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Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

Flour Power – Live Language School Glasgow

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A SANDY CAKE FROM RUSSIA WINS TV PRIZE TATIANA Camilleri baked a cake in honour of her Russian grandmother and won the final episode of Flour Power Competition on the new BBC Scotland Channel. Tatiana was one of the four contestants from the Live Language School in Somerset Place, Glasgow taking part in the baking […]

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews

Govanhill: Portrait of a Community review Pat Byrne

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The Deep End – Govanhill Baths Arts Space 21 Nithsdale Street,  Glasgow G41 2PZ Part of Govanhill International Festival 2019 Jim and I had a great time at the Govanhill Carnival on Sunday at Queens Park so I though I would venture back across the Clyde to catch some more of the festival. I went […]

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Mary Irvine’s Blog: Bruce Biddolph Outstanding as ‘The Inquisitor’

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Peter Arnott’s play ‘The Inquisitor’ was recently performed by Bruce Biddolph at the Alexandria Library . The audience sat in a semi-circle in front of a table. A man entered. His dress implied he was someone of importance. An official, maybe. Collar, tie, smart jacket and trousers, highly polished shoes. The table became an office […]

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Scottish PEN Writers In Exile review by Pat Byrne

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As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish PEN’s Writers In Exile committee presented a literary event at The Project Cafe´, Glasgow on 24 June, 2019; they brought together exiled writers and writers who are far from home.  Liz Niven chair of Scottish PEN’S Writers in Exile Committee was host  the participants were:  Samina Chaudry […]

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Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald review by Jim Byrne

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In ‘Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald’, filmmaker Katja Duregger celebrates the voice and musicality of Ella Fitzgerald – charting her rise, from the low of working as a lookout at a bordello (1930’s), to the high of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom (highest civilian awards of the United States) in 1992. […]

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Saturday, July 6, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Cinema

An Afternoon of Fiction, Poetry and Performance

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Saturday 6 July, 2019. 1 – 5 p.m. An afternoon of fiction, poetry and performance in Finn’s Place. Fun, creating and ‘doing your own thing’ but performance is optional. With Linda Jackson. £15/£10 Finn’s Place, 167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Classes and Workshops, Writing

An Evening with Multi Award winning author Robin Lloyd-Jones

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Hosted by the Helensburgh Library and the Mackintosh Group review by Mary Irvine There was a full house at the Helensburgh Library on Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 for ‘An Evening with Robin Lloyd-Jones’. A brief introduction and Robin took over. He began by reading the very first piece he had had published, which was in […]

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Monday, June 3, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

Dan Richards Booked! Festival 2019 review Mary Irvine

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Dan Richards ‘Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the World’ Balloch Library Sunday 19th May 2019 This was my favourite event of this year’s festival. The great intrepid British explorer, risking life and limb to go where no man has gone before (or rarely, in this case) is not of a bygone age. […]

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Mary Irvine review: Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Booked! Festival

Booked! Festival Alexandria Library Friday, 17th May, 2019 Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Polly Clarke, born in Toronto, now domiciled in Helensburgh and London (where she does her writing on a houseboat) sashayed down the aisle in a stunning, single-tiger print dress which she later confided had been discovered on the Internet – a […]

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour, The Mitchell review Pat Byrne

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Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today It really is absolutely hellish: ‘We live in the world’s sixth-richest economy but one-fifth of us live in poverty’. Kerry Hudson. Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour isn’t your usual book launch – her book ‘Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today’, alongside tour events, aims to inform people about just what […]

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Richard Holloway ‘Waiting for the Last Bus’ review Mary Irvine

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Tuesday 14th May 2019 Booked! Festival of Words, West Dunbartonshire For several years now the ‘Booked! Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words has commenced its series of events with the Alistair Pearson Lecture at the Millennium Hall, Gartocharn. This year a tribute to this extraordinary man was given by James Macrea who gave a brief […]

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Two poems by Finola Scott: ‘Garlic’ and ‘Rhubarb’

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(Image: Olga Oginskaya) In the iron-dark shop piled with companions it’s functional mottled  white on white    waiting contained    wrapped in disguise Beneath gauze veils    folded in parchment  it parcels itself cloaks taste    holds secrets a cupped palm’s width of flavour home on my worktop it casts wing-thin skins &   explodes Finola […]

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Filed under: stories and poems, Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems, writers

Glasgow Writer: Mary Irvine

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Mary Irvine, is a writer who hails from Yorkshire but has made her home near Glasgow. She is involved in numerous projects writing short stories, collaborating in producing  local history pamphlets about Dumbarton with the illustrator Anne Marshall. Mary also works tirelessly promoting other authors through the many literary events she initiates and organises. Her […]

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Filed under: Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene, writers

Onion by Leela Soma – vegetable inspired poetry

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Onion A perfect bulb of crystalline beauty growing in the darkness of the earth petal by petal, gentle stalks of green showing up in the sun, a promise of a taste to enhance cuisines around the world. A humble root vegetable makes us tear up with no hurt, reveals no core, layer upon layer peeled […]

