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.

Aye Write! 2018 Jackie Kay – Bantam

jackie kay

17th Mar 2018  •  4:45PM – 5:45PM Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Jackie Kay discusses what connects us, and laments what divides us. Jackie Kay’s first collection as Scottish Makar is a book about the fighting spirit – one that Jackie argues we need now more than ever. Bantam crosses borders, from Rannoch […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 Jackie Kay – Bantam

Aye Write! 208 Louise Welsh Introduces Laura Carlin & Imogen Hermes Gowar

laura carlin imogen hermes gowar louise welsh

17 March, 2018 4.45 p.m. Mitchell Library, North Street,  Glasgow G3 7DN Continuing Aye Write’s tradition of established writers introducing a pair of debut authors, Professor of Creative Writing and author of No Dominion, Louise Welsh introducing: Laura Carlin & Imogen Hermes Gowar. Laura Carlin The Wicked Cometh – In the murky alleyways of London, […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 208 Louise Welsh Introduces Laura Carlin & Imogen Hermes Gowar

Aye Write! 2018 Celebration of writing from community-based literacy and creative learners

aye write beige

16th March, 2018 2018 •  1:00PM – 2:30PM Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Learners from across the city come together to share their writing on a range of themes. Come along to this lively event where community-based adult literacy and creative learners from across the city come together to share their writing on […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 Celebration of writing from community-based literacy and creative learners

Graeme Macrae Burnet Aye Write! 2018

g accident

25th March 2018 •  3:00PM – 4:00PM Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN of The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau as well as the Man Booker shortlisted His Bloody Project. There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has […]

Read the full article: Graeme Macrae Burnet Aye Write! 2018

Poet JL Williams – Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

poet jl williams

 ‌Monday 22 January, 2018 1 – 2 PM University Chapel Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ JL Williams was born in New Jersey and studied at Wellesley College and on the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Her poetry […]

Read the full article: Poet JL Williams – Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

Cinemaattic presents Psiconautas + Q&A at CCA, Glasgow

psiconauas

Cinemaattic presents Psiconautas + Q&A</21> Fri 26 January 2018 8pm (doors 7.30pm), £6 (£5) + £1 booking fee, Cinema 15+ Book online / 0141 352 4900 Guerrilla film collective Cinemaattic presents the special screening of Psiconautas, first feature by renowned Animator Alberto Vazquez. A night of post punk animation full of ecologist criticism. Alberto will be […]

Read the full article: Cinemaattic presents Psiconautas + Q&A at CCA, Glasgow

Muriel Spark 100: Appointment in Arezzo, National Library, Edinburgh

m s alan taylor image

Muriel Spark 100: Appointment in Arezzo Tuesday 30 January, 2018 6pm Alan Taylor first met Muriel Spark in 1990 when he interviewed her for a press feature, and a long lasting bond was formed. Join him as he discusses his friendship with Muriel Spark as shared in his colourful, surprising and admiring memoir, Appointment in Arezzo. […]

Read the full article: Muriel Spark 100: Appointment in Arezzo, National Library, Edinburgh

Aye Write! 2018 David Wardell and Finn the fabulous police dog 18 March, 2018

fabulous finn

18th Mar 2018 •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Dave Wardell’s heartfelt memoir charts an incredible journey of friendship and loyalty. It is a celebration of the bond between one man and his dog. In October 2016, PC Dave Wardell and his dog, PD Finn, were trying to apprehend a robbery suspect. […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 David Wardell and Finn the fabulous police dog 18 March, 2018

Spangled Cabaret 10 BirthdayParty, Rio Pop Up

spangledcabart 10 birthdy

Monday,  5 February,2018 8 p.m. – 12.00 a.m. Celebrating 10 years of monthly alternative variety! Celebrating the geeks/freaks/uniques! Celebrating the acts that are impossible to pigeonhole! Come join us at a brand new venue for a night like no other! Featuring: MARKEE DE SAW & BERT FINKLE MISS LEGGY PEE THE GREAT AZIZ KIM KHAOS […]

Read the full article: Spangled Cabaret 10 BirthdayParty, Rio Pop Up

St Mungo Mirrorball Showcase, CCA, 1 February, 2018

Michael-longley-adz7

Mirrorball showcase, in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library, features Michael Longley reading alongside Rishi Dastidar, James McGonigal and Ciara MacLaverty. The event is on February 1st,2018 at 7pm in the clubroom of the CCA, free to members, guests £7/£4. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G 3JD The multi-award winning Irish poet Michael Longley makes a rare visit to Glasgow reading along side rising stars Rishi […]

