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

Kavya Prize – New Writers Prize To Celebrate Scotland’s Ethnically Diverse Communities

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A new Scottish literary prize has been launched aimed at celebrating published work and new writing by Scotland’s ethnically diverse communities. The Kavya Prize, in association with the University of Glasgow, seeks to encourage Scottish black, indigenous, and people of colour writers – either living in Scotland or abroad. The inaugural prize for full-length published […]

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Second International Alasdair Gray Conference

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16-17 June 2022 Theme: Across Space & Form A two-day, interdisciplinary gathering held in Glasgow in the summer of 2022. Keynote Speakers Ali Smith – Internationally acclaimed novelist, short story writer and longtime Gray supporter Jenny Brownrigg – Exhibitions Director at the Glasgow School of Art Tickets Tickets for the whole two days of the […]

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Balloch Open Mic Blog: A New Kid On The Block

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Martin Goldie Despite only writing poetry for just over a year, sixty two year old Martin Goldie, has had poems published in ‘Writer’s Forum’ and the Scottish Poetry Publication ‘Wee Dreich and Dreich.’ He enjoys reading his poems live and online and regularly participates in live and zoom open mic events, including the Balloch Open […]

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Calton Ceilidh Open Mic 14 December, 2021

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Music and Spoken Word The Calton Bar, 415 London Rd, Glasgow G40 1AG Tuesday 14 December, 2021 at 7 p.m. Featured Artist Doctur Normul – the East End Chanteuse. Plus performers including: Ann Marie O’Hare Spike Munro Richard Lala Lesley O’Brien Douglas Thompson Louise Malone Eileen Farrelly plus other writers featured in: Floor spots still […]

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Scottish Writers Christmas Speakeasy 2021

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‘WHAT INSPIRES AND DELIGHTS’ DECEMBER 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM FREE – £3.00 Register for event. Join Scottish Writers’ speakeasy celebration at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street,  Glasgow G2 3JD Hear new voices and meet old friends with ‘What inspires and delights’. For those who cannot attend in person, please register to join […]

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Balloch Open Mic Blog: Interview with Evelyn Lawrie

‘Gie Me a Word’ Mary Irvine interviews debut author and regular supporter of Balloch Open Mic, Evelyn Lawrie. Where were you born/brought up? I was born and brought up in Bonhill in 1936. I went to Bonhill Primary and then the Vale of Leven Academy. Christie Primary School, in Middleton Street, was the original Academy. […]

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Book launch: Like A Tree Walking by Vahni Capildeo

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1 December, 2021 at 7 p.m. By Carcanet Press Online event celebrating the launch of Like a Tree, Walking by Vahni Capildeo, the 2021 Poetry Book Society Winter Choice. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poet Padraig Regan, joining Vahni to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience […]

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Community Ownership – Assets or Liabilities Online Discussion

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23 November, 2021 at 6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Glasgow Against Closures Event by Jim Monaghan and Fatima Uygun Join Glasgow Against Closures for an open discussion on the subject of Community Ownership, Asset Transfers and the implications of the People Make Glasgow Communities programme. All welcome. Event on Facebook

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Creative Conversations: Apphia Campbell

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Monday 22 November, 2021 University Chapel, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free Event  – Register at Eventbrite About this event Apphia Campbell is originally from United States, and graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance. In 2013 she wrote her critically acclaimed piece, ‘Black Is The Color […]

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Book Launch: Wild Women Of A Certain Age, Magi Gibson

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Tuesday, 7 December, 2021 at 7 p.m. Event by Magi Gibson Dram Glasgow 232 -246 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6ND Celebrate with Magi Gibson the publication of the 21st Anniversary Edition of this iconic poetry collection! It includes a new intro – and a few poems missed out first time round. In the ‘Wee Dram’ Magi […]

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Poetry and the Climate Crisis: Scotland and India

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Thursday 16 November, 2021 – Online University of Glasgow Arts Exploring poetry and the climate crisis through the works two great, international writers: Patrick Geddes and Rabindranath Tagore. About this event Part of the Being Human Festival 2021 How can poetry be of practical help in the climate crisis? How can it set the tone for […]

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The Landing Hub – COP26 Fringe Event

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29 October – 14 November, 2021 The Landing Hub is a vibrant, welcoming space where the climate and social justice movements meet the arts. The Space is a fringe event of COP26, and is running from the 29th of October to the 14th of November. The Landing Hub, is right next door to: The Sustainable […]

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GWL – Walking Tour with Denise Mina

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15 November, 2021, 12.30 – 1.30 p.m. Part of Book Week Scotland 2021 This event is part of the 2021 Book Week Scotland Digital Festival. It is a pre-recorded film. Join Crime writer Denise Mina and Glasgow Women’s Library volunteer Melody House on this special, conversational tour of the Glasgow Garnethill area. Denise’s debut novel Garnethill was […]

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Book Week Scotland: Writing Trumpet with Jackie Kay

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17th November, 2021 Film Jackie Kay’s debut novel Trumpet was first released in 1988 and received high critical acclaim. It won the Guardian First Fiction prize, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Inspired by the life of Billy Tipton, the novel explores the fallout left in the wake of the death […]

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Book Week Scotland – Built Upon the Rock SWC

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16 November,2021 – 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Stephen Watt – Poet in Residence Dumbarton Football Club Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Amongst his many other achievements, Stephen Watt has been  Dumbarton FC’s Poet-in-Residence since 2016.  This special Book Week Scotland Event by Scottish Writers Centre is supported by the […]

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COP26: A Radical Act of Love, Arborescence

