Architecture and Literature collaboration between SWC and GSA, 15 April, 7 p.m. CCA, Sauchiehall Street

Tuesday 15th April 2014, 7pm to 8.30pm,

CCA Club Room, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD

‘Architecure & Literature’ collaboration between the SWC & GSA.

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Scottish Writers’ Centre together with Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) and  University Architecture Department and various architecture schools across Europe (Berlin, Dublin, Naples, Stuttgart, Vienna, Weimer) instigated a project for 4th and 5th year students to design a new “literary institute” in Glasgow. 

jacquelineThis has resulted in a series of exhibitions across Europe and a book showcasing many of the students’ designs – for five sites in Glasgow.  Included in the book are four short stories by Glasgow writers; Magi Gibson, Donal McLaughlin, Douglas Thompson and Brian Whittingham, who were commissioned to explore the relationship between literature and architecture. Current and outgoing chairpersons of the Scottish Writers Centre, Jacqueline Smith and Douglas Thompson, collaborated with the Mackintosh School in developing the brief and reviewing the projects. (This brief coincided with one of the primary aims of the Scottish Writers Centre themselves: to raise funds for a permanent new home in which the functions of the organisation could grow and blossom in a future Scotland.)

On the 15th April at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, the writers will be reading from their work, alongside Mackintosh School tutors Mark Baines and Johnny Rodger.


Magi Gibson is a poet, short story writer and children’s writer. She lives in Glasgow and is currently Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library.

donalDonal McLaughlin, from Northern Ireland, has lived in Scotland since 1970. The author of an allergic reaction to national anthems & other stories, his second collection – beheading the virgin mary & other stories – is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive early in 2014. Donal also translates from German.

douglas thompsonDouglas Thompson graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1989, and won the Grolsch/Herald prize for new Scottish writing in the same year, and second prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2007. He was made a director of The Scottish Writers’ Centre in autumn 2011 and has been its chairman since autumn 2012..

brianwBrian Whittingham was born in Glasgow and has had five poetry collections published, the most recent being Clocking in Clocking Out (A collection of poems and photographs about people who work.). He has had five plays written & performed and has had a variety of short fiction published.

gsaMark Baines worked with Gillespie Kidd & Coia until 1979 and has taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture since 1982. During this period he also worked on a number of housing projects, most notably at Glasgow Cross with Gholami Baines Ltd. He has curated exhibitions on the work of Alexander Thomson, Gillespie Kidd & Coia and Architectural Drawing as well as writing and lecturing on these subjects.

johnnyrJohnny Rodger  is a Reader in Urban Literature at the GSA and has edited The Drouth Magazine with Mitch Miller since 2001. He has also published 12 books, including Contemporary Glasgow (Rutland Press, 1999), A Guide to recent Architecture in Edinburgh (Ellipsis/Batsford, 2001), and Gillespie Kidd & Coia 1956-87 (RIAS, 2007).

Full details – Scottish Writers Centre

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