once upon a time book festival

23rd – 26th, September 2022

After  five-years the Byres Road Book Festival is back with an exciting four day programme of over 20 events.

Meet the Author

These events include acclaimed authors: Lin Anderson, Graeme Macrae Burnet  and Chris Brookmyre

Lin Anderson, author of The Party House, a newly released psychological thriller set in the Scottish Highlands said: “I am thrilled for the return of the Byres Road Book Festival and to be appearing there once again.  This is my series protagonist Dr Rhona MacLeod’s home turf. As it was mine for many years.

Time I put the festival in one of the Rhona books…But I promise not to murder any of the participants…or do I?”

The programme will also have workshops such as bookbinding and zine making, family friendly events for children of all ages (Bookbug at Hillhead Library 24 September, kids 0 – 5)and events celebrating authors of Gaelic literature.

George Paterson and David Ross

Saturday 24 September, 6 p.m. Waterstones Byres Road

Byres Road Book Festival – George Paterson & David Ross at Waterstones

Gaelic Strand

There will be a strong Gaelic strand to the event with Morag Law and Niall O’Gallagher making appearances. Gillebride Macmillian will also feature with an animated reading of the translated version of Captain Bobo for younger readers.

Byres Road Book Festival: Meet the Author: Niall O’Gallagher)(Fo Bhlàth)

Alison Lang of the Gaelic Books Council said: “The Gaelic Books Council is proud to support the Byres Road Book Festival. The West End has for many years been home to Glasgow’s Gaelic community, and it’s fitting that we should celebrate new Gaelic stories and poetry as part of Glasgow’s vibrant literary scene.”


Festival venues will include:

Waterstones Book Shop, 351-355 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

The Oxfam Bookshop, 330 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP

The Gaelic Books Council Shop, 32 Mansfield St, Partick, Glasgow G11 5QP

John Turner, Chairman of Byres Road and the Lanes Business Improvement District, who are co-ordinating the event said: “I am an avid reader, and just finished reading a novel by Scotland’s Queen of Crime, Val McDermid, in which the young murder victim lived on Havelock Street and worked in a hair salon on Byres Road. The case turned on the question of whether she took the Clockwork Orange into town on the night in question, or the No 16 bus.

So it should come as no surprise to find Byres Road at the heart of all things literary.
We are very much looking forward to the renewed Book Festival, with its planned range of events and activities for bookworms of all ages.

As long as Lin Anderson allows us to survive the weekend, that is……”

The festival will offer audiences of all ages a chance to creatively connect with some of their favourite authors in an interactive and novel way; embracing the local and celebrating the universal.

Download Programme (PDF)


Tickets for all events are free (a small booking fee may apply for larger events) and available from www.byresroadbookfestival.com


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Byres Road Book Festival - George Paterson & David Ross at Waterstones

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