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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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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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Glasgow Writers: Graeme Macrae Burnet

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(Photography by CJ Monk) It just gets better and better. Graeme shortlisted for the Man Booker Well done, Graeme: His Bloody Project names on Man Booker Prize Longlist 2016 The Saltire Fiction Book of the Year and is due to published in over 20 countries. Graeme Macrae Burnet will be reading at Creative Conversations, University […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glasgow Writers: Stephen Watt, Poet

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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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Glasgow Writers: Pauline Lynch

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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 the University of Glasgow. (I started the same day and Pauline […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Glass Nylons and Woollen Combinations by Christina Byrne

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Starting work in Clydebank in the 50’s ‘You can start on Monday and the wage is 29/6d. a week with 2/5d. off for National Insurance.’ It was 1951 and I had been offered my first job. I was to work in the Scotch Wool and Hosiery Stores in Glasgow Road, Clydebank. I started at nine […]

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Glasgow Writers: Chris Dolan

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Chris will lead discussion at  the event Ethel MacDonald: An Anarchist’s Story part of Havana Glasgow Film Festival at CCA on 17 Novbember, 2016.  Book Launch: Lies of the Land, the second Maddy Prior novel, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1 June, 2016 at 6.30 p.m. Rebus – A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin. Adapted for […]

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

Genova – La Superba, Glasgow with sunshine – April, 2017 West Texas Highs; Be In Your Own Movie by Ian R. Mitchell – July, 2016. Bothy Life 9 December, 2015 Following In The Footsteps of Maclean and Maxwell, Ian R. Mitchell, The Herald, 11 July, 2015  Glasgow Shawfield Riot of 1725 – Wee Scotch Whisky […]

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Bernard MacLaverty: Glasgow Writer

I love going along to Literary Events in Glasgow and some of my favourite excursions last year involved listening to readings by the Northern Irish, Glasgow based author, Bernard MacLaverty.  Two brilliant events I attended were Literary Lunchtimes at Bar Gandolfi in Glasgow’s Merchant City and the Wee Literary Festival at St Louis, Bar Cafe […]

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Bernard MacLaverty – Award Winning Writer

by Pat Byrne, 2003 Bernard’s new book ‘Matters of Life and Death’ is doing very well. This collection of short stories has been applauded by Anne Enright in her review on Guardian Unlimited. Matters of Life and Death – can be purchased at Amazon. (Spring 2006). Bernard MacLaverty: Glasgow Writers  – Pat Byrne, February 2015. […]

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Glasgow Writer: Kathleen O’Rourke

Kathleen O’Rourke.   A Well-Beloved Star (Linda Jackson) The last two years brought a very special woman into my life. She was Kathleen O’Rourke: a poet, teacher and an inspiration to those who met her. Kathleen died suddenly on Jan 12th and is, and will be, a huge loss to those who knew her. She worked […]

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