Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events.

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 Hunterian Friday Focus: Pollinators

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Friday 24 May, 2024 at 1.p.m – 1.30 p.m. – Online Join researcher Emma Plant to find out about their research into pollinators Part of the Friday Focus: The Hunterian’s Online Talks collection The University of Glasgow’s GALLANT project sees researchers investigating how Glasgow can move towards a climate resilient city. As part of the project, researcher Emma Plant, […]

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Storytelling For Adults, Alexandria

Tuesday 28 May, 2024, 11.00 a.m. Storytelling for Adults –  How All Stories Begin Green Tree Remedies, 4 Church Street, Alexandria G83 0NP Free event but places restricted so please book: Contact Jo: 07562333731 or Mary 01389 729279 Free tea/coffee/biscuits available – Donations appreciated Soulay Puliman – highly gifted and multi-skilled African author and storyteller […]

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Monday, May 20, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Glasgow Literary and Music Lounge at The Scotia Bar

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Tuesday, 28 May, 2024 7.30 p.m. Robert Tannahill’s 250th Birthday Party Scotia Bar, 112 – 114 Stockwell Street, Glasgow G1 4LW Free Open Mic House Band Brian McFall, Ewan Hare, Trevor Lakey, Carol Jamnejad and David Paterson Performers include: Rain Ensemble, Chris Tait, Ray Evans,  Joanna McGready, Lorna Morgan, Louise Malone, Jim and Brian, Tribal […]

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Aye Write 2024: Victor and Barry’s Kelvinside Compendium

victor and barry's kelvinside compendium

Thursday, 8 August, 2024, 6.30 p.m. Event by:Aye Write Glasgow’s Book Festival and 404 Ink The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Killermont Street, G2 3NW Join beloved Scottish actors Alan Cumming (Goldeneye, The Good Wife) and Forbes Mason (The Crown, Eastenders) at Aye Write this August for an entertaining meander down memory close. It’s been 40 years […]

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Alumni Event, 60 Years of English & Creative Writing

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Wednesday 5 June, 2024, 6 p.m. 60 Years of English & Creative Writing @ Strathclyde University : Alumni Special Learning & Teaching Building, University of Strathclyde,  16 Richmond Street Strathclyde Union Glasgow G1 1XQ  Chaired by Dr. Rodge Glass, Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing, featuring readings, discussion and informal chat about publication and […]

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Queen MacBeth – Val McDermid with Nicola Sturgeon

Queen MacBeth Val McDermid

Tuesday 21 May, 2024, 6.30 p.m. Aye Write, City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, 100 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ Join acclaimed crime-writing novelist Val McDermid as she is interviewed by Nicola Sturgeon about her new book Queen MacBeth, the fifth instalment of Darkland Tales. Shakespeare fed us the myths of the MacBeths as murderous conspirators. But […]

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An Evening with Rose Ruane

Rose Ruane

Thursday 2 May, 2024, 7 p.m. Waterstones, Glasgow – Sauchiehall Street153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW Join local author and artist Rose Ruane as she launches her incredible new novel Birding. Rose will be in conversation with Zoe Strachan. About Birding In a small seaside town, autumn is edging into winter, gulls ride winds over […]

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The Tenementals May Day

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Wednesday 1 May 2024, 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Websters Theatre, 416 Great Western Road,  G4 9HZ Glasgow A History On 1 May, award-winning band The Tenementals will present a special Performance Lecture, which will create a radical history of Glasgow, in word and song. The night will include the launch of the band’s first […]

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Scottish Writers – Sheila Templeton: A Celebration

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Tuesday, 30th April 2024 Scottish Writers’ Centre Centre for Contemporary Arts 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3JD Come along to pay tribute and celebrate the life of the late Sheila Templeton. This is an open and joint gathering alongside esteemed friends, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball where Sheila’s poetry sparkled many a night, and Federation of Writers (Scotland) where Sheila […]

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Friday, April 26, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Michael Pedersen and Hollie McNish, GSA Degree Show