Read the full article: St Mungo Mirrorball Showcase, CCA, 1 February, 2018

Aye Write! 2018 Alan Taylor, Candia McWilliam, Zoe Strachan Muriel Spark: A Centenary Celebration

alan taylor aye write

17th Mar 2018  •  3:00PM – 4:00PM  •  Mitchell Library,North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Alan will be joined by Candia McWilliam and Zoe Strachan, two novelists who have written new forewords to brand new editions of Muriel’s classic novels Appointment in Arezzo is Alan Taylor’s fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 Alan Taylor, Candia McWilliam, Zoe Strachan Muriel Spark: A Centenary Celebration

Aye Write! 2018 Writing the ‘Magical’ Masterclass with Kirsty Logan

writing the magical masterclass.

‘Writing the Magical’ Masterclass with Kirsty Logan 21st Mar 2018  •  5:30PM – 7:00PM  •  Mitchell Library,  North St, Glasgow G3 7DN Join novelist & short story writer Kirsty Logan for a masterclass that looks at writing fiction with a magical/fairy tale slant Join novelist and short story writer Kirsty Logan for a masterclass that looks […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 Writing the ‘Magical’ Masterclass with Kirsty Logan

Aye Write! 2018 Stuart Cosgrove, Memphis 68

s cosgrove

16th Mar 2018  •  6:00PM – 7:00PM  •  Glasgow University University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Stuart Cosgrove will be talking about how the impact of this momentous year and the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King is still felt 50 years later. In the […]

Read the full article: Aye Write! 2018 Stuart Cosgrove, Memphis 68

Tune in to the story of Scotland’s Radio with Tony Currie at Glasgow Art Club

Tony Currie on the radio

29 March, 2018 Glasgow Art Club, 185 Hope Street Glasgow G2 4 HU Tune in and hear over a hundred years of Scotland’s radio history from morse code to digital broadcasting. The sounds of forgotten stations, programmes and people, beamed into Scottish homes. Beginning in Machrihanish in 1905, we’ll recall Glasgow’s competitive commercial radio scene […]

Read the full article: Tune in to the story of Scotland’s Radio with Tony Currie at Glasgow Art Club

Oxfam Bookshop Byres Road Book Group

oxfam book group

The book group at Oxfam Bookshop in Byres Road is back for 2018! Go along and discuss some great books every month, it’s free to join and everyone is welcome. Check out our events page for more details or pick up a reading list at the bookshop. Full details including dates and the books on […]

Read the full article: Oxfam Bookshop Byres Road Book Group

Sonnet Youth, The Drygate

sonnet youth drygate 17 jan

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 Sonnet Youth is a spoken word house party. A literary rave. A real life piss up in a brewery – bringing together poets, authors, rappers, comedians and musicians for a night of no holds barred performances. Curated and hosted by Kevin P. Gilday – Writer & Spoken Word Artist and Cat […]

Read the full article: Sonnet Youth, The Drygate

Talk on Gaza, University of Glasgow, 23 January, 2018

glasgow uni palestine society

The Glasgow University Palestine Society invites you to a talk and discussion on the Gaza Strip. Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Guest speaker and PhD student Sharif Rateb Alaydi from Gaza City will discuss his own experiences in living under Israeli siege and the restrictions in mobility of Palestinians travelling in […]

Read the full article: Talk on Gaza, University of Glasgow, 23 January, 2018

Ruby Wax at Aye Write! 2018

ruby wax aye write

‘How To Be Human’ 10 February, 2018  – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Royal Concert Hall,2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY Aye Write! 2018 kicks off with a ‘welcome back’ to Glasgow for Ruby Wax; actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author with the follow-up to her No.1 Best-seller, Frazzled. ‘In How to Be Human: […]

Read the full article: Ruby Wax at Aye Write! 2018

Creative Conversations, Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary

sanjeeve kohli and donald mcleary

Writers and Comedians Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary With host Louise Welsh Monday 15 January 1 – 2 PM University Chapel University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary are the writers behind the award-winning Radio Comedy Fags, […]

