Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events.

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Books, talks and poetry events. Glasgow has everything on offer for lovers of literature, including major book festivals, book launches, poetry slams and spoken word open mics.

Plenty to choose from with events showcasing new talent as well as acclaimed writers and poets.

Events and New Books To Watch Out For

Freddy Anderson – collected poems and prose book release

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BOOK RELEASE – ‘Freddy Anderson: Collected Poems & Prose’ (Hog’s Back Press an Imprint of Rymour Books, 2020). Freddy Anderson (1922 – 2001) born in Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland, came to Glasgow after the war. He was a well-known figure in the city and amongst the Scottish Literary scene. This is the first collected edition […]

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Tidelines Book Festival 2020

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24 – 27 September, 2020 Tidelines are taking the festival online this September What’s happening? They are running a series of four sessions around the themes of Poetry, History, Fiction, and Crime over the Festival weekend 24–27 September. All free. All events will be available on Tidelines YouTube Channel Programme Thursday 24 September, 2020 Liz Lochhead: One […]

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You’re Only Young Twice – Digital Doors Open Day 2020

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A lively discussion of Terry Bishop’s neglected 1952 campus comedy classic ‘You’re Only Young Twice’, filmed at the University of Glasgow. 17 September, 2020 7.30 pm – 8.30 p.m. About this Event You’re Only Young Twice James Bridie, Irish-Scottish Studies & the University of Glasgow on Film Join a lively discussion led by Professor Willy Maley on […]

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Fury by David Morley – Carcanet Press Online Book Launch

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Online event – Tickets Wednesday, 9 September 2020 from 19:00-20:00  Hosted by Carcanet Press, Yvonne Reddick and David Morley Please join Carcanet Press online to celebrate the launch of David Morley’s new poetry collection, FURY. The collection is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and currently shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Hosting the reading will be […]

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The History of Scottish Pen – Online

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Online event – Free Friday 11 September, 2020, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Hosted by Scottish PEN Tickets via Eventbrite A discussion on the upcoming centenary of PEN International and Scotland’s history of promoting literature and defending free expression. ‘With PEN approaching its centenary in 2021 and Scottish PEN (founded 1927) an early part of […]

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Creative Conversations: Jemma Neville

Creative Conversations College of Arts – Zoom Event Monday 28 September 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets at Eventbrite  Jemma Neville is a writer with a background in human rights law. She is Director of the national development agency for community-led arts, Voluntary Arts Scotland. She was the inaugural Community Fellow at the Institute […]

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Zoom and online events

Creative Conversations: Nicholson Baker

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Creative Conversations College of Arts – University of Glasgow  Thursday 17 September 2020 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Zoom Event Tickets at Eventbrite Nicholson Baker ‘s novels are A Box of Matches, The Fermata, Room Temperature, The Mezzanine, House of Holes, Vox, The Anthologist and Travelling Sprinkler  (both featuring ‘beloved hero and poet Paul Chowder’). His works of nonfiction include U & I , Human Smoke, […]

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Creative Conversations: Andrew O’Hagan

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS & TIDELINES PRESENT: ANDREW O’HAGAN Thursday 03 September 2020, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Zoom Event Register for Tickets ‘Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the hands of friends. Beautifully written – wise, funny, poetic, alert to time, place and the ordinary human… I adored this book.’ Carol Ann Duffy […]

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Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

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Zoom Events during Coronavirus Pandemic Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Andrew O’Hagan Zoom Event 3 September, 2020 Creative Conversations: Andrew O’Hagan Nicholson Baker – Zoom Event 17 September, 2020 at 5 p.m. See Full Details Jemma Neville, Monday 28 September, […]

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Kayus Bankole & Kei Miller: Edinburgh Book Festival

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Kayus Bankole & Kei Miller: Outriders Africa from East to West  Mon 31 Aug, 2020 11:30 – 12:30 The New York Times Main Theatre Online  Free, online As part of the Book Festival’s Outriders programme exploring the shifting landscapes of contemporary Africa, hear from award-winning writer Kei Miller, whose barnstorming latest poetry collection, In Nearby Bushes, was tipped […]

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Bloody Scotland 2020 – Online

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A note from Festival Director – Bob McDevitt ‘What began with disappointment and seemingly endless challenges has turned into a genuine opportunity to try something a bit different this year. The festival has a truly epic scale from our biggest ever panel featuring no less than 27 authors to a session that will bring five continents online […]

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Glasgow Women’s Library Bold Types Writing Competition

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Bold Types: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition Be bold and submit your short stories and poems to Glasgow Women’s Library annual writing competition!  Following Book Week Scotland theme – FUTURE . So, cast your mind into the future and e-mail your short stories and poems of up to 1000 words (either in a Word Document […]

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A Very Quiet Street – exploring Glasgow’s history with Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh

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A Very Quiet Street? Exploring the hidden histories of West Princes Street and Queens Crescent. About this Event Writers Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh lead a half-mile walk along West Princes Street & Queen’s Crescent engaging with two hundred years of social and cultural history, including North Atlantic slavery, city planning, art, literature, music, crime, […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival: Richard Holloway

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Richard Holloway: The Human Need for Stories  Tuesday 25 August, 2020  16:00 – 17:00  The New York Times Main Theatre Online  Free, online As one of the most beloved public thinkers of our times, Richard Holloway has often given voice to the deep feelings and concerns that so many of us struggle to articulate clearly. […]

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Celebrating Ten Years of Woodlands Community Garden

19 and 20 September, 2020 Woodlands Community Garden, 91 – 101 West Prince Street, Glasgow G4 9BY Woodlands Community Garden and online celebrating 10 years of the Woodlands Community Garden at Woodlands Workspace. A weekend of walk through, socially distanced activities to celebrate the story of the garden and highlight some of  Woodlands Community Development […]

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Hannah Lavery, Govanhill Book Festival

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Thursday 27 August, 2020 – 7 p.m. Hannah is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer. Her poetry has been published by Gutter Magazine, The Scotsman Newspaper and others. Her first pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press (October 2018) and her poetry pamphlet, Finding Seaglass: Poems from The Drift, was recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival – Kirstin Innes: Who is Clio Campbell?

