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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.

Vahni Capildeo, Creative Conversations

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Poet Vahni Capildeo Vahni Capildeo Monday 4 December 1 – 2 PM University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Vahni Capildeo is an award-winning poet born in Trinidad and living in the UK. Her poetry collections include No Traveller Returns (2003), Undraining Sea (2009), Dark and Unaccustomed Words (2012), Utter (2013), Simple […]

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Winter Words at Woodlands Community

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7th December, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW Poetry, Performance and Possibilities  Featuring Viv Gee and Kevin P. Gilday Join us in the beautiful and intimate venue of Woodlands Workspace for a special seasonal event. 6.45 Doors Open 7.00 Tea, coffe and mince pies 7.15 In Conversation […]

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Book Week Scotland 2017

Book Week Scotland 2017 is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December. Book Week Scotland 2017 a week-long celebration of books and reading  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. They […]

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Book Week Scotland 2017 , West Dunbartonshire Libraries

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27 November – 3 December, 2017 Various Libraries throughout West Dunbartonshire  Book Week Scotland  is an annual celebration of books and reading throughout Scotland. This year’s theme is ‘Nourish’ so be kind to yourself and join in the celebration as people of all ages and walks of life come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces […]

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‘This World that We Seem to Inherit’: Readings and Music for Remembrance, University of Glasgow

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15 November, 2017 – 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. University Glasgow Chapel, G12 8QQ by University of Glasgow First World War Commemoration Group Come and listen to a selection of First World War writing from Scottish authors and poets in the stunning University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.  Readers will include include the University of Glasgow’s Alan Riach and Zoe […]

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Books at the Botanics

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Books at the Botanics Book Fair Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th November, 2017 10 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. in the Hopkirk Building  (behind the main range), 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE www.booksatthebotanics.co.uk Books at the Botanics on Facebook

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Louise Welsh, Arlington Baths Club, Book Week Scotland, Thursday 30 November,2017

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What would it be like to survive the plague? Could you make a good life in a brutal new future? That’s the fate of the few survivors of a worldwide epidemic that wipes out billons of lives in Louise Welsh’s terrifying Plague Times trilogy. In No Dominion, the third and final book published this year, former TV […]

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Being Human Fest Postcard poetry: Philip Hobsbaum’s inclusive writers’ groups 23 November, 2017

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23 November, 2017,  6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.. A very special reading and discussion with some of Glasgow’s most celebrated writers, all of whom were encouraged early on by workshop pioneer Philip Hobsbaum. Join poet Liz Lochhead (Scots Makar 2011-2016), Marcella Evaristi (playwright, screenwriter) and Bernard Maclaverty (novelist, short story writer and screenwriter) for an […]

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Ten Writers Telling Lies, Book Week Scotland, Airdrie Library, 28 November, 2017

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Ten Writers Telling Lies at Airdrie Library – Part of Book Week Scotland At Airdrie Library, Wellwynd, Airdrie, ML6 6BN Ten Writers Telling Lies is a unique collaboration combining music and writing – which has resulted in a book and accompanying CD. Ten writers have written stories and poems connected with, and inspired by, the […]

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Ten Slavonic Dances with Tom Hubbard, Scottish Writers Centre

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Ten Feet Tall: Celebrating 10 Years of Contributions to Arts & Culture 16 January, 2018 CCA, Scottish Writers Centre Club Room, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD Ten Slavonic Dances with Tom Hubbard, Scottish Writers Centre, 16 January, 2018.  Tom Hubbard will be performing short extracts from his book of three short stories / novellas Slavonic […]

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Book Week Scotland – Story on Page and Film with Bernard MacLaverty, Kelvin Hall, 2 December, 2017

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2 December, 2017  3 p.m.  4 p.m. How do we tell and hear stories both in writing and images? Is there a difference in how we feel about the stories we love depending on how they are told? Come along and hear Bernard MacLaverty in conversation –  not only a highly acclaimed author but has […]

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Christopher Priest, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow, 13 November, 2017

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  Monday 13 November, 2017, 1 – 2 PM University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Christopher Priest is a novelist and science fiction writer. His works include Fugue for a Darkening Island, Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Prestige and The Separation. He has been strongly influenced by the science […]

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Glasgow Dynamic City book launch La Bodega,Friday 8 December, 2017

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Linda Jackson hosts another book launch at La Bodega, with readings, dance performance and live music. This is Free Entry and will no doubt be booked to the gunnels folks like the last one so please book a place and let the restaurant know if you want to have dinner as well. This will be […]

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Have Yourself A Literary Christmas with Jim Ferguson, CCA, 19 December, 2017

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Tuesday 19, December 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm  CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3JD ‘Have Yourself A Literary Christmas’ with Guest Writer, Jim Ferguson It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, at the SWC we’re getting ready to rock around the Christmas tree with the spotlight on […]

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Jean Rafferty: The Dark Side of Reality, Scottish Writers CCA 5 December, 2017

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Tuesday 5, December 2017: CCA: Club Room at 7:00pm  CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3JD ‘The Dark Side of Reality’ with Jean Rafferty The true artist is interested in the art object as an art process, the thing in being, the being of the thing, the struggle, the excitement, the […]

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A Night of Broad Scots, Ubiquitous Chip, Thursday 30 November, 2017

