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! Open Mic with Cheeky Besom Productions

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23rd Mar 2019  •  6:00PM – 7:30PM  •  Mitchell Library Free Event Mitchell Library All poets, warriors, misfits, dancers, writers, film makers, mystics, artists, troubadours, flaneurs, and musicians.  Join Cheeky Besom Productions (a Glasgow based artist collective) in our partnership with Aye Write! Scotland is a land of myth and storytelling, Cheeky Besom Productions are […]

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Friday, January 18, 2019 | Filed under: Aye Write Book Festival 2019, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

World Without Walls with musician and songwriter Brian McFall

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Tuesday 26 February, 2019, 7 p.m. Glasgow Literary Lounge The Calton Bar, 415 London Road, Glasgow G40 1AG A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS: Featuring ‘The Life of Brian’ with Musician and Songwriter Brian McFall Calling all poets, warriors, misfits, dancers, writers, film makers, mystics, artists, troubadours, flaneurs, sole adventurers, and musicians. Cheeky Besom Productions in partnership with […]

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Novelist Sarah Moss Creative Conversations

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Monday 21 January 2019, 1 p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Sarah Moss writes on the history and literature of food and travel. She co-edits, with Nicola Humble, the Food series at Manchester University Press, and has a BA, M.St. […]

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Women and Rent Strikes Red Clydeside at the Mitchell Library

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31 January, 2019, 6 p.m. Talk by Dr Valerie Wright, Glasgow University, will consider role that women played in the grassroots and party political activism in Glasgow and West of Scotland, collectively termed ‘Red Clydeside’ Free but places are limited. Book in person at the Granville Street reception or phone 0141 287 2999. The Mitchell […]

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Tell It Slant Express Yourself on Burns Night

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25 January, 2019 – 7 p.m. What’s this, Tell it slant are hosting a Burns Night, complete with haggis, neeps and tatties. Aye. Veggie Haggis cos The Project Cafe is veggie. Fantastic array of poets wanting to share poetry with everyone. It’s BYOB (wine & beer only) and as always a raffle with poetry prizes. […]

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Friday, January 11, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Burns Events

Rachael Allen, Creative Conversations

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Monday 14 January, 2019 1 p.m. Poet Rachael Allen Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College. She is the poetry editor at Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic […]

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Three Leaps of the Gazelle, Playwrights Studio

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By Jack Dickson – Rehearsed Reading 17 January, 2019 CCA Email hayley@playwrightsstudio.co.uk to reserve your seat. ‘That’s why we do this job, Jo-Jo. That’s why we’re here. To help people. Cos if we’re not helping, what the fuck are we doing?” (Lance Corporal Christine McGuire) In an increasingly uncertain world, opinions polarise. We cling to […]

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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 ‘Turning Over A […]

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Scottish National Poetry Slam January 2019

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Scottish Slam Championships at The Tron Theatre Sunday January 13, 2019 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Winners of slams in the chilly wee nation during the year go head to head for the title of Scottish Slam Champion 2019. Tickets: #8.50 – This gig sells out so buy your tickets. Hosted by Robin Cairns Tron […]

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Charlie Gracie, Meet the Author, Fruin Farm review by Mary Irvine

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Meet the Author Charlie Gracie – ‘To Live With What You Are’ The final meeting of the Meet The Author events for 2018 took place once again at the picturesque Fruin Farm, Glen Fruin, Helensburgh G84 9EE This time we welcomed Charlie Gracie, originally from Baillieston but now domiciled at the other side of the Ben. […]

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

This Is Not A Burns Night, Govanhill Community Baths Trust

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Sunday, 20 January, 2019 . 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. The Rum Shack The 6th Annual Govanhill Baths “This is Not a Burns Night” event will be a tribute to our friend Tom Leonard. Entry by donation on the door. Featuring Rab Wilson, Victoria McNulty, Chris McQueer, Jim Ferguson and Tracy Harvey, hosted by Jim Monaghan. […]

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Caro Ramsay, Plotting Your Novel

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January, 15th, 2019 Scottish Writers Centre, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD A quick guide to getting it right! A workshop and presentation on how to plot a novel, including lots of questions and answers and troubleshooting the usual stumbling blocks ; the muddle in the middle, the wandering timeline and how to entice an […]

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Stuart MacBride, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

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CRIME WRITER STUART MACBRIDE Creative Conversations 7 January 2019 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free & Open to the Public Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton near Glasgow but grew up in Aberdeen. He is the bestselling author of several novels […]

