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.

Book Week Scotland, Autumn Voices

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21st Nov 2018  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow G3 7DN Scottish Writers over 70 talk about creativity in later life Scottish writers over 70 talk about creativity in later life. Featuring Bernard MacLaverty, Carl MacDougall, Sheila Templeton, Sally Evans, Vicky Feaver,  and chaired by Robin Lloyd-Jones. This Book Week Scotland event is in […]

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Monday, November 19, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp, Creative Conversations

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Monday 19 November 2018 – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Television Co-Writers Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Simon Carlyle (Boy Meets Girl, Benidorm, Bad Education) and Gregor Sharp (No Holds Bard, Piano Lessons, Fran’s People) are co-writers and creators of BBC […]

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

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Free & Open to the Public Autum / Winter 2018 University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Monday 19 November, 2018 Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp, Creative Conversations Liam McIlvanney, Novelist, Monday 12 October, 2018 Liam McIlvanney, Creative Conversations University of Glasgow PREVIOUS EVENTS Tawona Sithole, Poet and […]

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Kusama – Infinity, Glasgow Film Theatre

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20 – 22 November, 2018 This is the fascinating story of the queen of polka dots, Yayoi Kusama, one of the most popular artists in the world today. The film traces Kusama’s trajectory from a conservative upbringing in Japan to battling sexism and racism in 1960s NYC to her unstoppable rise to international fame. Glasgow […]

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Mark Kermode Book Tour at GFT, ‘How Does It Feel?’

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Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 8.00 p.m. ‘How Does It Feel? –  a life of musical misadventures Mark Kermode recounts his utterly foolhardy attempts to fulfill his dreams of becoming a pop star – from building an electric guitar from scratch while at school, to playing tea-chest bass on the kids TV show ‘Utterly Brilliant’, […]

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Breaking Boundaries, Bringing Translated Literature to Scotland

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Monday 19 November, 2018 The Project Cafe Hosted by Vagabond Voices The current political climate has been defined by border enforcement and wall-building, and geopolitical maps are being sliced and policed with little care for the individual lives affected by it. A similar trend is defining our reading habits: “translation makes up only 2.5% of […]

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Red Squirrel Press, Scottish Writers Centre

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Scottish Writers’ Centre Red Squirrel Press writers read from their recent work Tuesday 20 November 2018, 7 p.m. 7pm, Free (unticketed), Clubroom 18+ 0141 352 4900 Red Squirrel Press invites you to join them in supporting new writing with the launch of three new publications from writers Charlie Gracie, Shelley Day, Colin Will and Lisa […]

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Word Jazzology, Partickhill Bowling and Community Club

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WORD JAZZOLOGY! Friday, 23 November, 2018 at 8pm. Cabaret collision of French-style jazz, comedy, poetry and literature with bar. Stand up Ian Macpherson, winner of the first Time Out Award for Comedy, is joined by chanteuse Christine Bovill, winner of Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe and Le Jazz Band, along with […]

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Remembering Glasgow’s Forgotten Women

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Wednesday 12 December, 2018 – 6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Maryhill Burgh Halls, 24 Gairbraid Ave, Glasgow G20 8YE Hosted by Women’s Support Project You are invited to an informal evening looking at the history behind the “Glasgow System” – a time in our city’s history which saw the collusion of the church, local authorities, […]

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Book Week Scotland 2018

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19 – 25 November, 2018 During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. The celebration will include Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators with a fabulous programme of events and projects Full details. Some […]

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Liam McIlvanney, Creative Conversations University of Glasgow

Monday 12 November 2018, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Novelist Liam McIlvanney University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Liam McIlvanney’s first book, Burns the Radical, won a Saltire Award. His novels include All the Colours of the Town, Where the Dead Men Go (winner of the 2014 […]

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Glasgow Scribes (calligraphy).

The Glasgow Scribes are a calligraphy hobby group which meets in Glasgow Caledonian University Members come from in and around the Glasgow area and join the group to develop their calligraphy skills, meet fellow calligraphers and to share ideas. Contact Details Email: glasgowscribes@yahoo.co.uk Phone – 07895-935106 Twitter – @glasgowscribes www.glasgowscribes.blogspot.com

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Book Week Scotland: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary GFT

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25 November, 2018, 5.50 p.m. Major feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin paved the way for women and other marginalised writers. Best known for the Earthsea chronicles, her pioneering books examine society through the lens of science fiction and fantasy, as she staked her claim in traditionally male-dominated literary genres. This National Endowment for the Arts and Kickstarterfunded documentary features interviews with world-renowned writers […]

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Book Week Scotland 2018 – Events at Arlington Baths Club

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Book Week Scotland runs from 19 – 25 November. Arlington Baths Club invites you to come along and enjoy a range of literary events in the fascinating surroundings of Glasgow’s first bath’s club founded in 1870. Mongol: a journey from loss and prejudice to belonging Monday 19 November, 7pm Travel from Mongolia to Scotland with […]

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Poetry at Inn Deep with Cat Hepburn

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20 November, 2018 8 p.m. Inn Deep, 334 Great Western Road, G12 Cat Hepburn is an award-winning script writer, spoken word artist and educator based in Glasgow. Her first poetry collection #GIRLHOOD, published by Speculative Books, will be launched at Inn Deep on the 20th of November. Along with a full set from Cat, we’ll also […]

