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

Tell it slant, Glasgow: Book Launch: A Bird Is Not A Stone.

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Last week (2 June, 2014) I went along to Tell it slant, Poetry Shop, 134 Renfrew Street, for the launch of A Bird is Not a Stone; an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry. The collection features poetry by 25 contemporary Palestinian poets and as many Scots writers, including the makar Liz Lochhead, Costa Award winner […]

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Saturday, June 19, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Red Squirrel Press – Launch of Three Publications

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22 June, 2021 at 7 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Red Squirrell Press Launch of Ellen McAteer’s, ‘Honesty Mirror’ also Billy Bonar’s ‘The Stuff of the Earth’ and Elizabeth Rimmer’s ‘The Well of the Moon.’ Red Squirrel Press invites you to the launch of three publications, Ellen McAteer’s debut pamphlet, Honesty Mirror, Billy Bonar’s first full-length […]

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Glasgow Writers: Brian Hamill

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R.I.P. Sadly Brian Hamill died in May, 2021 – only 39 years of age – so accomplished and so much to live for. In October, 2019, Brian set up The Common Breath ‘The aim was to provide an exciting new stream of fiction for readers to enjoy, publishing both classic and contemporary work, and to […]

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#StreamMyStory Children’s Online Events Summer 2021

Scottish Public Libraries host #StreamMyStory author events online for children to enjoy in the summer holidays. Launching 17 June, 2021  Local Public Libraries across Scotland launch a new series of children’s digital events for the end of term and summer holidays, entitled #StreamMyStory, bringing together authors, illustrators, storytellers and libraries from across all 32 local […]

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Women’s Library – In Conversation with Paria Goodarzi

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22nd June, 2021  at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free, Online Event Highlighting and Celebrating the work of Paria Goodarzi Part of Series of Events  at Women’s Library Glasgow – ‘In Conversation with….’ Women of Colour creatives in Scotland.  Talking to emerging and established women creatives about their life, creative practice, key projects and future […]

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Bloody Scotland 2021 McIlvanney Prize Long List Announced

The McIlvanney Prize recognises excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones. Five years ago the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney. His  his final book, The Dark Remains has now been completed with the help […]

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The Owner of the Sea – Richard Price readings and discussion

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Wednesday, 23 June, 2021 at 7 p.m. Please join Carcanet Press to celebrate the launch of The Owner of the Sea: Three Inuit Stories Retold, the new collection by Richard Price. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poet, David Kinloch, joining Richard to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings and discussion, […]

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Bernard MacLaverty: Glasgow Writer

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Scottish Writers Over 70 Talking About Creativity in Later Life – part of Book Week Scotland in Association with Aye Write! Mitchell Theatre, Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 Bernard MacLaverty, Book Week Scotland, Kelvin Hall, 2 December, 2017 Bernard MacLaverty 29 November, 2017 Dalmuir Library It’s a fantastic book I loved every page from start to […]

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Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, writers, Writing

Graeme Macrae Burnet – Glasgow Writer

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Graeme Macrae Burnet and Rupert Thomson in conversation at Waterstones Glasgow 28 February, 2019 Graeme Macrae Burnet at GOMA Book Week Scotland – 22 November, 2018 The Art of Words – 7 June, 2018 – Thistle Gallery, Park Road, Glasgow Appearing at Aye Write! 2018 25 March, The Accident on the A35 – new book […]

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Glasgow Writers: Theresa Talbot

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Theresa Talbot is a Glaswegian author and freelance broadcaster/journalist – as Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland her voice is familiar to many. I met up with her at BBC, Pacific Quay just after her 2 p.m. radio stint and enjoyed chatting about her blossoming career as a writer. Theresa could not be more […]

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Scottish Books Long Weekend

Books From Scotland – The Best Of Scottish Books 10 – 13 June, 2021 booksfromscotland.com/scottish-books-long-weekend The Scottish Books Long Weekend is a celebration of Scotland’s rich and diverse writing and publishing landscape. From Thursday 10th June to Sunday 13th June, BooksfromScotland and Publishing Scotland bring you a bounty of book events. Showcasing thrillers, teenage dreams […]

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Meet the Poet: Marcus Slease & Colin Herd

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 9th June, 2021 – 8pm until 9pm Event by Home Stage Two of Boiler House Press’s published poets: Marcus Slease and Colin Herd for a live hour of poetry reading, discussion, and answering questions from the online audience. Be sure to tune in, all for free! See Event on Facebook Marcus Slease Marcus Slease is a […]

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Balloch Open Mic on Zoom

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Join Zoom Meeting – Balloch Writers’ Open Mic 7th June, 2021. 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Link to Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 856 9134 9510 Passcode: uaS5bN Order of Performances Mary-Jane Selwood Harrison Hickman Catriona Malan John McMahon (read by George Gibson) Lisa Murray Short break  Diana Devlin George Gibson Ann MacKinnon Stephen Hastings […]

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Creative Conversations: David Robertson

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Monday 07 June 2021 – 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. On Zoom Creative Conversations with Indigenous Canada co-hosted by Creative Writing and the Hunterian Associates Program Free  Tickets at Eventbrite This event will be hosted on Zoom and you will be sent a link to attend the meeting once you book on Eventbrite. David A. […]

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Aye Write on Demand 2021

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Aye Write Online Events are available to stream on demand for three weeks after original broadcast date. For £50 for Festival Pass you can view 69 events with 120 authors. Book Festival Pass Or buy tickets for individual events at £5 each. Browse Individual Events

