Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events.

During Coronavirus Pandemic, with events cancelled and venues closed, initiative has been used to create Zoom and Online Events – get in touch and let me know about yours. Email Pat

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

Sonnet Youth Social Club

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Thursday 9 July, 2020 Sonnet Youth Social Club brings together some of our favourite artists to create that unique SY vibe and stream incredible performances direct to your homes. LINE-UP: Hannah Lavery Hannah is a short story writer, poet and playwright. Her pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press (Oct 2018) […]

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Anna (Young Adults Book) by Laura Guthrie

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Anna by Laura Guthrie (YA Paperback 13+) £8.99 Thirteen-year-old Anna has Asperger’s. When her father dies she moves to Scotland to face her reclusive mother, her past, and the challenges of a new life in this life-affirming debut ‘Anna is on the Scottish Book Trust’s ’30 novels to look out for in 2020’ and Books from Scotland’s ‘Who we’re […]

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Bloody Scotland 2020 – Debut Shortlist and McIlvanney Prize Longlist

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Debut shortlist & McIlvanney Prize longlist 2020 announced!  23rd June, 2020 There will be no Bloody Scotland gathering in Stirling in September but the prizes must go on! The shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year and the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year […]

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A Northern Extravaganza with Shetlandic Poets Christie Williamson and Roseann Watt

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A Northern Extravaganza in the Land of Zoom 30 June, 2020 – 7 p.m. until 8.30 p.m.  Free – For Members of Scottish Writers Centre Email to arrange membership A Northern extravaganza in the Land of Zoom.  Join Shetlandic poets Christie Williamson and Roseanne Watt for an evening of poetry and discussion. Roseanne Watt is a poet, […]

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Creative Pollination: Exploration and Creative Writing Woodlands Community

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Four Week Course – 23 June – 17 July, 2020 As a part of Woodlands Nature Recovery Project, join in a creative journey out of lockdown and into enlivening relationship with the living world! A four-week adventure of experiential herbalism, place-based explorations and creative writing. Combining personal, collaborative and free-flow approaches to writing, the project […]

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‘Doors tae Naewye’ poetry by Christie Williamson

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Doors tae Naewye by Christie Williamson (published by Luath Press) £8.99 (Available to buy at Luath Press) Supported by the Scottish Book Trust ‘Doors tae Naewye’ is a book of broken sequences, with nearly three quarters of the poetry being in Shetlandic, and the rest in English. ‘My first collection was the result of over […]

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Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis

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Published by Vagabond Voices, November, 2019   Blessed Assurance is a coming of age novel. It is set against the backdrop of a small close-knit evangelical community in the fictional Scottish village of Kilhaugh one fog bound December in the late nineteen sixties when the Cold War was on the brink of turning hot. The […]

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The Poets’ Time – weekly meetings with Linda Jackson on Zoom

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Wednesday, 17 June, 2020, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Zoom. The Poets’ Time’ is a series of six weekly meetings run by Linda Jackson via the Zoom platform. A new class for reading, writing and sharing poetry. An opportunity on Zoom to learn, connect and have fun with a vibrant community of writers. ‘Classes […]

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A Celebration of Birds: Sharing stories, memories and hope

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Woodlands Community – Zoom Event Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. During Lockdown many of us have spent more time than usual observing nature close to home, including the birds in our gardens, trees and on our street corners. In this informal and interactive session participants  will share what they have learnt […]

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Makar to Makar, Jackie Kay with Imtiaz Dharker and Suzanne Bonnar

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Series of live-streamed conversation, spoken word and music gigs Thursdays at 7 p.m. Created, curated and hosted by Jackie Kay, the Makar and the National Poet for Scotland, Makar to Makar will showcase a dazzling line-up of established lyrical talent and emerging voices on Thursdays at 7pm. This week Jackie is joined by poet, artist […]

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Life is too short online readings and recorded performances

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Sky Above Me Earth Below Me Fire Within Me With Rose Ann Fraser Ritchie 10 June and multiple dates Free Book at EventBrite For email information regarding link to Zoom.

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Historic Significance of Ellisland Farm, Centre for Robert Burns

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Friday 5 June, 2020, 11 a.m. The Centre for Robert Burns Studies University of Glasgow and Ellisland Farm teams will participate with  Prof Gerry Carruthers in online seminar on the historic significance of Ellisland Farm as a Burns site. Join The Talk on The Historical Importance of Ellisland Farm (Home of Rabbie Burns 1788 – […]

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Create & Connect Showcase. Glasgow Women’s Library

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Wednesday 3 June, 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm New writing from the GWL Create and Connect writing group. Hear work from new members of the Glasgow Women’s Library’s Spring Create and Connect group in a magical evening of poetry, prose, storytelling and – most importantly – creating and connecting. Facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye, this online showcase […]

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Twitter Chat, Little Women at GFT Online Film Club

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Friday 29 May, 2020 Join Glasgow Film Theatre’s online film club #AtHomeWithGFT. The film club discussion takes place on Twitter every Friday from 5pm – 6pm. You can find us on Twitter @glasgowfilm This week’s film is Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN, available to watch at home on Amazon Prime Video and Google Play. LITTLE WOMEN […]