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Monday, December 31, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Glasgow Literary Lounge – Alternative Burns

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22 January, 2019 East End Showcase of Literature, Music and Art Speakeasy and Open Mic Night with Jim Ferguson by Cheeky Besom Productions Calton Bar, 415 London Road, G40 1AG To secure a 5 – 7 minute slot contact Ruby McCann Seeking submissions inspired by the theme ‘Alternative Burns’ – open to your own interpretation. […]

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Love Music Hate Racism, The Arlington

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Saturday 29 December, 2018 LMHR end-of-year party. It’s on the last Saturday of the year, in that sweet spot between Christmas Day and Hogmanay, and starts at 5pm. All the performers have their own brand of magic to bring along to The Arlington. Look forward to seeing y’all. If you can’t make it on the […]

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Karine Polwart, Creative Conversations

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10 December, 2018,  1 p.m. – 2 p.m. SINGER-SONGWRITER KARINE POLWART Creative Conversations University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwartis a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published essayist. […]

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Refuweegee and Music Broth Unsilent Night Fundraiser

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12 December, 2018 The Drygate, 85 Drygate Street, Glasgow G4 0UT An Unsilent Night of good music, good company and a good cause! Refuweegee & Music Broth have teamed up to bring you the perfect xmas night out. All funds raised go towards the provision of musical instruments from the 400+ Music Broth library for refugees. Performing on the […]

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Novelist Ann Cleeves, Creative Conversations

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Monday 3 December, 2018 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular […]

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Christmas Speakeasy and Open Mic, Scottish Writers

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18 December, 2018 CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Scottish Writers are throwing their  annual Speakeasy, hosted by the fabulous Rose Fraser Ritchie! Get a slot:  The theme this year is “gifts”, so to get a slot email info@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk Entry to the event is free of charge, but if you are able please bring […]

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Mary Irvine’s Blog: Michael J Malone at Book Week Scotland 2018

A very appreciative audience enjoyed an entertaining two hours during the recent Book Week 2018 when the Helensburgh Library played host to poet turned novelist Michael J Malone. He spoke of his early writing life and the benefits of joining a writers’ group for support and encouragement, as well as offering critiques. Having had many […]

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

Lin Anderson, Shaping the Story at Scottish Writers Centre

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Tuesday 4th December 2018: CCA Clubroom at 7:00pm Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD Lin Anderson: Shaping the Story A crime series is more about the character, than the crime. That’s why readers keep coming back for more. How do we merge the personal journey with the professional and keep the series fresh? […]

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Catriona Malan ‘Meet the Author’ at Fruin Farm

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‘Meet the Author’ at Fruin Farm (Back by Popular Demand) Not a shuffle, not a cough, ne’er a sniffle. Total absorption in the event. And what was the event? The award winning poet from Helensburgh, Catriona Malan, who was being interviewed on her life and work. From her birth to the present day Catriona took […]

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

Mary Irvine’s Blog: Open Mic at the Balloch House Hotel

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This event just gets better each time it’s ‘on’. A year from its conception by Ann MacKinnon, George Gibson and Mary Irvine we are now at the stage where people are booking slots in advance, although we do try to reserve a few for ‘first-timers’. There has been quite a few of those lately.  Apart […]

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Creative Conversations: Zinnie Harris, playwright, screenwriter and theatre director.

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Monday 26 November 2018, 1 pm – 2 pm University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Zinnie Harris is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. Her plays include This Restless House (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 2016), winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland […]

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Friday, November 23, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

From Glasgow to Saturn Call for Submissions

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From Glasgow to Saturn is now accepting submissions for Issue 42, which will be published in March. Looking for new, exciting work across a variety of genres and media. Prose, poetry, hybrid forms, art, photography—all are welcomed! The deadline for submissions is December 14, 2018. Submissions will be considered from all University of Glasgow students, alumni, […]

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The Wee Guide to Porridge, Deedee Cuddihy

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West end author unites Marianne Faithfull, a street preacher and a uni prof in a book about porridge What do ‘60s pop legend Marianne Faithfull, a Jehovah’s Witness in Sauchiehall Street and an Iraqui university professor have in common? They all feature in “The Wee Guide to Porridge”, a new book about Scotland’s other national […]

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Thursday, November 22, 2018 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

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 University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Programme 2019 Poet Rachael Allen Monday 14 January, 2019 1pm – 2 pm Rachael Allen, Creative Conversations PREVIOUS EVENTS 7 January, 2019 Stuart MacBride, Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow Karine Polward – Singer Songwriter – […]

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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

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