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Book Week Scotland: Denise Mina and Liam McIlvaney

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20 November, 2018, 6.30 p.m. The Mitchell Library Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear these two award-winning crime writers discussing their latest novels, which use true-life cases (Peter Manuel and Bible John) as their inspiration. If you’re a crime story fan, this is the event for you! Book your place If you have any […]

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Friday, November 9, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Scottish Pen: The Day of the Imprisoned Writer

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Thursday 15th November, 2018 Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP Scottish Pen are marking 15th November, the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, by promoting literary culture, celebrating the freedom to write, and calling for justice and freedom for persecuted, imprisoned and murdered writers across the world. There are events at Scottish Parliament that all can join. Evening Reading […]

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Catriona Malan – Meet the Author at Fruin Farm

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Thursday,15th November, 2018 10.30a.m (prompt) – 11.30 (ish) a.m. Catriona Malan, multi award winner including her latest, the James Muir Trophy for her Poem ‘Ghia’.Catriona knew Jim well so was especially pleased with this trophy. Catriona will be interviewed about her life and work. Be prepared for a few surprises. Fruin Farm, Glen Fruin, Nr […]

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Mary Irvine: Scottish Writers Centre Comes Home

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A full house, good poetry and prose speakers, an interesting discussion (with a revelation) and a very entertaining and talented singer. All in one evening and all for free! The event was a celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead organised by Dove Tales in which the courage of conscientious objectors was honoured in […]

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

‘Neither Oil Nor Water’ book launch Jim Ferguson

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6 December, 2018, 7.00 p.m. The Clutha Bar Dr Jim Ferguson will read extracts from his new novel ‘Neither Oil nor Water’ published by Cloch0derick Press. Poets Tracy Patrick and Cee Smith will perform their poetry. Book signing. The Clutha Bar, 167 – 169 Stockwell Street, Glasgow G1 4SP Event on Facebook

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Christmas in Glasgow

Gail Honeyman, Creative Conversations

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NOVELIST GAIL HONEYMAN (EVENT CANCELLED) Next Week Liam McIlvanney. 12 November. Creative Conversations Monday 5 November 2018 – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University Memorial Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Her debut novel Eleanor Oliphant […]

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Women’s Voices in Culture and Politics in Cuba CCA

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8 November, 2018 – 7 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD with @havanaglasgow filmfest **FREE** Women’s Forum: Women’s Voices in Culture and Politics in Cuba and Scotland 2018 (15+), in collaboration with Edinburgh University, followed by informal discussion and refreshments. Screening of a 30 minute documentary about women’s lives in Cuba today, followed […]

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Thursday, November 1, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Scottish Writers Centre, Day of the Dead

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Tuesday, 6 November, 2018 – 7 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Dove Tales will be celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead by honouring the courage of conscientious objectors. Larry Butler will be talking to Robin Lloyd-Jones about his own experience during the time of the Vietnam War, when he helped many […]

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Book Week Scotland: In Conversation with Graeme Macrae Burnet, GOMA

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22 November, 2018 – 6 p.m. Award-winning author Graeme Macrae Burnet at the Library @ GoMA! One of Scotland’s brightest literary talents, Graeme will discuss his novels and share his experiences of the writing process. Library at GoMA, Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH Free (unticketed) If you have any questions or for more information, please […]

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Book Week Scotland, Stuart Cosgrove, Motherwell Library

Tuesday 20 November, 2018 at 7 p.m. Motherwell Library, 35 Hamilton Rd, Motherwell ML1 3BZ Well-known Scottish TV & Radio star Stuart Cosgrove (@Detroit67Book) is visiting #MotherwellLib for #BookWeekScotland to discuss his Soul Trilogy. Will be high demand for places so please book in advance. Call 01698 332626. Book Week Scotland 19th – 25th November, 2018 […]

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Book Week Scotland: Glasgow’s Jewish Rebels

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22 November, 2018 – 5.30 p.m. The Gorbals was the centre of Jewish life in Glasgow – crowded, radical and full of activity. Come and learn about this fascinating piece of Scottish history through songs, poetry, and stories of early twentieth century Jewish life. All welcome Moir / Dyer Room, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 […]

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Celebrate John Maclean Centenary / Living Rent Benefit at Stereo

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Saturday 1 December, 2018 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the Centenary of great John Maclean coming home to the Clyde! Featuring JAMES KELMAN | HEIR OF THE CURSED | DECLAN WELSH and more Stereo Cafe/Bar, Renfield Lane, G6 A party to mark 100 years since John Maclean returned to Glasgow. Having suffered imprisonment, hard labour and […]

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Monday, October 29, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

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 ‘Unwrapped’ Show 3 […]

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Tawona Sithole, Poet and Musician at Creative Conversations

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Monday 29 October 2018 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Creative Conversations University of Glasgow Memorial, Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Tawona Sithole is from Zimbabwe, born to a large family with strong traditional roots. The moral values of his ancestral family, Moyo Chirandu, passed down from his […]

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Writers for Peace, Project Cafe

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Various Moons Tuesday 23 October, 2018 Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6ST Continuing this series on the theme of peace. Three writers and one musician from across Scotland come together to read and perform about peace – how we might make it, what it might look like, and how we can work for […]

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Monday, October 22, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

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