Byres Road Book Festival, 23 – 26 September, 2016

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Byres Road Book Festival 2017

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New Glasgow West End Book Festival

Fabulous Programme with a range of writers, poets, performers and activities over four days at three separate venues. Oxfam Bookshop, Hillhead Library and Waterstones – all situated conveniently at at the top of Byres Road.


Bookarama at Oxfam Book Shop

During the festival Oxfam will be offering 50% off all books published by Penguin, Puffin and Pelican.

Check out the full programme


Poetry Busking Oxfam Bookshop

Friday, September 23, 2016

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Busking with a difference at Oxfam Bookshop Byres Road. Slam poets perform their own work.
If you like what you hear you can donate a pound or two to support Oxfam’s work.

During the busking session, the shop will be open as usual, allowing customers to browse and shop. Or settle down for some excellent entertainment

Buskers for the afternoon:

  • Stephen Watt 
  • Iona Lee
  • Robin Cairns
  • Carly Brown
  • Katie Ailes
  • Catherine Wilson
  • Kirsty Nicolson
  • Ross McFarlane

Murder with a Smile

Hillhead Library

Friday, September 23, 2016

6 pm – 7 pm
Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP
With Aline Templeton, Douglas Skelton and Matt Bendoris – the three authors will discuss the humorous side of crime.

Chaired by Mark Leggatt – the author of  Names of the Dead and The London Cage, The Silk Road, third book in the series, will be published in June 2017

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Graeme Macrae Burnet & Martin MacInnes

Friday, September 23, 2016

Waterstones Byres Road

7 p.m.

Crime with a twist – messing with the narrative
A conversation with Graeme Macrae Burnet and Martin MacInnes
Graeme Macrae Burnet’s lastest novel, ‘His Bloody Project’, has been longlisted for the Booker Prize. His debut novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau was listed in The List’s Top Scottish Books of 2014.

Martiin MacInnes is a winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the Manchester Fiction Prize. His debut novel ‘Infinite Ground’ was published in August 2016 to critical acclaim.
Graeme and Martin will discuss their sideways approach to the crime/detective genre and talk about the different story-telling and narrational techniques they use in their writing.

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Douglas Lindsay

Douglas Lindsay will talk about the long process of turning his book The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson into a film. He will discuss his latest novely Song Of The Dead and read from one of his novels.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP

Tracking a Killer: forensics in crime fiction

Saturday, September 24, 2016

1 p.m.– 2 p.m.

Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP

Combining forensic fact and forensic fiction: Lin Anderson discusses her latest novel None But The Dead based in Sanday, one of the Orkney Islands.The book features soil evidence in tracking a killer. For forensic soil scientist Professor Lorna Dawson, that’s in her job description – she was, In fact, involved in similar work in a real life Sanday murder.

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Ann Cleeves’ Murder Mystery Night

Saturday, September 24, 2016

6.30 p.m.– 8.30 p.m.

Oxfam Bookshop 330 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP United Kingdom

Fancy yourself as a sleuth? Crime writer Ann Cleeves has developed a murder mystery game.  Which will be presented by crime writer and Herald columnist Russel D. McLean. Listen to the details of a gruesome murder and meet the four prime suspects put foreward their case. Enjoy some light refreshments and browse Oxfam’s bookshelves as you consider your verdict.

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Denise Mina

Saturday, 24 September

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Hillhead Library

A West End resident and award-winning novelist Denise Mina part of Scotland’s Tartan Noir has more recently moved into comic book writing and graphic novels. She will be talking about her writing including her latest novel, ‘Blood, Salt, Water’.
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Chris Brookmyre

Sunday, September 25, 2016
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP United Kingdom

Chris will be talking about his latest book, ‘Black Widow’, which is longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize and shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger. Contemporary Issues he tackles include everyday sexism, hacking and social media trolls.

He has also resurrected his charcterJack Parlabane, maverick reporter who has returned to Edinburgh and the flat which was the setting for Brookmyre’s award-winning debut, ‘Quite Ugly One Morning’
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Bookbinding workshop

Sunday, September 25, 2016
6.15 p.m.

Oxfam Bookshop 330 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP
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Chris Dolan

Sunday, September 25, 2016

7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Waterstones 351-355 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8QZ

Let Chris Dolan entertain you with readigns from his book and some music. Waterstones is delighted to welcome Chris back to the store, as he took part in the first author event when the store opened last year.

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The Jungle Book Day

Monday, September 26, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Celebrating Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, The Jungle Book. Jungle-themed fun and activities for kids including crafts, quizzes, face painting, balloon animals and games.

Also storytelling at 12 noon and 2pm for some fantastic jungle themed storytelling from Kirsty Nicolson, the Storyteller Babysitter.

Creatures of the Deep

Monday, September 26, 2016

11:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.

Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP United Kingdom

Children’s writing workshop with Emily Ilett.

Create your own scary sea monster and write your own stories about the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep.

Suitable for ages 7-12.
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Spy Quest

Monday, September 26, 2016
12:00 – 1 p.m.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8AP

Have fun with this online, interactive, modern day treasure hunt. Augmented Reality software will help your quest, as you try to solve the case of ‘The Cursed Diamond’.

David Goutcher, co-author of ‘Spy Quest – Polybius: The Urban Legend’, has created this award winning interactive family entertainment game based on the ‘Spy Quest’ series. He will talk about the books and lead event.

Suitable for families and children aged 7 and above.
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thumble tumble and the ollpheist

Thumble Tumble and the Ollpheist

26 September – 3 to 4 p.m.

A story about witches and dragons. As with all good fairy stories, there is the balance of good and evil.

Come along and hear AH Proctor read Thumble Tumble and the Ollpheist.

Hillhead Library,
348 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP
0141 276 1617

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A Play, A Pint and A Pint Miss Veitch's Roses, OranMor Mon, 19 September, 2016 — Sat, 24 September, 2016
Doors Open Days The Lighthouse, 17 and 18 September, 2016

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