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St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, 2017 6 p.m.  1 a.m.  Thursday 30th November 6pm with performances from Alasdair Gray, Donny O’Rourke, Ken McCluskey accompanied by four-course meal, Hendricks Collins on arrival, piper and a Ceilidh on the cobbles. Menu Four Course Meal £49.95 per person Finnan Haddie Ceviche Heather Smoked Partridge Aberdeenshire Lamb Loin Ayrshire […]

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Poetry at Inn Deep, Tuesday 14 November, 2017

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8 – 11 p.m.  Well after that birthday MADNESS Inn Deep is getting back to normal with some amazing poetry for you lovely people  Stephen Watt  Fraser Keatings Tawnya Renelle Mallie McCown  Samuel Glover Beth Frieden Nisha Patel  Hosted by @samsmallpoetry of @spec_books New Space Fifth Year  Nothings  Changed  & Nothing  ever  will Inn Deep, […]

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Revisiting the Antonine Wall, Community Consultation from 7 November, 2017

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Events from 7th November in venues in Old Kilpatrick, Clydebank, Drumchapel, Lambhill, Bearsden and Twechar The biggest, most awe-inspiring building project the people of Scotland had ever seen, the Roman Antonine Wall stretched right across the country, from the Clyde to the Forth. Work is currently underway to rediscover the Antonine Wall and to provide […]

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Poet Alan Riach, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow Chapel, 6 November, 2017

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Monday 6 November 1 – 2 PM University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Alan Riach is a Scottish poet and academic. From 1986 to 2000, he worked in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, where he held the post of Associate Professor […]

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Dias de los Muertos, Stories, Poems and Songs, CCA, 2 November, 2017

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Dias De Los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico for people to honour the deceased with lively celebrations and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dias De Los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience. Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones by taking fruit, nuts, tequila, sugar skulls […]

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101 Men in Kilts by Bob McDevitt

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101 Men in Kilts book of photography by Bob McDevitt A fascinating selection of kilt wearers from all walks of life.   I had a sneak preview before the launch (today, 1 November, 2017). I was delighted to spot a few familiar models – looking very, very good.  Super gift and stocking filler and great value […]

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Storyathon Open Day, Kelvin Hall, 2 December, 2017

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Come and try a range of drop in sessions looking at how we interact with story.  You and your family can try your hand at creative writing, storyboarding and storytelling – then grab some refreshments and talk to researchers from the University of Strathclyde about why stories affect us in the way they do.  Part […]

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St Louis, New Material Poetry Night, 2 November, 2017

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The St. Louis Partick – Poetry, New Material Night! – First Thursday Every Month Get a spot while you still can, sign up by commenting below  Come on down to St. Louis on the 1st Thursday of every month.  Get down early to grab our fabulous Thursday night burger deal, kitchen closes at 9PM.  … […]

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Judy Murray at Book Week Scotland, The Mitchell Library, 28 November, 2017

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The Mitchell Library Tuesday 28 November, 217 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Judy will be talking about and signing copies of her extraordinary memoir, ‘Knowing the Score’. This event is brought to you by Glasgow Libraries who present Book Week Scotland. This event is in association with Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival. Tickets: £9+ booking […]

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Last Monday at Waterstones, Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 30 October, 2017

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Last Monday at Waterstones –Carla Woodburn takes the limelight and goes live with a poetry of playfulness and delight. With Open Mic – 30 October, 2017 – 7 p.m.  Opening hour is free-for-all on a first-served basis so snag yourselves a spot. Robin Cairns comperes. Waterstones, 153 – 157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW Facebook […]

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Muriel Spark Centenary Celebrations, November 2017 – November 2018

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Nationwide programme of events & activities celebrating the life & work of Dame Muriel Spark November 2017 – November 2018 Organisers encourage people to get involved Launch of new fund for artists & groups to develop & present work Advice available to those planning activities Year-long, nationwide programme of literary and cultural events and activities […]

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Mary Paulson-Ellis, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow, Monday 30th October, 2017

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Novelist Mary Paulson-Ellis Monday 30 October, 2017 1 – 2 PM University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Mary Paulson-Ellis is an Edinburgh-based writer and University of Glasgow Creative Writing MLitt alumna whose debut novel The Other Mrs Walker was Waterstone’s Scottish Book of the […]

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Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

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Autumn, 2017 University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Mary Paulson-Ellis, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow, Monday 30th October, 2017 1 – 2 PM University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Mary Paulson-Ellis is an Edinburgh-based […]

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Mary Irvine’s Blog: PC Gone Mad, To Kill A Mocking Bird

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Just read a newspaper article re the banning of the book ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird.’ (The Washington Post 17/10/17, ) This is PC gone mad. If we ‘destroy’ art and literature of the past because it is being judged, out of context, to be non-PC are we not destroying/distorting history? Are we not destroying a very […]

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Book Week Scotland, Arlington Baths, 28th November – 2 December, 2017

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Book Week at the Baths Swimming suffragettes, supernatural sleuths and end of the world are just some of the talks for Book Week Scotland 2017 at the Arlington Baths Club. The Arlington Baths Club, in Woodlands, Glasgow, has organised a series of free talks and workshops for Book Week Scotland, including several events featuring a […]

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