Writing.

Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

The Fortune Teller by Pat Byrne

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‘it’s me. Colin. Let me in.’ Her brother nearly fell on top of her as Cora opened the door. ‘What’s up?’ She caught his arm as he staggered. ’Looks worse…that’s his, no mine.’ He patted his bloodstained shirt. ’My God. Look at the state of you.’ She helped him to the couch. One eye was […]

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Christmas Day – a story by Cornelius Doherty

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  Christmas Day Everything old was new again. The rust on the tin roofs of the outhouses disappeared. The black pitch on the byre – gaping and torn down to the rotten cladding was covered in the cold white of Christmas morning. A small robin landed lightly on the window sill, barely marking the untouched […]

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Seasons Greetings from Stef Shaw The Glasgow Cabbie

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    ‘Most of us look forward to a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, and many enjoy a drink on Christmas Day. 🥃🍷 This time of year is such a fun time for most children and families, but I’d like you to remember that it can also be a very sad time of year […]

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Some Wintertime Poems by Finola Scott

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Darkening So the Darkness approaches, I could talk of                                    enveloping black                                    the rip and reveal of the veil                                    stripped […]

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Jane Sweeney – Finding Mario

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Oscar Sometimes we just saunter through life; days are filled with happiness and laughter and routines keep us wrapped up in a sense of normality and contentment. Then a massive curveball is thrown your way. For me, that was losing my best friend Oscar, my rather old bearded collie cross. He had been my constant […]

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I Deserve This – a poem for Christmas by Calum Maclean

The talented Glasgow poet Calum Maclean reveals his thoughts on Christmas. I Deserve This I must’ve been the architect of some outrageous larceny, my henchmen thieving priceless jewels delivered to me personally. Presumably, I used that swag to fund an act of treachery, facilitated shady deals, created instability, ensured elections swung my way, indulged in […]

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Glasgow’s West End: Ian R Mitchell: Writer and Mountaineer

Ian R Mitchell is a long-established author, who has published 20 books which range from fiction, to historical and biographical works, and to mountaineering and travel books. Ghost Dance by Ian R Mitchell – The First Trumpland Political Thriller published October, 2017 Born in Aberdeen, Ian taught History for over twenty years at Clydebank College […]

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 | Filed under: writers

‘Love’ a story by Maggie Reeve

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LOVE She appeared at more or less the same time every morning. It was so regular I wondered if she set her alarm as a reminder to feed the birds. And she always wore one of her colourful hats. I used to watch her through the window as I drank my morning coffee. The villagers […]

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 | Filed under: Love Poems, Stories and Tales from Glasgow writers, stories and poems

Glasgow Writers: Louise Welsh

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Louise Welsh Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow (September, 2015) Aye Write! 2018 – Louise Welsh introduces Laura Carline and Imogen Hermes Gowar Exloring morality in the worse of timss – Louise Welsh, Book Week Scotland 30 November 2017, Arlington Baths Club Final part of the Plague Times Trilogy. No Dominion (July, […]

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Kevin Scott

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Kevin Scott is a Glasgow-based author and journalist. His debut novel ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ was published in May, 2017. It tells the story of two estranged brothers forced into reconciliation when the coffin containing their 11 year-old half-brother is stolen the day before his funeral, ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ has been well-received and was shortlisted for The Sceptre Prize. A graduate of the University […]

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Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, writers

Genova “La Superba” – Glasgow with sunshine? by Ian R. Mitchell

Italy has such a wealth of wonderful cities, that many which would be the jewel in the crown of most other countries, can tend to become overlooked. Such is Genoa. Little on the tourist itinerary, this Cinderella of Mediterranean cities is nevertheless a fascinating place to spend some time, with a wealth of historical and […]

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 | Filed under: Writing

Soporific Summers and Antonia Seaward

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    The fragrance of hazy heat that wrapped us in a warm fuzz as we walked down my street   Roses at their fullest bloom in every garden infusing the air with botanical incense   Memories of jam jars on my kitchen windowsill filled with petals and home made perfume   Gifts for my […]

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 | Filed under: Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems, Writing

Mango – a poem by Leela Soma

It’s Mango Season in India (April, May and June.)  Asians in Glasgow also look forward to special baskets of fruit from the sub -continent, sold in Asian shops. You can find different flavours and types quite unlike thos you find all year round in supermarkets. Mango Tiny green mango, picked from on high, Bit hard, […]

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Friday, April 7, 2017 | Filed under: Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems

Glasgow Writers: Alistair Braidwood – Scots Whay Hae!