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10 November, 2021, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Woodlands Community, 66 Ashley Street, GlasgowG3 6HW Woodlands Community – Local to Global at COP26 Hosted by Healy Arts and Prof Richard DeMarco The event will be a video presentation and a platform to discuss future projects relating to tree planting with particular reference to Joseph Beuys […]

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Calton Ceilidh anthology by Ruby McCann

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The anthology ‘Calton Ceilidh’ includes the work of many of the writers who performed at Cheeky Besom’s Glasgow’s Literary Lounge.   It also includes a link to audio musical performances and live poetry. The anthology is a celebration of Cheeky Besoms and ‘Calton Ceilidh’ edited by Ruby McCann – published by Rymour Books. The launch of […]

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What’s On in Glasgow: Books, Talks and Poetry Events

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(Ruby McCann, Poet, Editor, Publisher and Playwright) Glasgow is overflowing with literary fervour. Both established and up and coming writers can be heard reading their work at events in the city almost every night of the week. There are various book launches, spoken word events, literary festivals and writing workshops at various venues throughout the […]

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Monday, November 8, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Writing

COP26: Towards Net Zero – speakers and discussion

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 Wednesday 10 November 2021, 8 p.m. Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9HZ Supported by the Peace & Justice Project Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sarah Wooley (BFAWU), Roz Foyer (STUC), Mick Lynch (RMT), Denise Christie (Fire Brigades’ Union), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), Manuel Cortes (TSSA) With music from Calum Baird & Kevin P. Gilday How do we respond to the climate crisis?  What urgent action do we […]

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Climate Emergency Newsroom, University of Glasgow

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Monday 01 November 2021 – Friday 12 November 2021 09:00 – 16:00 COP 26 Online Ideas and Feedback Form 80 sixth year pupils from South Lanarkshire’s secondary schools Website Young people will become journalists, covering the events of COP26; interviewing climate leaders, advocates and scientists; exploring the local actions people can take to tackle climate […]

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Samantha Walton Creative Conversations

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Monday 1 November 2021 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University Memorial Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Register for event at Eventbrite Samantha Walton is a writer and editor based in Bristol. Her non-fiction book, Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure (Bloomsbury 2021) blends nature writing with […]

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Ann McLaren at Balloch Open Mic 1 November, 2021

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Monday, 1 November, 2021 at 7 p.m. Next Open Mic will be Monday, November 1st when the headliner will be Ann MacLaren. Ann’s short stories have appeared in anthologies by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Scottish Book Trust, Federation of Writers (Scotland) and Scottish Association of Writers. The author of Handle with Care and Other […]

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Creative Conversations: Frances Poet

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Monday 08 November 2021 at 13:00 – 14:00 University of Glasgow – Online Event Tickets at Evenbrite  Frances Poet is a Glasgow based writer. Stage plays include Fibres (Stella Quines/Citizens Theatre, Scottish tour 2019 and a filmed version made in collaboration with Solus in Autumn 2020), Gut (Writers’ Guild Best Play Award winner, UK Theatre […]

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Landscapes Without Figures, The American South West by Ian R. Mitchell

‘Landscapes without Figures’ shows a selection of 36 from the thousands of images Ian has taken of the American South West over a period of two decades, on almost yearly visits. It is an area whose natural landscape is a delight to any photographer and where the light, especially in winter when I tend to […]

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Scottish Poetry Library: Launch Poetry London 100th edition

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Friday 29th October, 2021 at 7 p.m. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichtons Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT Livestream can be accessed via Eventbrite Event by Poetry London Scottish Poetry Library Tickets Please join the Scottish launch of Poetry London’s 100th issue, marking 33 years in print as one of the leading international poetry magazines. With Niall Campbell, […]

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Talks, The Hunterian, Black History Month 2021

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Programme 12, 19 and 26 October, 2021 INSIGHT TALK – HUNTERIAN MUSEUM Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:00 PM  2:00 PM 82 Hillhead StreetGlasgow, Scotland, G12 8QQ On Tuesdays throughout October, Curators from the Hunterian Museum will choose objects from the Collections connected to Black history and in use short talks to offer an insight on their […]

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The Girl, The Crow, The Writer And The Fighter – Debut Novel by George Paterson

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The Girl, The Crow, The Writer And The Fighter  is Published by: Into Books Format: Hardback, Pages: 396 Publication: October 2021 Book Launch – 5 November, 2021 George Paterson invites you to a special event to mark the launch of his debut novel.  Spoken word & music performances.   The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow […]

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Publishing Scotland Fiction Showcase

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Tuesday 16 Nov 2021, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  Online, YouTube Publishing Scotland is delighted to present a digital showcase of fantastic fiction from Scottish publishers, with particular focus on dazzling debuts. Discover a brilliant array of writers, a variety of fictional worlds and (possibly!) your new favourite characters in this celebration of new writing talent. Spotlight Will Shine […]

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Folk Wi’ The Patter – Shaun Moore

14th October, 2021 at 7 p.m. Event by CC’s – Callum’s Cavern – Live Venue 66 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP (Located just above The Patter Bar, we are a one minute walk from Gilmour St Station.) Part of Paisley’s “Spree For All” Festival Award winning poet, comedian, musician and all round raconteur, Mr Shaun […]

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Black History Month, Being A Black Woman in Society Today

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Glasgow University Student of Colour Network On Tuesdays evenings throughout October, Glasgow University Student of Colour Network are hosting a collection of panel discussions that explore identity, intersectionality and race. Free Event, streamed live on GUSRC Youtube Channel.

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