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Profiling Glasgow’s Writers

Leela Soma: ‘Vermillion’ a poem for Autumn

PIXABAY INDIAN WOMAN

‘Autumn’ in the broadest sense. It is how Indian widows had to undergo a ritual  in olden days to give up all their ornaments, even the red dot on their forehead wear only white. Life stopped if their husbands passed away. Vermillion Leaves fall down, blown away in the autumnal blitz Gold strewn paths crunch and crackle underfoot A […]

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Filed under: Poems and Stories for Autumn, Poetry, stories and poems, writers

Janet Paisley: Scottish Author, Poet and Playwright

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Janet Paisley is a Scottish writer, poet, playwright, performer, publisher, editor, lecturer and teacher.   Writing in Scots and English, for children and adults, her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She has written for radio, television and cinema. First published in 1979, she has since gained numerous awards, held fellowships […]

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Sunday, August 19, 2018 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writer: Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove’s new book ‘Harlem 69’ – the final part of the #SoulTrilogy  is out in early October, 2018, Watch out for signing events throughout the UK.  Available to Pre-Order at Amazon. Stuart’s expertise in the world of soul made him a clear choice to comment on the death of ‘Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin‘ 16 August, […]

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Friday, August 17, 2018 | Filed under: writers

Louise Welsh: Glasgow Writer

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Louise Welsh Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow Louise Welsh in China with First Minister University of Fudan, Translation of Prime of Miss Jean Brodie into Mandarin (April, 2018) Aye Write! 2018 – Louise Welsh introduces Laura Carline and Imogen Hermes Gowar Exloring morality in the worse of timss – Louise Welsh, […]

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Denise Mina: Writer

  Denise Mina is one of Scotland’s most talented writers and when you have finished one of her books you just can’t wait for the next. Thankfully they just keep coming and I am amazed at her productivity – a busy mother of young children and part of a large extended family – she has […]

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Filed under: writers

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

Glasgow Writers: Kevin Scott

Herald business writer Kevin Scott at the Necropolis in Glasgow with a copy of his new book - Dead Cat Bounce.

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

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

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

Graeme Macrae Burnet – Glasgow Writer

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The Art of Words – 7 June, 2018 – Thistle Gallery, Park Road, Glasgow 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 […]

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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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West Texas Highs; Be In Your Own Movie by Ian R. Mitchell

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  West Texas Highs; Be In Your Own Movie. The Country for Cold Men. The image of Texas widely held might not encourage the timorous traveller to head that-aways. Texas is usually viewed  as a flat desolation roughly the size of France and Spain combined, full of, at best hard bitten rednecks, and at worst […]

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

Glasgow Writer: James Connarty

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James Connarty was born in Bellshill, grew up in Coatbridge and now lives in Wishaw. He would be telling lies if he said he was a Glasgow writer, although he has written in and about the city. James graduated from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in English Literature in the mid 90s and has […]

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Brian Hamill

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A Special Report by Brian Hamill, September 2013 – A new wee short piece written in Scots  Mr Summers by Brian Hamill – The Edinburgh Review At the moment Brian Hamill’s world is full of promise. The young writer, originally from Airdrie and now living in Glasgow, was one the winners of the 2012 Scottish […]

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, writers, Writing

Glasgow Writer: Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown works as a freelance copywriter and subtitler. She is a graduate of the Glasgow Uni Creative Writing MLitt. In 204, she was shortlisted for The Sceptre prize in 2014.   Her work has been published in ‘From Glasgow To Saturn’, ‘Gutter Magazine’ – The Magazine of New Scottish Writing and on the website […]

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Monday, May 9, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writer: Samina Chaudry

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Samina Chaudry was born in Manchester and then moved to Lahore as a child. After completing a Masters degree in English Literature from Punjab University she became a lecturer at Bahria College, Karachi. In 1999 she moved to Glasgow, where she worked part time for Breast Cancer Relief as well as Scottish Power. Recently she […]

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Saturday, May 7, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Willy Maley

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Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow; literary critic, editor, lecturer and writer. For a number of years I’ve been crossing paths with Willy Maley, not because I have a particular interest in literature from the Renaissance period but mainly because I am a big fan of the Scottish writer Muriel Spark. […]