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Creative Conversations: Iain Maloney, Novelist and Poet – Zoom Event

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: Monday 25 May 2020 – 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Iain Maloney is the author of three novels – The Waves Burn Bright (Freight, 2016), Silma Hill (Freight, 2015) and First Time Solo (Freight, 2014) – and editor of In The Empty Places (2014), a collection of short stories and art. His first collection of poetry, Fractures, was published in 2016 by Tapsalteerie. In 2013 […]

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Stay at Home Literary Fringe Festival

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24 April – 17 May, 2020 Join in on Zoom. Taking their cue from internationally renowned author and creative writing tutor, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Glasgow Uni graduate, Glasgow University Creative Writing  students have organised a student-oriented FRINGE literary festival for writing in the time of Coronavirus. Much the same as its mother festival, goals are to: […]

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Saturday, May 16, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Coronavirus

Sonnet Youth Social Club

Thursday 14 May, 2020 at 8.05 p.m. (fortnightly event) Every second Thursday at 8:05pm after the clap for the NHS. Sonnet Youth Social Club brings together some of their favourite artists to create that unique SY vibe and stream incredible performances direct to your homes. Hosted by Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn Write, it […]

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Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

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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 Iain Maloney Poet and Novelist Zoom Event 25 May 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Creative Conversations: Iain Maloney, Novelist and Poet – Zoom Event Jamaica Kincaid Zoom Event Wednesday 13 […]

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Jamaica Kincaid: novelist and writer – Creative Conversations ZOOM EVENT

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Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow An extra-special event with award-winning writer Professor Jamaica Kincaid in conversation with Sophie Collins and Colin Herd. One of the foremost writers in the world, and an urgent voice in fiction and postcolonial studies, Jamaica Kincaid has twice won the Faulkner Pen Award for […]

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Zoom Event – A reading and Q&A with renowned poet Peter Gizzi

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Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5.30 until 7 p.m. Free Event – Register at EventBrite PETER GIZZI is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, Sky Burial (Carcanet 2020) Archeophonics (Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award), In Defense of Nothing, and Threshold Songs. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from […]

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Aye Write – Big Book Weekend Virtual Festival

8 – 10 May, 2020 Aye Write is delighted to be part of Big Book Weekend – a 3 day virtual festival celebrating the best of the cancelled British book festivals. Bringing you a range of events, featuring the authors that would have appeared in Aye Write Festival, 2020, cancelled due to coronavirus. TO TAKE […]

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From Glasgow to Saturn Issue 44 – read online

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  Issue 44 The world may change in unexpected ways around us, but reading, writing, and art continues. In these trying times From Glasgow To Saturn is proud to present to you the new issue #44,  for free, featuring some of the most exciting writing and visual art created by students, staff, and alumni of […]

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Coronavirus

Short Attention Span Theatre during Lockdown

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Six Writers, Six Actors, Six Monologues With live shows on hold throughout April, 2020 Short Attention Span Theatre put out a show on YouTube. Six writers were given six actors to write monologues for. WRITERS OPEN CALL FOR MAY PROGRAMME SUBMIT BY 1 MAY – full details www.shortattentionspantheatre.co.uk  

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Creative Conversations Zoom Event Will Harris

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WILL HARRIS: POET – ZOOM EVENT Monday 04 May 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Creative Conversations – Will Harris: Poet Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. He is an […]

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DANCING ANIMAL poem by Brian Whittingham

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‘To combat staying home, my new poem takes me out’ A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DANCING ANIMAL On the, stowed-tae-thegunnelsGlasgowbus. A passenger insists, the driver stops between stops. He feels the request is reasonable as it is convenient for his destination. The driver remonstrates with the man telling him such an action is […]

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Creative Conversations – Dean Atta Virtual Format Monday 20 April, 2020

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Special Virtual Creative Conversations with Dean Atta Monday 20th April 6-7pm. If you’d like the link to tune in please email Colin.Herd@glasgow.ac.uk Dean Atta was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. His debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book […]

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Future Stories – Scottish Book Trust

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As part of Scottish Book Trust’s annual writing project – Your Stories – they’re asking people all over Scotland to submit true stories inspired by their theme for this year: Future. ‘Every day we cast ourselves into the future, imagining what’s next in our lives. We tell ourselves stories about where we’ll go and with […]

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ poetry collection by Ali Whitelock

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New poetry collection from Scottish Poet Ali Whitelock based in Sydney, Australia. ‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide. ‘The poems in Ali Whitelock’s the lactic acid in the calves of your despair are packed with hilarity and gut-wrenching and everything in between. For anyone who ever made […]

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New Collection of Poems: Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson

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Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson Published by Speculative Books. “Each one of these poems is a tribute to the 99% of people struggling to get by and deal with the psychological stress of life on the poverty margins.’ Tracy Patrick. Read ‘growin pains” a poem from the collection Jim Ferguson New Poetry – Poor Wurld […]

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The Clearing: A memoir of art, family and mental health by Samantha Clark

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This house has been a regular presence in my life for as long as I can remember. My heart has sunk a little every time I walk in . . . Samantha Clark enjoyed a busy career as an artist before returning home to Glasgow to take care of the house that her parents had […]

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