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Mum’s Favourite Flowers by Mussie Abbasi Harrison

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Mother’s Favourite Flowers     It’s the season of roses Their sweet smell lingers in your memory, Mum Beautiful, fragrant, red roses bringing love, happiness and peace. White blossoms – fresh, cool and pure And yellow roses their joyful fragrance spreading sunshine Roses bring a smile to my face…Mum’s favourite flowers Mussie Abbasi Harrison

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Monday, April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems

Flowers – poems by Leela Soma

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Jewels of summer A glance from the car at the traffic light My eyes widen at the jewel strewn scene Purple and white crocus, narcissi bright Like amethysts and diamonds that shine. Green grass with moist sun-touched dew Like glitter sparkling, under the bare tree. A north wind whips gusts strong The infant buds defiant, […]

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Aye Write 2019! Sara Sheridan introduces Anne Griffin and Anstey Harris 

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Friday, 22nd March 2019 Mitchell Library Review by Mary Irvine The two authors being introduced were Anne Griffin and Anstey Harris. Both in the fifties, each has recently published her first novel. Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist living in Ireland. She has won recognition for her previous writings but ‘When All Is Said’ is […]

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Aye Write: Tribes of Glasgow review by Pat Byrne

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I went along to Aye Write at The Mitchell Library to hear Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie talk about their book ‘Tribes of Glasgow’ (Luath Press) The book arose out of the writer Stephen Millar’s quest to rediscover Glasgow and capture its essence.  Born in Glasgow but having been brought up in and lived in […]

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Aye Write 2019, Tom Shields review by Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival 2019 Tom Shields Mitchell Library Sunday, 24th March 1.15 p.m. One of the many things I love about Glasgow and its people is the humour, the banter and, at the above event, I was not disappointed. Tom Shields is perhaps best known for the humorous ‘Tom Shields’ Diary’ which appeared in ‘The […]

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Aye Write: Kamal Ahmed: The Life and Times of a Very British Man review Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival Friday, 22nd March, 2019 Royal Concert Hall The main theme of Kamal’s presentation was the notion of being British. What is it that makes anyone British? What is identity? Kamal’s mother was white English, his father Sudanese, making Kamal mixed race or half-caste in the parlance of the70s/80s when mixed marriages were […]

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Aye Write 2019: ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ Mariam Khan, Amna Saleem’ review Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival 2019  3 p.m. Sunday, 17th March, Mitchell library It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race – Mariam Khan, Amna Saleem When, in 2016, Mariam Khan read David Cameron’s comment that linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women, she felt she should […]

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Aye Write 2019: Henry VIII and the Men that Made Him Tracy Borman review by Mary Irvine

Aye Write Festival 2019  3 p.m. Saturday, 16th March, Mitchell library On her first visit to Glasgow this accomplished speaker and author of several books on the Tudor period held a sixty plus audience in thrall – in the nicest possible way – as she brought to life a different, more sympathetic, perhaps a better […]

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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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Frohe Weihnachten – a Christmas Poem by Brian Whittingham

Christmas Poem by Brian Whittingham

FROHE WEIHNACHTEN (My Christmas poem for friends old and new.) On Christmas Eve, mum softly sang Stille Nacht. Busy with final preparations. Scotch pine, I recall her telling dad. Best for keeping its needles. She clipped red candles onto green sprigs, placed small bowls of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts at the base of the tree. […]

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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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Goldie by Pat Byrne

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There’s a small glen not far from our house. On a good day I go up there to read my paper. It’s quiet in the mornings apart from the odd person out walking their dog. Sometimes I sit for a while and watch the rabbits or maybe a fox – there tends to be more […]

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | Filed under: Seasonal Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers, stories and poems

Glasgow Writers: Tom Leonard

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Sadly Tom Leonard died today, 21 December, 2018. Wonderful poet and fascinating ‘citizen of the world’. PennSound Podcast: Tom Leonard in Glasgow 1978 Some Memories of Tom Leonard (1944 – 2018) – Richie McCaffery Tom Leonard – Glasgow Poet I admire Tom Leonard’s writing, his passion, his love of language and his fight against various […]

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Friday, December 21, 2018 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Govanhill; no single-ends by Ian R. Mitchell

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The Talk Govanhill is almost certainly the most intact area of working-class tenement housing left in Glasgow. Apart from on its north-eastern fringes, very few of the four storey blocks dating from the later nineteenth century have been demolished, and the grid-plan of the streets remains exactly as it was laid out over 100 years […]

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell, Walks in Glasgow

Tarnished Jewels, U.S.A.’s Public Lands Under Trump by Ian R. Mitchell

Ian R Mitchell, author of Encounters in the American Mountain West, examines the issues facing the USA’s public lands under Donald Trump’s presidency MANY PEOPLE, both in the United States and abroad, view the country’s National Parks as the jewel in its somewhat tarnished environmental crown. Travelling through the USA – especially in the staggeringly […]

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

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