Read the full article: Creative Conversations, Sanjeev Kohli and Donald McLeary

Tom Hubbard, Ten Slavonic Dances, Scottish Writers’ Centre

tom hubbard

Ten Feet Tall: Celebrating 10 Years of Contributions to Arts & Culture Tuesday, 16 January, 2018 7 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Tom Hubbard will be performing short extracts from his book of three short stories / novellas Slavonic Dances, (2017) together with a selection of poems / translations relating to east-central […]

Read the full article: Tom Hubbard, Ten Slavonic Dances, Scottish Writers’ Centre

Anne Donovan,Creative Conversations

AnneDonovan-copy-2-259x300

Monday, 8 January, 2018 University of Glasgow Chapel, 1  p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Anne Donovan is the author of the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and other Stories (2001), and the novels, Buddha Da (2003), Being Emily (2008) and Gone Are The Leaves (2014), all published by […]

Read the full article: Anne Donovan,Creative Conversations

Friday, January 5, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Martin Stewart’s The Sacrifice Box Waterstones Sauchiehall Street

the sacrifice box

10 January, 2018 6.30 – 8 p.m. Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW An atmospheric, chilling page turner from rising star Martin Stewart, reminiscent of Stand by Me and Stranger Things.Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in […]

Read the full article: Martin Stewart’s The Sacrifice Box Waterstones Sauchiehall Street

Therapeutic Creative Writing Workshop, Paisley

creative writing

10 January, 2018 – 7 p.m. St Matthews Church,Gordon St, Paisley PA1 1XL Bring in the New Year by welcoming writer Ricky Brown who will be leading a workshop exploring the theme of Changes. References to David Bowie may also be included! Writing time, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Fun and much more guaranteed. Here is a […]

Read the full article: Therapeutic Creative Writing Workshop, Paisley

Peter May, Aye Write

Peter May – I’ll Keep You Safe 16th Jan 2018  •  6:30PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library From Peter May, the globally bestselling author of the Lewis Trilogy and Coffin Road, comes an explosive new thriller set between the UK and Europe – I’ll Keep You Safe. Husband and wife, Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane have […]

Read the full article: Peter May, Aye Write

Burns Night at Cottiers

burns night cottiers. jpg

26th January, 2018 Celebrate our country’s national poet Robert Burns at Cottiers. A night of Scottish food, drink, music and poetry on the 26th of January 🥃🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 End the night with a Robert Graham Cigar which you can enjoy on our heated patio! Tickets are £49.95! To book or for further enquiries please email erin@cottiers.com or […]

Read the full article: Burns Night at Cottiers

Scottish Witches – Pop Up Display Mitchell Library

scottish witches pop up display

16 January, 2018 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. If you liked Harry Potter: A History of Magic, you’ll love this intriguing pop-up display featuring items from Special Collections which shed light on the Scottish witch trials in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.  In the Let’s Talk Space. The Mitchell Library, North Street, G3 7DN […]

Read the full article: Scottish Witches – Pop Up Display Mitchell Library

Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

university of glasgow

Poet JL Williams 22 January, 2018 1 p.m. Free and all welcome. JL Williams was born in New Jersey and studied at Wellesley College and on the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Her poetry has been published in journals including The Compass, Magma, Edinburgh Review, Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Shearsman, Fulcrum and […]

Read the full article: Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

This is not a Burns Night – Govanhill Baths

govanhill baths this is not a burns night

25 January, 2018 Govanhill Baths Community Trust, , 44 Calder Street, G42 7RA No ritual, no haggis, just poetry. Govanhill Baths’ annual Burns night features Magi Gibson, Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, Marc Sherland, Finola Scott and Angie Strachan Event on Facebook Buy tickets online

Read the full article: This is not a Burns Night – Govanhill Baths

Vahni Capildeo at Creative Conversations review by Pat Byrne

vahni capildeo

4 December, 2017 It was a pleasure to see Vahni Capildeo back at University of Glasgow, performing at Creative Conversations. Vahni is a poet and prose writer from Trinidad, who now lives near Edinburgh. A few years back she taught for a spell on the M.Litt Creative Writing Course at Glasgow.  I was lucky enough […]

Read the full article: Vahni Capildeo at Creative Conversations review by Pat Byrne

jackie kay

Copyright Glasgow Westend 2009 thru 2017

Contact Pat's Guide to Glasgow West End | About Pat Byrne | Privacy Policy | Design by Jim Byrne Website Design