Byres Road Book Festival, 21 – 25 September, 2017

byres road book festival

byres road book festival

Byres Road Book Festival returns for its second year with a fabulous programme of readings, discussions and conversations. These will take place between 22 – 25 September, 2017 at  three local venues: The Oxfam Bookshop, Hillhead Library and Waterstones Byres Road.


Christopher Brookmyre

22nd September, 2017 – Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

Christopher Brookmyre – whose book Black Widow was named ‘crime novel of the year ‘at the Theakston Old Peculier crime writing festival – will appear at Byres Road Book Festival 0n 22 September at Hillhead Library. Chris will read from his new book Want You Gone, followed by a question and answer session. Want You Gone (Little, Brown), has been longlisted for the McIlvanney prize 2017.  His readings are invariably lively and very entertaining.

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Kevin Scott, Andrew Ferguson And Margot Mccuaig

Appearing at Waterstones Byres Road on Thursday 21 September, 2017 – 7.30 p.m.

Kevin Scott is a Glasgow-based author and journalist. His debut novel Dead Cat Bounce was published in 2017 by Thunderpoint Publishing. Telling 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 very well-received. A graduate of the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing MLitt, he was short listed for the Sceptre Prize – he is also business correspondent at The Herald.

Andrew C Ferguson’s short fiction has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Hope that Kills Us; Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic; A Mosque Among the Stars; and Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction. His poetry has appeared in the magazines Chapman, Brand, Iota, Word Salad Magazine, Gutter and Farrago’s Wainscot. He is also a spoken word performer and musician, writing a regular blog at
His novel The Wrong Box was published by Thunderpoint Publishing in April 2017.

Margot McCuaig is a novelist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her debut novel, The Birds That Never Flew, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014. A second edition was published in 2015. Margot produces and directs documentary films and won Royal Television Society Scotland awards in 2015 with Jock Stein and another for Jim Baxter in 2016. (

Waterstones Byres Road, 351-355 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU

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Gail Honeyman at Waterstones Byres Road – sold out

Friday, 22 September, 2017 –  7 p.m.- 8.30 p.m.

Award winning author Gail Honeyman will talk about her wonderful debut book ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’.

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Waterstones Byres Road, 351-355 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU

Caileideascop by David Eyre

Saturday, 23 September, 2017 1 p.m. –  2 p.m.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

Cailèideascop is David Eyre’s first novel and has been hotly anticipated in Gaelic literary circles. A Gaelic learner from Glasgow, David has spent his working life as a journalist and press officer and has previously published Glainne, a novella for young adults and a wide range of poetry. Cailèideascop (Kaleidoscope) is a thriller about the interconnectivity of the universe which leads the reader on an epic journey from the Isle of Skye to the moons of Jupiter.

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Four Crime Writers In Search of a Plot

Saturday 23 September 5 – 6 p.m.

Join crime writers Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Douglas Skelton as they create – before your very eyes – an exciting (and more than likely off beat) crime story.

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Tendai Huchu photography Bob McDevitt

Tendai Huchu at Hillhead Library – Cancelled

24 September, 2917 – 4 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tendai will be in discussion with Kaite Welsh, whose latest novel, The Wages of Sin, a historical crime novel set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh was published in June 2017.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

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Scottish PEN: MANY VOICES, Karen Campbell and Kerrie O’Brien

Sunday 24 September, 2017 4 – 5 p.m.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

This exciting new project aims to amplify voices that are often excluded from the public conversation – providing a platform so their stories can reach a wider audience.

In partnership with the charity Move On, Karen Campbell has been working with a group of people affected by homelessness, supporting them to creatively explore the stories that matter to them through spoken and written word. Their work will be shared at Byrs Road Book Festival  Book Festival with Karen and Kerrie reading their own work and discuss the experience of working with Many Voices.

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Louise Welsh, Sara Sheridan and surprise author

24 September, 2017 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

At Bloody Scotland Festival twelve of Scotland’s best crime writers use the sinister side of the country’s built heritage in stories which are gripping, chilling and redemptive.

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Alan Dapré – children’s author

25 September, 2017 – 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

Alan Dapré has worked as a teacher, BBC Radio playwright, children’s TV scriptwriter and author of educational fiction and non-fiction titles. He currently writes humorous books for young readers, and lives on the west coast of Scotland.

In this zany new series from Alan Dapré, Porridge the Tartan Cat purrfectly CAT-a-logs the family’s hilarious adventures from a cat’s-eye perspective. With wacky twists, silly word play and meow-nificent illustrations in every chapter, readers won’t even want to paws for breath.

Oxfam Book Shop

330 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP

One of Oxfam’s busiest and most vibrant bookshops will participate in the Byres Road Book Festival with events including: bookbinding, upcycling and zine making workshops, a book quiz night and a superhero event for kids.

Teen Zine Workshop

Saturday, 23 September, 2017 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Zine making workshop for crafty teens, ages 12-18. Learn how to find and use old books, magazines and odd n’ ends to make your very own zine! Glasgow Zine Fest (GZF) is a non-profit celebration of this DIY outlet for art and ideas.

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Upcycle your memories with Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw

24th of September, 2017 between 9.30 and 11.30 am.

Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw, local artist and passionate recycler will be leading a Free workshop @ The Oxfam bookshop byres road, 330 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP

In this workshop Elisabeth will use old maps and musical sheets to create beautiful journal or memory book.

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Elisabeth runs regular workshops in Glasgow and regularly works with Oxfam’s material to produce her mixed media pieces or up-cycled furniture. (See her recent blog – make the world a better place and home more beautiful)

See More on Oxfam Byres Road Facebook


Monday, 25 September, 2017 7.00 – 8.30 p.m.

Waterstones Byres Road, 351-355 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AU

Bernard MacLaverty will be reading from ‘Midwinter Break’, his first novel in 16 years.

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Don’t miss this fabulous finale to the festival.
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