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.

Tidelines Book Festival 2018, Irvine, Scotland

27 – 30 September,2018 TIDELINES BOOK FESTIVAL Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour Street, Irvine, KA12 8PZ After a very successful festival in 2017 – Tidelines is all set to go again in 2018 with an amazing line up of authors covering a wide range of genres and events including writing workshops. A Taste of Tidelines […]

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The Sma Shot 2018 Paisley Town Hall

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The 4th annual Sma’ Shot Slam Saturday 7 July, 2018,  7 – 10p.m. Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF Hosted by Shaun Moore. The poetry night with a difference, held on the evening of Paisley’s historic workers’ day, part of the wider Weave Festival. Hear and see some of Scotland’s best performance poets […]

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The Backstreets of Purgatory, Waterstones Byres Road

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Book Launch Thursday, 19 July, 2018 Waterstones, 351-355 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU

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Encounter No 1 by Sogol Mabadi and Emma Helen Reid

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Exhibition open: Fri 13 July – Sun 29 July – 12 – 6pm Open Thursdays to Sundays. The Pipe Factory, 42 Bain Street, G40 2LA Encounter no. 1 is a joint endeavour by Sogol Mabadi and Emma Helen Reid and is intended to be the first of many collaborations. The project was selected as part […]

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Word Jazzology hosted by Magi Gibson, Babbity Bowsters, Glasgow

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5 July, 2018 Where literature, comedy and music collide Q: what happens when you put a chanteuse, a comedy writer, a jazz guitarist and his music mates, a novelist and a poet in the upstairs room of a Glasgow bar? A: word jazzology with Ian Macpherson – holding it all together. Or not. Sigh. Christine […]

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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 Looking Out to […]

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Spotlight on Cinemas – West End Festival 2018

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Monday, 25 June, 20128 – 6.30 p.m.  Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, G12 8AP Gordon Barr, co-founder of www.scottishcinemas.org highlights the architectural history of cinema, including converted roller-skating rinks, the earliest purpose-built halls, and the peculiarly Scottish ‘back court’ theatres, with a focus on the West End of Glasgow, which has long been famous for […]

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Friday, June 22, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema, West End Festival Glasgow

The 5th Annual Champipunship, OranMor

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Tuesday, 10 July, 2018 7 p.m. OranMor, Top of Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8QX The Annual Champipunship is back! Eight competitors are raring to go. The house band- The Pun Lovin’ Criminals are getting ready to bring a whole new host of pun based songs. Also going to be doing a big charity raffle. It’s […]

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Cindigo, Poets at West End Festival

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30 June, 2018  2.30 p.m. – 4.30p.m. Hillhead Library, 348  Byres Road, G12 8AP Stuart Paterson is looking forward to being part of this Glasgow West End Festival event – 5 poets from the Cinnamon and Indigo Dreams publishing houses performing together in the sumptuous surroundings of Hillhead Library. ‘I will, of course, be giein […]

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Explore Wellspring Writing, Laura T. Fyfe, Scottish Writers

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Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD If you’re feeling creatively or motivationally challenged, The Scottish Writers Centre has just the cure for you this June. Ignite your imagination and fire up your creative cylinders with a session from award-winning writer, tutor, publisher and professional nag, Laura T Fyfe. In an unpretentious, […]

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Monday, June 18, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Classes and Workshops

Kittlin and the Carlton 3, West End Festival

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Thursday 21 June 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Kelvinside Hillhead Church, Saltoun Street, Observatory Road Glasgow G12 9AG Event on Facebook www.westendfestival.co.uk

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Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Calum Gardner, SWG3 Poetry Club

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Tuesday 19 June 2018, 19:00 – 21:30 Dodie Bellamy writes genre-bending works that focus on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, essay, and poetry. Her most recent collection is When the Sick Rule the World, from Semiotext(e). Her chapbook, The Beating of Our Hearts, was published in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin […]

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Bloody Scotland, 2018

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21 – 23 September, 2018 Stirling Bloody Scotland has established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival. It all started in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new […]

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The Art of Words, Thistle Gallery, 14 June, 2018

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Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art 56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF Email Telephone: 0141 334 3444 www.thistle-gallery.com Thursday, June 14th, 2018 – 7 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. Wine / Raffle/ Canapes  – Tickets £15 Part of West End Festival Well known and much loved author Carl MacDougall (Someone Always Robs […]

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Beyond Boundaries, Festival 2018, Call For Poems

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Beyond Boundaries Festival 2018, the cultural and arts programme that will run as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, is supporting a call for poems responding to ‘Beyond Boundaries’. These could be inspired by the idea of overcoming obstacles and striving towards a goal, or by the concept of uniting in our differences and celebrating our […]

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Examination Paper, Creative Writing Event/Installation, Scotland Street School

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Friday, June 22nd, 2018,  2 – 4 p.m. Come along and take part in a mock exam – forming part of a future exhibition. To book your space and for more information email: rhonamillar@ymail.com Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to […]

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Launch of Autumn Voices 2018