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Stephen Watt, Poet

Stephen Watt Poet

Stephen Watt – Scottish poet and spoken word artist Stephen Watt was born in Dumbarton in 1979, and is a Scottish poet and spoken word artist. He is the author of the poetry collection ‘Spit’, and was crowned the Poetry Rivals Slam Champion in Peterborough in 2011 after beating 8,000 entrants. Since then, Stephen’s online […]

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Monday, May 2, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Pauline Lynch

Pauline Lynch

Glasgow Launch ‘Wildest of All’ Waterstones Sauchiehall Street 26 October, 2017 Pauline Lynch is an actor and writer. She began her professional life playing Lizzie in the film from the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting.  Since then she’s worked internationally in stage, film, TV and radio. In 2011 she joined the MLitt Creative Writing programme at […]

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Glasgow Writer: Micheal Norton

Micheal Norton is an Irish writer from a rural background in Tipperary. He lived and studied in Galway for ten years, initially at the Institute of Technology before undertaking a Masters in Script Writing at the National University of Ireland.  For the past five years he has lived in Glasgow. He enjoys reading books by […]

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Glasgow Writers: Phil Murnin

Phillip Murnin is a fiction writer, who has gained numerous awards for his work. He studied M.Litt Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where he won The Sceptre Prize for emerging writers. In 2014 he was awarded the Scottish Book Trust, New Writers’ Award 2014 and, in 2012, the Gillian Purvis Award for New […]

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Monday, April 25, 2016 | Filed under: Ten Writers Telling Lies, writers

The Carbeth Clearances

The Carbeth Clearances: An Item For The Land Reform Agenda. Ten miles north of Glasgow at Carbeth, over 100 tenants face eviction from their homes, or rather huts, they built at their own expense. For the best part of a century~ these huts, for which the tenants traditionally paid a fairly low ground rent, have […]

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

Phil Murnin: Glasgow Writer

Phillip Murnin is a fiction writer, who has gained numerous awards for his work. He studied M.Litt Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where he won The Sceptre Prize for emerging writers. In 2014 he was awarded the Scottish Book Trust, New Wriiters’ Award 2014 and, in 2012, the Gillian Purvis Award for New […]

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Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Gillian Mayes

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 Gillian Mayes is an academic who went over to the other side, taking the M.Litt. course in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. She has written a great deal, starting at aged eleven with diaries which had to be abandoned when her children learned to read. Not quite true, but a large task of editing will […]

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Sunday, March 27, 2016 | Filed under: Ten Writers Telling Lies, writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: James Carson

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It’s always a pleasure to read James Carson’s stories  – a thoughtful communicator and great listener with an irreverent sense of humour, he has an abundance of gifts to bring to the task of story telling and, with his talent for mimicry, it’s also a joy to watch him perform. James demonstrates an enviable dedication […]

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The Old Baths – Christina Byrne

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Social History Essay on Clydebank by Christina Byrne Go for a swim these days and you’ll find yourself in something called a Leisure Centre.  Swish and sophisticated it will have rooms with sprung dance floors and wall to wall mirrors for aerobic classes, a gym with lethal machines to trim, tone and torture, possibly a […]

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Writing

First School by Christina Byrne

(The Clydebank Blitz, evacuation, coupons  and going to primary school) We had been blitzed out of our house and evacuated to Airdrie. There we lived with a family of two adults and four children in a three-bedroomed house. Whilst some folk in our street went to live in large mansion-type houses, our hosts had a […]

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Writing

I Was A Child Of The Thirties – Christina Byrne

Christina Byrne – Essay on Growing Up in Clydebank I was a child of the thirties I was a child of the thirties and forties, growing up with rationing and war-time shortages, and one item that was in very short supply was money. My father had an allotment where he grew soft fruit and vegetables […]

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Writing

Christina Byrne – 17th December, 1936 – 17th December, 2012

A beautiful song Jim wrote in memory of his mother: Promise That We’ll Meet Again It was a terrible shock to her friends and family when Christina Byrne, my mother-in-law, did not recover from a heart operation just before Christmas, 2012. Christina, or Rena as she was also known, will be very much missed. She […]

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Sunday, December 27, 2015 | Filed under: Christina Byrne

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