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Friday 21 August, 2020 16:00 – 17:00 The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Rarely does a novel set the Scottish literary scene abuzz in the way Scabby Queen has, counting amongst its fans figures as wide-ranging as Janice Galloway, Ian Rankin and Nicola Sturgeon. Sexy rock starlet, veteran political activist, symbol of a nation […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival James Tait Black Prizes

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH EVENT Friday 21 August, 2020 14:30 – 15:30 The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Sponsored by The UK’s longest-running literary prizes are awarded in this special event with broadcaster Sally Magnusson, who hosts a joyous celebration of the year’s best works of fiction and biography. On the 2020 […]

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Stuart Cosgrove, Govanhill Book Festival

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Friday 28 August, 2020 at 7 p.m. Online on Facebook Stuart Cosgrove is a well know writer and broadcaster. His “Soul Trilogy” Detroit 67, Memphis 68 and Harlem 69 weave a wonderful story of soul music set against a backdrop of civil rights, the war in Vietnam and disaffected youth. They are particularly relevant today […]

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Denise Mina, Govanhill Book Festival 2020

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Monday 24, August, 2020 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Denise has published 12 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame. Denise presents TV and radio programmes as well as regularly appearing in the media, and has made a film about […]

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Govanhill International Festival 2020

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21 until 31 August, 2020 Govanhill International Festival – now in its fourth year, is an anti-racist festival. It celebrates the contribution immigrants have made to the diversity, culture, community and the rich history of the area. Elven days of film, music, books, talks, walks, art, kids activities and more! Join in and celebrate the […]

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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: Uganda’s First Woman of Fiction

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Edinburgh Book Festival Online  Wed 19 August, 2020 14:30 – 15:30 The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online CAPTIONED EVENT Sponsored by Ugandan short story writer and novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi burst onto the scene when she won The Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 with her first novel Kintu. Since then, she’s garnered legions […]

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Marian Keyes – Edinburgh Book Festival Online

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Marian Keyes: Family Matters  Wed 19 August, 2020 19:00 – 20:00  The New York Times Main Theatre Online  Free, online Captioned event. Marian Keyes didn’t start writing until her twenties, she felt that she was ‘all washed up at 30.’ But readers have had a love affair with Keyes that has lasted over two decades […]

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Philippe Sands with Ian Rankin: On the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

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Edinburgh Book Festival Online 2020 Tuesday 18 August, 2020 19:00 – 20:00  The New York Times Main Theatre Online  Free, online Philippe Sands’s much celebrated memoir East West Street, which won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize, expertly interwove the personal story of his ancestors in the Ukrainian city of Lviv with a professional interest in the establishment […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival Online: THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE EVENT

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 Mon 17 August, 2020 14:30 – 15:30 Michele Hutchison & Marieke Lucas Rijneveld: Reap What You Sow The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Sponsored by ‘Great art doesn’t just reinforce or reassure: the authors we love challenge us; they illuminate new perspectives, make us question our certainties. They discomfort us.’ From its […]

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Get Adventurous with Lily Dyu & Helen Skelton

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Edinburgh Book Festival  Tuesday 18 August, 2020 16:00 – 17:00 Baillie Gifford Children’s Theatre Online Free, online Sponsored by AGE 8+ Would you like to race across mountains, fly into space or journey to Antarctica? Well, why don’t you? In this live event you’ll be inspired to get active and get adventurous after hearing the […]

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Val McDermid – Portrait of a Criminal

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Edinburgh Book Festival Online  Sat 15 Aug, 2020 17:30 – 18:30  The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Captioned and BSL interpreter viewing options. Use the toggle on the videoplayer page to choose which version to watch. BSLEvent With Val McDermid’s iconic detective soon set to hit our screens, it couldn’t be a […]

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Stuart Cosgrove ‘The Soul of Muhammad Ali’

Edinburgh Book Festival  Monday 17 August, 2020 11:30 – 12:30 The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Following on from his acclaimed Soul Trilogy about the American soul music scene in the 1960s, much-loved Scottish broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove returns to the American post-war era with his highly topical new book. In Cassius […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival The New York Times Book Review Live

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THE NEW YORK TIMES SERIES Sunday 16 August, 2020 17:30 – 18:30 The New York Times Main Theatre Online Free, online Sponsored by ‘There is an intimacy to reading: it’s just us and the author; our subjective response and their generous, imaginative understanding of a world that we share but may struggle to articulate. Yet […]

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Edinburgh Book Festival Books for Sale

Bookshop is Now Online The Edinburgh International Book Festival Bookshop is now open for business! The Bookshop offers titles from every author in the 2020 programme and showcases a range of books from Scottish publishers. You can search by genre and title and also browse by events in the programme, making it easy to find the […]

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