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

The Feeling Sonnets – Carcanet Book Launch

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Wednesday, 20 July, 2022, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Feeling Sonnets by Eugene Ostashevsky: Carcanet Book Launch By Carcanet Press Celebrate the launch of The Feeling Sonnets by Eugene Ostashevsky. Hosting the reading will be Rachael Allen, author and poetry editor at Granta. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will […]

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Scottish Writers Centre: Playwriting Workshop

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12 July, 2022, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. CCA, Club Room, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Tom Murray: The Impossible Choice Plays are driven by the choices a character makes. A workshop that looks at dialogue, dramatic imagery and setting to bring out the internal tension of character, and how they work together to […]

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Sma’ Shot Day 2022

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Saturday 2nd July, 2022 Event by Paisley is Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JG Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations begin with the popular Sma’ Shot parade, which sets off from Brodie Park at 12noon on 2 July – led by the Charleston Drum, before making its way through Paisley town centre to Abbey Close. Once […]

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Glasgow Literary Lounge at the Scotia Bar

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Tuesday 28 June, 2022 at 7.30 p.m. Featuring Finlay Balfour and Carla Woodburn Glasgow Literary Lounge present spoken-word and music at the Scotia Bar, Glasgow. An evening of poetry, music and song. Scotia Bar, 112 – 114 Stockwell Street, Glasgow, G1 4LW Free Event Hosts: Jim Ferguson , Louise Malone and Derek J Brown Music from […]

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The Voyage Out: The Travel Writing Workshop with Linda Jackson

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Scottish Writers Centre Tuesday 28 June, 2022,  7.00 p.m. – 9 p.m. @CCA_Glasgow 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Come along to Scottish Writers Centre when Linda Jackson will teach the craft of travel writing. Linda Jackson is a writer, singer, publisher and creative writing tutor. She has published short stories and poetry, while most […]

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Stories of Our Worlds – Refugee Festival 2022

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Thursday 23 June, 2022. 10.30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. Part of Refugee Festival Scotland 17 – 26 June, 2022 Event by Glasgow ESOL Forum Quaker Meeting House 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow G2 4PS Glasgow ESOL Forum is hosting a face-to-face event called ‘Stories of Our Worlds’ at this year’s Refugee Festival! This year, the theme is ‘Storytelling’. […]

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Scottish Writers: Bloomsday Celebration with Christie Williamson

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14 June, 2022 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Scottish Writers Centre, Clubroom, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD Joining the world (a little bit early) in celebrating the centenary of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. SWC Co-Chair Christie Williamson is hosting a workshop on the letters in Episode Five: “The Lotus Eaters”. Everyone is welcome, from first-time readers […]

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Film + Q&A: Zev Robinson’s “Feeding the City”

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Tuesday 31 May, 2022 at 8.30 p.m. At Locavore Locavore Govanhill, 349 Victoria Road, Glasgow G42 7SA Created in collaboration with the University of Glasgow Food Sovereignty Network, Feeding the City is Zev Robinson’s documentary about Glasgow’s food culture and its current dilemmas, looking at new initiatives by food businesses and producers, workers and activists […]

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The Wanderlust Women – three poems

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Poems from the Wanderlust Women, Lesley Benzie, Donna Campbell and Linda Jackson.   Recently performed on their trip to Tuscany. At Dieppe Lesley Benzie At Dieppe the ferry approached the same pale cream cliffs that we left ahin in Newhaven. A remnant that we were once o the same landmass afore risin sea levels an a […]

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Book Launch: This Script by Jenny Lindsay

Saturday 21 May, 2022m 2 pm – 5 pm The live launch for the new and expanded edition of This Script by Jenny Lindsay. About this event The live launch of This Script, published by Red Squirrel Press. With live performance from Jenny Lindsay and support from Gerry Cambridge, Magi Gibson, Bram Gieben (aka Texture) […]

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Creative Conversations: Michael Pederson

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Michael Pedersen in Conversation with Colin Herd for Creative Conversations Monday 9 May, 2022 at 1 p.m. University Chapel, Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free – Register for Tickets About this event Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, writer, & animateur. He has published two highly acclaimed collections of poetry […]

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Aye Write: The Kavya Prize

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Saturday, 21 May, 2022 at 8 p.m. The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN The Kavya Prize aims to celebrate published work and new writing by Scotland’s ethnically diverse communities. The first winner of the Kavya Prize will be announced at the Aye Write Event on 21st May. Founded by Indian-born Scottish author Leela […]

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Aye Write: Graeme Thomson with John Dingwall

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Themes for Great Cities: A New History of Simple Minds Thursday, 19th May, 2022 at 8 p.m. The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN Buy tickets An illuminating new biography of one of Britain’s most influential bands, written with the full cooperation of Simple Minds Nobody owes us anything, but the Simple Minds story […]

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Aye Write: Beyond the Swelkie

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Sunday 8 May, 2022 at 6.30 p.m. The Mitchell, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN A Celebration of the Centenary of George Mackay Brown in poetry and prose. ‘Beyond the Swelkie’ is a collection of poetry and prose in English, Scots and Gaelic celebrating the centenary of George Mackay Brown. Its contributors are based in Orkney […]

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CARLA Book Launch at tell it slant

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Thursday 26 May, 2022 at 7 p.m. Event by Tell it slant 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6ST Official book launch of the poetry collection, CARLA, by Carla Woodburn, published by Leamington Books, suitably held at  Tell It Slant poetry bookshop, Locavore, Glasgow. There will be a recital from the book by the author, an interview […]

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All Becomes Art – Poems to Joan Eardley