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4 June, 2024, 6 p.m. – 7,p.m. Glasgow School of Art, Reid Lecture Theatre, 167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ On the occasion of The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show and The Cat Prince paperback launch: Live readings from prize-winning poets Michael Pedersen & Hollie McNish. A showcase of animations produced by GSA BA […]

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Imagine Something Different – 5th Paisley Book Festival kicks off on 25 April, 2024

The 5th Paisley Book Festival kicks off 25 April so why not join them and embark on a journey of discovery into the world of stories and storytelling? With the 2024 theme being Imagine Something Different: The festival is welcoming five writers from Ireland’s world-renowned literary scene, for their Ireland in Focus series, which is set to explore […]

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Meagan Jennett Creative Conversations

Meagan Jennett

Monday 29 April, 2024, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free – Register at Eventbrite Meagan Jennett is an escaped bartender, who traded in crafting cocktails for crafting her own tales. Originally from Crozet, Virginia, she now lives in Scotland, where she is completing her Doctorate […]

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Monday, April 22, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Maggie and Me with Damian Barr and James Ley

Maggie and Me Damian Dunbar James Ley

Tuesday, 30 April, 2024 – 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow  G3 7DN Aye Write Pop Up Event Join Damian Barr and James Ley in conversation with Jackie Wylie at the Mitchell Library as they explore the creation of the new stage version of Damian’s celebrated memoir Maggie & Me. Award-winning […]

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Friday, April 19, 2024 | Filed under: Aye Write 2024, Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Paisley Book Festival 2024: A Glasgow Girl: Aasmah Mir

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27 April 2024 Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Cl, Paisley PA1 1JF We’re thrilled to welcome The Sunday Times columnist and Times Radio broadcaster, Aasmah Mir, to speak about her heart-wrenching memoir A Glasgow Girl, which parallels her experience of growing up in 1970s Glasgow with her mother’s youth in Pakistan two decades earlier. Shortlisted for the Non-Fiction […]

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Book Launch: The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature

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Tuesday 16 April, 2024, 7.30 p.m. Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8SP The highly anticipated book launch of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature, edited by Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature, Gerard Carruthers. A Companion to Scottish Literature offers fresh readings of major authors and periods of Scottish literary production from the […]

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Paisley Book Festival 2024: Andrew O’Hagan – Caledonian Road

Andrew O'Hagan

28 April, 2024, 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Loom Loggia, Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Cl, Paisley PA1 1JF Following on from his hugely successful novel, Mayflies, which was turned into a BAFTA award-winning BBC drama series last year, Ayrshire author Andrew O’Hagan joins Paisley Book Festival to introduce his brand-new novel, Caledonian Road. Described by Andrew […]

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Paisley Book Festival 2024

Imagine Something Different

    25 – 28 April, 2024 Imagine Something Different The 2024 Paisley Book Festival, themed “Imagine Something Different,” invites attendees to embark on a transformative journey into the world of stories and storytelling. Embracing the festival’s renowned radical edge, this year’s theme encourages stepping beyond conventional boundaries and seeking out new ideas with the […]

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Owning Your Story – Barry Graham at G20 Works

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3 May, 2024, 7 p.m.  G20 Works Building,  21 Dunbeith Place, Glasgow G20 8HS Performance and Discussion with Author Barry Graham ‘If you don’t own the story of your life, someone else will’ Barry will perform from his book – The Book of Man Barry Graham, originally from Maryhill, now lives in Wyndford after returning […]

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Books at the Botanics

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Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April Books at the Botanics Easter Weekend Book Fair 10 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. in the Hopkirk Building  (behind the main range), Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Hopkirk Building, 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE Card and cash payments accepted www.booksatthebotanics.co.uk Books at the Botanics on Facebook

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Creative Conversations: May Sumbwanyambe

May Sumbwanyambe

Monday 25 March, 2024, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, G12 8QQ Described by The Scotsman as ‘one of the key creative figures in Scotland’s increasingly determined effort to come to terms with its own colonial past, and particularly with Scottish involvement in slavery and the slave trade,’ May […]

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Saturday, March 23, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

