘Come and sing a […]

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Longlist for McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019

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THE 2019 MCILVANNEY PRIZE LONGLIST IS…   A Breath on Dying Embers, Denzil Meyrick (Polygon) A Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott (Transworld) All That’s Dead, Stuart MacBride (Harper Collins) All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew (Hodder) Breakers, Doug Johnstone (Orenda) Broken Ground, Val McDermid (Little, Brown) Conviction, Denise Mina (Vintage) Fallen Angel, Chris Brookmyre (Little, […]

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Friday, June 28, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Express Yourself – Poets at Tellit Slant

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Friday 28 June, 2019 starts 7 p.m. Tellit Slant Project Cafe, Renfrew Street, 134 Glasgow G3 6ST Christie Williamson is acting as guest curator. He’s not a natural organiser but seems to know a lot of very good poets. Line up includes: Stewart Alexander Sanderson Catherine Eunson Jim Carruth Dorothy Lawrenson Jelle Cauwenberghs Dave Watson […]

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An Afternoon of Fiction, Poetry and Performance

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Saturday 6 July, 2019. 1 – 5 p.m. An afternoon of fiction, poetry and performance in Finn’s Place. Fun, creating and ‘doing your own thing’ but performance is optional. With Linda Jackson. £15/£10 Finn’s Place, 167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Classes and Workshops, Writing

The Creative Process with Jacqueline Smith

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Tuesday 24 September, 2019 7 p.m. Glasgow Literary Lounge Cheeky Besom Productions, Calton Bar, 415 London Road, Glasgow G40 1AG Cheeky Besom Productions: ‘Artists With Attitude’ Presents the Glasgow Literary Lounge In Partnership With 100,000 Poets for Change. ‘The Only Constant is Change: Embracing the Creative Process’ with Jacqueline Smith The Glasgow Literary Lounge at […]

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

  An Evening with local author – Pat McIntosh   

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Wednesday 26th June, 2019 – 7 p.m. Pat McIntosh is a Scottish writer of historical mystery fiction and fantasy. Helensburgh Library, 59 W King St, Helensburgh G84 8EB Free entry/refreshments Books by Pat McIntosh on Amazon

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Scottish PEN’s Writers in Exile

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Monday ’24 June, 2019,  6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6ST What does home look like when you are writing far away, unable to return? As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish PEN’s Writers In Exile committee will bring together a range of exiled writers, or those […]

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Manaf Halbouni – Artist’s Talk Refugee Festival Scotland

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24 June, 2019 – 7 p.m. Scottish Youth Theatre,  Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow G1 1TF German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car. A conversation with Manaf Halbouni […]

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Friday, June 21, 2019 | Filed under: Art - what's on, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Interfest and Book Launch Garnethill Glasgow

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Saturday 22 June, 2019 12.00 – 15.00 by Central and West Integration Network Launch of a book created by Central and West Integration Network (CWIN) youth club, based on the life of Walter Tull and other characters. The book will be launched during the Interfest community event. Garnethill Multicultural Centre 21 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RE Interfest Garnethill on […]

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Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo and other stories at West End Festival

22 June, 2019 at 11 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. Families Programme – Headlining event  Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner  The Go-Away Bird, the Gruffalo and other stories Introducing the new collaboration with Catherine Rayner – The Go-Away Bird. Hunterian Museum, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Tickets from Eventbrite;   £5 for children, £10 […]

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A Place For The Work and The Human Being

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Thursday 20 June, 2019 6:00pm West End Festival  Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, 870 Garscube Road, G20 7EL £5 / student £3 / unemployed free Throughout 2019 the Common Guild present an ambitious series of talks that generates discussion around the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today.Jamie Fobert is a London-based architect and designer. Since establishing […]

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Aye Write! presents Jane Harper

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15th July 2019  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM Mitchell Theatre, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN Jane Harper worked as a journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and is the author of The Dry, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of the year. The Dry has been translated […]