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PLAYSPACE PUBLICATIONS INVITE YOU TO THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK ‘AUTUMN VOICES’ Autumn Voices: Scottish writers over 70 talk about creativity in later life. Edited by Robin Lloyd-Jones, (PlaySpace Publications, £12.99) EDINBURGH:Thursday 21 June, Blackwell’s Bookshop, 52-63 South Bridge, EH1 1YS,6.00-7.30 pm GLASGOW Thursday 28th June, Waterstones, 351-355 Byres Road, G12 8AU, 7.30-9.00 pm There […]

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

‘Growing and Dying’ Tribute to Janet Paisley, Event at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street

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Thursday, 7th June, 2018, 7 p.m. Waterstones, 153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW The event is free but please call Waterstones to book 0141 332 9105. With Tom Leonard, Alan Riach, Anne Donovan and Janice Galloway. Other readers include Pat Byrne, Ann McKinnon and students from Creative Writing Course at University of Strathclyde. Music by Linda Jaxson […]

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The Art of Words, Thistle Gallery, 7 June, 2018

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Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art 56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF Email Telephone: 0141 334 3444 www.thistle-gallery.com Thursday, June 7th, 2018 – 7 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. Wine / Raffle/ Canapes  – Tickets £15 Part of West End Festival Accomplished author Graeme Macrae Burnet (His Bloody Project) will be reading extracts from […]

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Writers’ Workshop Day at Fruin Farm, Nr. Helensburgh

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018 The venue is the picturesque Fruin Farm at the Cross Keys roundabout on the A818, Helensburgh, G84 9EE (www.fruinfarm.co.uk) Programme 10.15 am Robin Lloyd-Jones   Building a character 11.15 am Coffee 11.30 am Mary Edward  Editing 12.45 pm Lunch                            […]

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Marian Keyes at Aye Write, the Mitchell Library

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30th May, 2018 Join international best-seller Marian Keyes at The Mitchell Library She’s so funny – this is bound to be thoroughly entertaining and an absolute hoot. Marian Keyes: talking books, talking life, just talking……The Break, Strictly, scribing, Ailment of the Month, shoes, reading lists, fillums, inspirational celebs, make-up, Sudden Wild Enthusiasms and everything in […]

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Friday, May 25, 2018 | Filed under: Aye Write! Book Festival 2018, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Autumn Voices Project – Poetry Competition 2018

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Free opportunities to writers in later life that are available through the Autumn Voices Project which aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life.A poetry competition for writers over 70. 1st prize £250. Entry free.Judged by poet, A.C. Clarke.> Prizes 1st prize £250, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50 Closing date: […]

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Autumn Voices Showcase 2018

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Autumn Voices Showcase: Aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life.  They are offering a free showcase for work published by writers over the age of 60 years.  WELCOME to the Autumn Voices Showcase. The Autumn Voices Showcase aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life. This showcase will help to do this […]

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Creative Writing Fair, University of Glasgow

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Wednesday 23 May, 2018 QMU– University of Glasgow Browse and buy pamphlets, zines and publications from 3pm! Readings and performances – from 5pm. A great way to celebrate the return of marks / end of examination period! An exhibition, fair and performance evening to celebrate the publications and projects of MLitt, MFA, DFA and Undergraduate […]

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Monday, May 14, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Aye Write: Wee Write Beano Cartoon Capers, Mitchell Library

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20 May, 2018 at 10.30 – 11.30 Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Find out all about the Beano and draw your fave characters to take home! Celebrate the 80th birthday of Britain’s longest running children’s comic, in this fun-filled illustrated talk and comic workshop – Beano style! Jim Glen, comic artist and writer, […]

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Aye Write: Wee Write One Button Benny with Alan Windram

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20th May 2018    10:30AM – 11:30AM Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN 3 – 6 years old Benny is a Robot. Benny has a big red button in the middle of his tummy with the words ‘only press in an emergency’ on it. Benny is different, Benny is special, Benny is a Robot. […]

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Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Louise Welsh, University of Glasgow

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University Chapel Wednesday 9 May, 2018 – 4 p.m.Free & Open to the Public Ann-Marie MacDonald is an author, playwright, and actor. (Photo by Guntar Kravis) She is best known for her novels, Adult Onset, Fall On Your Knees, and The Way the Crow Flies, as well as her plays, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Belle Moral: A Natural History. Her […]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

The Great May Day Cabaret, Night for Chris Bartter, OranMor

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  Monday 7th May, 2018 show starts 7.30pm Featuring another fantastic line-up, the seventh annual Great May Cabaret includes a tribute to founder member Chris Bartter, whose untimely death last October robbed the trade union movement of one of its great campaigners and supporter of the arts. Celebrating international workers’ day will be: Scottish rapper, […]

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Wee Write Literary and Book Festival for schools and children 2018

 Family Days and Wee Write! Schools Programme All set to go ahead with rescheduled dates after cancellation due to heavy snowfall courtesy of the so-called ‘Beast from the East’. Here are the rescheduled dates: Family Days 19th and 20th May, 2018 Everything from T-Rex to Robots and you can try and solve the biggest mysteries in the […]

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Radical Film Network 6818 Launch, Glasgow

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May Day – Tuesday 1 May, 2018 at 7 p.m. citizenM, 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BW Radical Film Network Scotland commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, a tumultuous year in politics and cinema. Anti-Vietnam protests rocked the world and students rioted with workers in Paris, as tanks rolled into Prague to quell its spring. […]

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