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Alistair Braidwood, who runs the popular website and podcast Scots Whay Hae! has a passion for Scottish creativity including books, film and music. Little wonder the site is so popular as it includes a tremendous amount of fascinating features and reviews about Scottish arts events and artists. The podcasts are engrossing, reflecting not only Alistair’s […]

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Filed under: writers

A Night of Horror – creepy, scary podcasts by Kathleen Kidd

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I’ve been enjoying A Night of Horror’s  short drama podcasts, made in Scotland by Kathleen Kidd.  The podcasts are designed to keep you up at night – you’ll find a selection of spooky stories to listen to on A Night of Horror website. The podcasts are also available to download.. They  last between 3 and 15 […]

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Off Balance by Magi Gibson – a poem for Valentines

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Off Balance   You have knocked me off-balance! I walk like a drunk, tripping Over dogs, falling off kerbs, walking out in front of cars and trucks. This is so physical, this disorientation, this disintegration. A woman is at the door returning a leg I left at the local store. I look in the mirror, […]

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Past Love in the Museum of Transport – poetry by Ciara MacLaverty

Past Love in the Museum of Transport   Where’s Daddy? I say, holding your son in my arms, inhaling the baby scent of his head. You’re up on the steam engine with your other son pointing, waving down at us.   You still look good and I can hold your gaze without fear of loss […]

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Bloggers Glasgow West End

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Weblogging has arrived in Glasgow West End. 🙂 On this page you will find links to Westenders and former Westenders who write a regular diary (and sometimes not regular) about their activities. Note: these may not all be strictly classified as blogs – but most are near enough for me not to quibble about it. […]

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Filed under: Writing

Mary Irvine’s Blog: Christmas Customs and Festivals

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Christmas Customs Once again the rush is on and stress increases as the day draws near… I abolished, for myself, the commercialism of Christmas several years ago. It was the year I went to the post office and bought stamps which cost more than double the actual cards being sent. I also considered to whom […]

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Sunday, December 11, 2016 | Filed under: Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene, Writing for the Festive Season

Dear Diary by Paul Wright

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Thursday 23 December Midnight Dear Diary Been thinking all day about the Prince’s Ball. Grimelda and Safi have been a nightmare all day ordering me around, getting everything ready for THEM. No time for cleaning. I’ll pay for that! Not even had five minutes to myself and been close to tears all day. But didn’t […]

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Ruby saves the day by Gillian Mayes

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Ruby is a young woman who lives at home with her mother, father and little brother. She lives in a part of Glasgow called Giffnock, where there are nice houses with big gardens so that everybody there feels very lucky. Most of her days are straightforward – the odd calamity happens of course, like losing […]

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Glasgow Writers: Theresa Talbot

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Theresa Talbot is a Glaswegian author and freelance broadcaster/journalist – as Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland her voice is familiar to many. I met up with her at BBC, Pacific Quay just after her 2 p.m. radio stint and enjoyed chatting about her blossoming career as a writer. Theresa could not be more […]

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, writers

Driving to Mass by Micheal Norton

I drove through the sticks over the thick ice and frozen muck that gripped the backroads.   The countryside was pitch black, abandoned, with lonely houses spread out like rare driftwood amongst the ditches.  My mother was wrapped up in the passenger seat.  Her nose poking out from her head scarf as she eyed the road.  […]

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | Filed under: Christmas Poems , Stories and Winter Tales, Winter 2014

Glasgow Writers: Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Appearing at Aye Write! 2018 25 March, The Accident on the A35 – new book by Graeme, to be launched Waterstones Argyle Street, 26 October, 2017 It just gets better and better. Graeme shortlisted for the Man Booker The Saltire Fiction Book of the Year and is due to published in over 20 countries. Graeme […]

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Glasgow West End: Poetry and Writing

Bohemian Chemistry by Stephen Watt Saxophone jazz swanks out from the Oran Mor barwhere toy school kids on tightrope wallstry not to fall; plucking air guitars.The instrument does not seem to matter. Streetlights spark bonfires in dying, west end heavens –a half crescent moon is fish-hooked on university buildings,brimming with assiduous students’ laughter. Traffic cones […]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | Filed under: Poetry, Writing

Archived comments for The Garngad: Heaven and Hell by Ian R. Mitchell

I was born in villar St Jan 1949 margaret cox | Fri Aug 15 2014 I was born in Villiers Street in 1949. My Grandparents lived in Turner Street. You have written a very interesting piece on the history of industry in Garngad, I have learned a lot from this. However, you have not given […]

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Monday, August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

The Garngad: Heaven and Hell by Ian R. Mitchell

A chapter from Ian R. Mitchell’s forthcoming book for Luath Press, called Orange, Green and Red; Class, Community and Conflict on Clydeside, whch takes things all the way from New Lanark to the Vale of Leven, with a few new Glasgow chapters as well. THE GARNGAD: Heaven and Hell. The splendid spire of Townhead and […]

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Glasgow Writer: Stuart Cosgrove

Like a lot of people I first became aware of Stuart Cosgrove through the Radio Scotland programme ‘Off The Ball’. Many a Saturday afternoon I’ve listened to his irreverent chat with co-host Tam Cowan, joined in their raucous laughter and tut tutted at the pair’s more outrageous mockery. Amazingly he programme has been on air […]

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Summering by Nina Quigley

A Summer Poem by Nina Quigley SUMMERING 26/7/14 Rain creeps quietlyinto my consciousnessfrom the open windowas I waken to a soft dayafter several torrid days of heat. For once in Irelandthe hot sand burned our feet,and we had to hop sharpishdown to the water,to spend languid periodsof uncharted timeswanning about in the salton body boards,being […]

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A Summer Story – Full Circle by Leela Soma

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Full Circle Saturday 23 rd. August 1969, a day to remember, forever. They waved me off to my new life in Glasgow. My mum and the whole family. Tears glistened in their eyes, mine filled with tears and a nervous chill spread across my spine as I settled into the Air – India seat. The […]

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