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

West End Shop Fronts, Virtual Tour Kelvin Hall

(photo by Jim Byrne) Monday 17 June, 2019 6:30pm Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, G3 8AW Part of  West End Festival Free entry Iain Wotherspoon, Chairman of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, (Strathclyde Group) takes you on a virtual walk along the pavements of the West End to have a look at shops past and present. Some […]

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Monday, June 17, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, West End Festival Glasgow

Glasgow Botanic Gardens: 200 Years at West End Festival 2019

Thursday 13 June, 2019 6:30pm Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, G12 8AP Free entry Ewen Donaldson, General Manager, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, will present the prestigious 200-year history of the Botanic Gardens, from its inception in Sandyford to the current location in Kelvinside. Includes recent milestones such as refurbishment of the “Main Range” glasshouses, restoration of […]

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Dear Dinosaur: T Rex on Tour

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Saturday 8th June, 2019  11am Dear Dinosaur: T Rex on Tour with author Chae Strathie Kelvin Hall (Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre) 1445 Argyle Street, G3 8AW More ROARSOME fun for fans of Dear Dinosaur! When Max drops by the local museum to visit his dinosaur friends, they’re all gone! It seems that T. Rex, his dinosaur […]

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Get Your Scots Wirds Oot and Caa Awa!

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11 June, 2019 Glasgow Science Festival  University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical Building, Hugh Fraser Seminar Room, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ 11th June 13:00-13:50; 14:00-14:50 16+ Free Book tickets Bring your favourite Scots word to this interactive workshop on multilingual strands in Scots and learn how to uncover their histories using free online resources, with expert […]

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Glasgow Science Festival

Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art, Park Road, Glasgow

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Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art 56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF Email Telephone: 0141 334 3444 www.thistle-gallery.com Now in its third year, Thistle Gallery continues to offer its ever growing client base wonderful and affordable art from an eclectic range of Scottish Contemporary Artists. Carol Dunbar – Gallery Owner feature on glasgowwestend.co.uk Summer Time Summer […]

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Dan Richards Booked! Festival 2019 review Mary Irvine

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Dan Richards ‘Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the World’ Balloch Library Sunday 19th May 2019 This was my favourite event of this year’s festival. The great intrepid British explorer, risking life and limb to go where no man has gone before (or rarely, in this case) is not of a bygone age. […]

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Mary Irvine review: Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Booked! Festival

Booked! Festival Alexandria Library Friday, 17th May, 2019 Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Polly Clarke, born in Toronto, now domiciled in Helensburgh and London (where she does her writing on a houseboat) sashayed down the aisle in a stunning, single-tiger print dress which she later confided had been discovered on the Internet – a […]

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Taking Tea with a Trailblazer, NLS Kelvin Hall

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Wednesday 29th May, 2019 2pm – 3.30pm Storyteller Jan Bee Brown leads a celebration of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Scottish explorer and botanist Isobel Wylie Hutchison (1889-1982). Spending her childhood on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Isobel went on to take on solo travels across Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska. In this session, discover the stories of […]

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Friday, May 24, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Samina Chaudry at Avant Garde

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Monday 10 June, 2019 Linda Jackson hosts a special evening of music and readings featuring Samina Chaudry, winner of Next Chapter Award 2019, Scottish Book Trust. Also: Maggie Graham, Jim Ferguson and Sean McMenemy and Gordon Dickson on Saxaphone. Avant Garde,34-44 King St, Glasgow G1 5QT Starts 7.45 p.m. Food will be served 6.00 p.m. […]

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Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour, The Mitchell review Pat Byrne

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Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today It really is absolutely hellish: ‘We live in the world’s sixth-richest economy but one-fifth of us live in poverty’. Kerry Hudson. Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour isn’t your usual book launch – her book ‘Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today’, alongside tour events, aims to inform people about just what […]

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

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