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Before Now – Memoir of a Toerag by Moira McPartlin

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Memories can mend more than broken bones ‘A brilliant depiction of family, the highs and lows of growing up, and a wonderful narrator who feels like a friend. I flew through it.’ Ross Sayers, author of Daisy on the Outer Line In Praise of Moira McPartlin ‘Moira McPartlin’s prose is rich but unpretentious, her storytelling […]

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Aye Write 2021 – Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark

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23 May, 7.15pm  £5 buy ticket Since 1986, the National Library of Scotland has held some of Alasdair Gray’s most valuable and rarely seen writing. From personal diaries to correspondence, from illustrations and sketches to drafts of his internationally celebrated novels, the archive is a treasure trove for lovers of contemporary Scottish literature and art. […]

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Aye Write A Renewable Energy Revolution

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22 May, 4.45pm  In the first and only book to explore Scotland’s part in the green revolution and what the future may hold, ‘Revolution: A Short Sharp History of Scottish Wind Power’ – And Where it Goes From Here, Todd Westbrook refutes common arguments against wind power with hard facts and a wry sense of […]

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Aye Write 2021 – How To Stop Fascism, Paul Mason

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22 May 11.45am  How To Stop Fascism Paul Mason chaired by Ruth Wishart The far right is on the rise across the world. From Modi’s India to Bolsonaro’s Brazil and Erdogan’s Turkey, fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again – and […]

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Aye Write 2021 – Rodge Glass introduces Fiction Debuts

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22nd May 10.30am The novelist and biographer Rodge Glass introduces six vivid new voices in fiction – featuring: Helen Fisher (Space Hopper), Dantiel W. Moniz (Milk Blood Heat), Megan Nolan (Acts of Desperation), Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck), Fiona Scarlett (Boys Don’t Cry) and Caleb Azumah Nelson (Open Water).   *This performance is live and will […]

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Aye Write 2021 – Salena Godden and Courttia Newland – Immersive, Poetic Fiction

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Friday 21 May 2021 at 3.30 p.m. £5 All ages Book here Immersive, Poetic Fiction – Salena Godden and Courttia Newland chaired by Lee Randall Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, […]

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Aye Write 2021 Eco Tips for Your Home and Family

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Nancy Birtwhistle & Jen Gale chaired by Frankie Burr 21 May, 11.45 a.m. Eco Tips for Your Home and Family Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off in 2014. Nancy worked as a GP practice manager in the NHS for thirty-six years until she retired in 2007. Motivated by protecting […]

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Aye Write 2021 – Welcome Home Shuggie Bain

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Friday 21 May, 2021 at 4.45 p.m. Douglas Stuart with Janey Godley It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her […]

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Aye Write 2021 – A Pair of Wildly Compelling Novels

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21 May, 2021 10.30am Elizabeth Reeder and Elizabeth Haynes Experience the wild beauty of Scotland in both of these novels. Elizabeth Reeder’s ‘An Archive of Happiness’ Set in the Scottish Highlands over the course of one day during the Avens family’s annual get-together. It’s the summer solstice and theirs is a fractured family, broken by […]

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Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Mosse at Aye Write 2021

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Friday, 21 May, 2021 at 7.15 p.m. Award-winner Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Mosse come together to discuss their latest novels. Aye Write is  delighted to welcome these two incredible authors to Glasgow’s Book Festival. Chaired by Zoe Venditozzi. Sponsored by Rathbones This event will be live and available to watch for three weeks after the […]

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An Evening with Lesley Benzie

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Thusday 20 May, 2021 – 8.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. Unwind for an evening of poetry and conversation, as Dr. Linda Jackson speaks with poet Lesley Benzie about her new collection, FESSEN/REAR. Free – Online Register at Eventbrite About this event In Lesley’s new collection, FESSEN/REAR, she writes about about pain and loss on both a […]

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Balloch Open Mic Mental Health Week – May 2021

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Mental Health Awareness Week (www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week) Realising it was Mental Health Awareness Week I immediately thought of a book I had read some two years ago and the strong impact it made. Graham Morgan Graham Morgan, MBE, of the Mental Health Commission (Engagement and Participating Office Scotland)> has worked in mental health for 30 years. His […]

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Aye Write 2021 – Kicking Off This Weekend

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14th – 16 May, 2021 – Online Aye Write’s online book festival kicks off this weekend with award winning writers and stars from stage and screen.  The Aye Write online book festival starts this weekend (Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May) with a packed programme of events including award-winning writers, stars of stage and […]

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Living Our Dying – anthology pre-sale launch

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Thursday 13th May, 2021 at 7pm Invitation to pre-sale launch 10th to 16th May is Demystifying Death Week, so fitting that crowd funding appeal is launched on Thursday 13th May at 7pm for an hour. You are invited to a Zoom meeting: Living Our Dying – meet the editors, Larry Butler and Sheila Templeton…and hear […]

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Aye Write 2021 – Mel Giedroyc – debut novel

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Chaired by Gabriella Bennett 15 May, 2021 4.45pm – 5.45pm Mel Giedroyc has been entertaining the nation for nearly thirty years. A comedian, writer, actor and presenter, Mel is best known for her work with Sue Perkins in the double act Mel & Sue. They have presented many TV shows such as multi Bafta-winning The […]

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