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Free & Open to the Public  University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Events 2024 May Sumbwanyambe Monday 25 March 1 p.m. Creative Conversations: May Sumbwanyambe   Alistair Paul, Monday 4 March, Memorial Chapel Alistair Paul Creative Conversations Donna McLean,  Monday 19 February 1 p.m. University Memorial Chapel Creative Conversations: Donna McLean   Events 2023 Isis […]

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A Passion for Paisley Talk and Exhibition

a passion for paisley

Opening Day of A Passion for Paisley 26 March, 2024 The Exhibition – A Passion for Paisley runs from 26 March to 12 July, 2024. Great Tapestry of Scotland, 14 – 20 High Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SD Did you know that the Edinburgh Kashmir shawl industry predated the Paisley industry by forty years? In fact, […]

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Alex Kane launches Two Sisters

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Thursday 21st March, 2024 7:00 p.m. Glasgow – 153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW The hugely popular crime writer Alex Kane will be launching Two Sisters in store. They tried to forget their past. Now it’s the only thing that can save them. Ever since being adopted as babies, twins Sinead and Orla have been […]

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Hubert Matiúwàa indigenous Mexican poet with Juana Adcock

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Thursday 21 March, 2024 5 p.m. University of Strathclyde, 51 Richmond Street Glasgow G1 1XU and on Zoom Strathclyde CW & Spanish hosts a special event with indigenous Mexican poet Hubert Matiúwàa alongside his translator Juana Adcock. By Dr. Rodge Glass, Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing at Strathclyde Strathclyde Creative Writing with Strathclyde Spanish […]

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Monday, March 18, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Book Launch: Leave to Remain: A Snapshot of Brexit

Noni Stacy lecture

Thursday 21 March 2024, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. College of Arts School of Modern Languages and Cultures Stirling Maxwell Centre John Smith’s Bookstore (University of Glasgow), The Fraser Building University of Glasgow, 65 Hillhead St, Glasgow G12 8QF (and Online Register for Zoom ) Dr Noni Stacey  Stirling Maxwell Centre Seminar Art and photography have […]

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Saturday, March 16, 2024 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Free Events

Book Launch: For Auld Intensive Purposes by Jim Monaghan

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Sunday 17 March, 2024 New wee book by Jim Monaghan  “For Auld Intensive Purposes”. The Rum Shack,  657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB Join Jim Monaghan and friends for the launch of his latest collection of poems For Auld Intensive Purposes. The show features live sets from Jim and guest poet Claire Torrance, a Q&A […]

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Launch: Glasgow City of Music

Glasgow City of Music Anthology

Wednesday, 27 March, 2024 – 7 p.m. Launch of Anthology: Glasgow City of Music edited by Linda Jackson Avant Garde, 34 – 44 King Street, Glasgow G1 5QT Traditional Music: Tuesday International  Blues Music: Gus Munro Special Guest Reader:  Graham Fulton Also Jennifer Carr, Peter Clive, Lesley O’Brien, Douglas Thomson and more  

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School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow – Byres Road Hub

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Hub Mondays Hub Mondays are a chance for groups to come in and see the space. If you’re new to the Hub, or if you’re already familiar, come and pop in! There will be tea and coffee, an opportunity to chat to Hub volunteers and network, and dedicated time to see the Byres Community Hub […]

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How Do We Talk About Knives – Scottish Writers Centre

How Do We Talk About Knives

7pm Friday 15th March 2024 Contemporary writers in Scotland on names, language and identity CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street,  Glasgow G2 3JD Please join the co-editors Rebecca Sharp, Samina Chaudhry and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, along with writers Carrie Marshall, Xinyi Jiang, Ngan Nguyen and Christie Williamson, for the Glasgow launch of this new anthology exploring […]

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Born in Kyle – An Afternoon with Billy Kay

Billy Kay

Tuesday 19 March, 2024, 4.30  p.m. – 6 p.m. Room 237C, Advanced Research Centre (ARC), University of Glasgow, 11 Chapel Lane Glasgow G11 6EW Free Event – Book at EventBrite Billy Kay is a well-known writer and broadcaster in the realm of Scottish culture, particularly through his radio and TV documentaries for the BBC and […]

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Billy Kay

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