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Friday 6 May, 2022, 3 p.m. until 4.30 p.m. Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QQ Poetry and Prosecco in the Hunterian Art Gallery to celebrate the publication of ‘All Becomes Art’. About this event Joan Eardley is one of Scotland’s best loved artists and has inspired poets from all […]

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Aye Write 2022: Scotland’s future. Gerry Hassan, Joyce McMillan & Prof Tanja Bueltmann chaired by Simon Barrow

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Thursday 19 May, 2022 at 8 p.m. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY A welcome back to Aye Write in person after last year’s successful digital event. The session will be chaired by Simon Barrow who is the Director of Ekklesia, the beliefs, politics and ethics think-tank. Discussing the future of […]

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Colonial Seeds / Seedy Social / Community Meal

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Thursday, 12 May 2022, 6:30-8:00 Talk and Community Meal Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA Glasgow Seed Library and CCA Glasgow All welcome Where do our seeds come from? How did they get here? Gather for a friendly discussion led by artist and researcher Désirée Coral, about the origins and stories behind some of […]

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Aye Write: MORE FIYA: A Celebration of Black British Poetry with Kayo Chingonyi, Janette Ayachi and Dean Atta

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Thursday 19 May, 2022 at 6.30 p.m. The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN One of our new poets form last year returns with an excellent new anthology of black British voices. In this blistering anthology, poet, editor and DJ Kayo Chingonyi (author of A Blood Condition, SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA POETRY AWARD) brings […]

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Aye Write 2022: Introducing Debut Authors

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Aye Write, Glasgow’s Book Festival has a brilliant programme of events including many well known personalities and successful authors. It’s also great to discover new writers and some of my favourite events are those where panels of debut authors are given the opportunity to talk about their new books. This year’s events include: 8 May, […]

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Aye Write: Douglas Bruton introduces…Kenny Boyle, Claire Alexander, Adrian Keefe and Charlie Roy

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Saturday 7 May, 2022 at 1.15 p.m. Mitchell Library, North Street, G3 7DN Douglas Bruton, introduces Aye Write 2022’s first panel of excellent debut writers. Douglas Bruton, who was recently longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for his novel Blue Postcards will be in the chair to introduce this varied panel of debut writers: Kenny Boyle – The […]

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Aye Write: Karen Campbell Introduces… Kirsty Capes, Louise Nealon and Emily Edwards

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Saturday 14 May, 2022 at 11.30 a.m. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN The celebrated Scottish author Karen Campbell introduces this panel of debut writers. Kirsty Capes – Careless Sometimes it’s easy to fall between the cracks. At 3.04 p.m. on a hot, sticky day in June, Bess finds out she’s pregnant. She could tell her social […]

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Aye Write: Matthew Keeley Introduces… Liam Konemann, Julie Owen Moylan and James Cahill

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Saturday 21 May 2022 at 4.45 p.m. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN Glasgow-based writer and teacher Matthew Keeley introduces this panel of debut writers. Liam Konemann’s The Arena of the Unwell follows 22-year-old Noah as he is drawn into the co-dependent relationship of two older men in the indie music scene. After a gig by […]

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Scottish Writers Centre Speakeasy New Voices

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Tuesday 3 May, 2022 at 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD Come along and read or be part of the audience at the CCA Clubroom for SWC’s 2nd Speakeasy event of the year Linda Jaxson will host the event.  Welcome these talented writers: Peter A Lesley Benzie Donna Campbell David Chinn […]

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Aye Write: Ambrose Parry – A Corruption of Blood

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Friday 13 May, 2022 at 8 p.m. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN The latest novel in this gripping historical series from husband and wife team Chris Brookmyre & Marisa Haetzman. Dr Will Raven is a man seldom shocked by human remains, but even he is disturbed by the contents of a package washed […]

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Aye Write: Aye Write: Louise Welsh Introduces Sukh Ojla, Claire Kohda and Ryan O’Connor

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Thursday 12 May, 2022 – 8 p.m. event cancelled Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN Novelist, librettist and Professor of creative writing, Louise Welsh introduces this panel of debut writers. Sukh Ojla – Sunny Sunny is the queen of living a double life. To her friends, she’s the entertaining, eternally upbeat, single one, always on […]

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Aye Write: Louise Welsh Introduces Sukh Ojla, Claire Kohda and Ryan O’Connor

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Thursday 12 May, 2022 – 8 p.m. Novelist, librettist and Professor of creative writing, Louise Welsh introduces this panel of debut writers.   Sukh Ojla – Sunny Sunny is the queen of living a double life. To her friends, she’s the entertaining, eternally upbeat, single one, always on hand to share hilarious and horrifying date stories. […]

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Aye Write: Claire Askew introduces…Siobhan MacGowan, Amen Alonge and Robert Gold

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Sunday 8 May, 2022 – 6.30 p.m. The award-winning crime writer and poet Claire Askew introduces this panel of crime and thriller debuts. Siobhan MacGowan – The Trial of Lotta Rae Lotta Rae is a young working-class woman who is viciously attacked by a wealthy gentleman. Lotta’s family are firm believers in justice, so Lotta makes […]

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Aye Write 2022: Rodge Glass introduces…Kasim Ali, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Catherine Prasifka

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Sunday 8 May, 2022 – 4.45 p.m. Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN The novelist, biographer and creative writing professor Rodge Glass introduces this panel of debut writers. Kasim Ali – Good Intentions A heart-wrenching and beautifully told debut novel about love, family obligation and finding your way. Nur and Yasmina are in love. They’ve been […]

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Mary Irvine’s Blog: Interview with debut author Evelyne Lawrie

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‘Gie Me a Word’ An interview with debut author by Evelyne C. 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. I then attended the West […]

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