Books, Talks, Poetry 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.

Poetry Launches CCA – Stephen Watt, Derek Parkes and Mandy Haggith

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Tuesday 24 September, 2019 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Scottish Writers’ Centre, Club Room, CCA Launch of new poetry from three dynamic poets. FSB Makar Stephen Watt’s groundbreaking crime novel in verse, ‘Fairy Rock’, the debut pamphlet from SWC favourite, Derek Parkes, ‘Cherry Blossom’ and Mandy Haggith’s stunning […]

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Monday, September 16, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Tannahill Arts Festival Paisley

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14 – 28 September, 2019 New festival with an exciting and diverse festival Featuring: Art, Drama, Jazz, Opera, Classical Music, Spoken Word and more. Building audiences in Paisley and encouraging audiences from further afield to visit Paisley’s historic attractions, places to eat and drink, and of course to see and hear the best in the […]

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The Glasgow Guild Talks 2019

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Events run 17 – 21 September, 2019 The Glasgow Guild, 265 Renfrew Street, G3 6TT Lauren Dyer Amazeen – The Kitchen and the New York avant garde scene Tuesday 17 September 2019, 7pm The former Chair of CCA Glasgow & Director of The Kitchen, NY in the 1990s gives a talk on the avant garde […]

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Meet the Author, Angela Robb, Fruin Farm

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Thursday, 19th September, 2019, 10.30 a.m. Fruin Farm, Glen Fruin, Nr Helensburgh G84 9EE Free event. Angela Robb is a writer of children’s books packed with humour, adventure, and heart. Originally from Dumbarton, she now lives in a village between Glasgow and Stirling. She loves exploring Scotland’s landscapes and cities soaking up ideas for settings […]

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Joint Book Launch: Tracy Patrick and Fiona Lindsay

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Friday 4 October, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m. The event is a co-launch, ‘Blushing is for Sinners’ by Tracy Patrick ‘Do Not Disturb’ by Fiona Lindsay. An evening of readings, music and literary entertainment in the bonnie environs of Paisley. ‘Blushing is for Sinners’ Clochoderick Press, (2019) by Tracy Patrick Paisley mill worker, Jean McParland, […]

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Monday, September 9, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Vincent Price: Master of Menace, Lover of Life + The Abominable Dr Phibes GFT

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Sunday 8 September, 2019 Author and inspirational speaker Victoria Price presents ‘Master of Menace, Lover of Life’ – an intimate glimpse at her famous father’s life and career. As Vincent Price’s daughter and biographer, Victoria will share rare photos and stories about the King of Horror, who was a true Renaissance man. Victoria will have copies of […]

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Friday, September 6, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Book Launch: The Siren Awakes by Linda Jackson

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4, November, 2019 (note change of date) Avant Garde The first of three memoirs – with Special Guest Charlie Gracie Music Linda Jackson Band:   Featuring Morph on Guitar, Gordon Dickson on Saxophone, Steve Buchanan on Bass and Stevie Reilly on Piano. Call and book your seat. This should be quite a night. These guys are […]

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Margaret Atwood – Live in Cinemas

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10 September, 2019 GFT On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over…. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. The publication of Atwood’s The […]

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Script to Stage Renfrewshire

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Wednesday 25 September, 2019 Stow Brae Kirk, 82 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1YP Script to Stage Renfrewshire presents a night of short plays as part of the Tannahill Arts Festival Submissions Wanted Seeking submissions by deadline at midnight on Friday 13th September, 2019 Email your script to script@tannahillarts.com following the submission guidelines on our Facebook […]

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Memorial Evening for Janet Paisley CCA

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3 December, 2019, 7 p.m. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD Memorial Evening for the late Janet Paisley Tickets: £9 Phone 0141 352 4900 for tickets Performers celebrating this wonderful Scottish Writer Sheila Templeton Janet Crawford Liz Niven Christie Williamson Alan Riach plus more to be announced Music from Wendy Weatherby Band and Linda Jaxson […]

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Bloody Scotland 2019

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20 – 23 September, 2019 Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, David Baldacci, Louise Welsh, Richard Osman, Mark Billingham, Ambrose Parry and so many more! Tickets available now – bloodyscotland.com/event How to book events at Bloody Scotland Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession Friday 20th September, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Who will be crowned winner […]

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Monday, September 2, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Events, Fairs, Festivals and Fundraisers

Alexandria Writers Open Mic

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Balloch House Hotel Monday, 2nd September, 2019 6.30 p.m. for 7 p.m. No headliner at this month’s event.   The evening will be devoted to an extended number of slots and readers are asked to ‘bring a friend’ (no pets are allowed in the function room). Would also like to extend an invitation to anyone who […]

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Sunday, September 1, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Theresa Talbot Creative Writing Workshop

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(Photo by Aldo Ferrarello) Friday 13 September, 2019 10 a.m. – 12 noon. South West Library, 159 Inverkip Rd, Greenock PA16 9HG Free event – To Reserve Ticket Call: 01475 715667 or 01475 712323 Event on Facebook Listen to Podcast: Theresa Talbot, writer and broadcaster chats to Pat Byrne (Podcast) www.theresatalbot.com  

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Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis Book Launch

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Tuesday, 17 September, 2019, 7.30 p.m. Waterstones Byres Road Come along to the launching of Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis (Vagabond Voices). There will be a talk, plenty of time for you to ask questions and of course a lot of signed copies of the book for you! It’ll be a great evening. . Waterstones, […]

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Saturday, August 31, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Creative Conversations Inaugural Event Autumn 2019

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Inaugural Event: Juana Adcock, Kirsty Logan, Martin Cathcart Froden 24 September, 2019, 5.30 pm. – 7.30 p.m. University Chapel, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ For the inaugural event of the 2019-2020 Creative Writing Programme at the University of Glasgow, we are thrilled to welcome back three recent graduates of the programme to talk about […]

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

The Big Meeting GFT

9 – 11 September, 2019 Since 1871, on the second Saturday in July, the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade-unions and the public for the Durham Miners’ Gala (known locally as “The Big Meeting”). This people-centred documentary goes behind the scenes of this annual celebration of noise, colour and solidarity, of class […]

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

The Muse at Avant Garde September 9th, 2019

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Jenne Gray and Lindsey Stewart – Launch of New ChapBook Plus readings by Beag Horn, Joe Murray, Helen Sinclair, Lesley Traynor and Joe Woods.  among others. Robert Henderson on the trumpet. Host Linda Jackson Starts 7.30p.m. Avant Garde, 34-44 King St, Glasgow G1 5QT Event on Facebook  

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Place and Peace: three Scottish PEN writers at Scottish Writers Centre

Tuesday, 27 August, 2019, 7 p.m. Place and Peace: three Scottish PEN writers read/perform their latest work. Colin Donati, David Manderson, Emma Doherty at the Clubroom, CCA Glasgow, 350 . Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD Fiction, nonfiction, poems, music. All welcome. scottishpen.org Event on Facebook

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Postbox Launch of Issue 2

2 September, 2019 6.30 p.m. Project Cafe, Renfrew Street, Glasgow Launch of Issue 2 of Postbox – Scotland’s International Short Story Magazine. Fifteen stories with readings of three of them by Mairghread McLundie, Greg Michaelson and Edwin Stockdale. Free event, everyone welcome. Hosted by Red Squirrel Press Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6ST […]

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Scottish Writers Showcase University of Glasgow 2019

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Review by Pat Byrne Another brilliant event in a fabulous venue with an eclectic mix of literature presented in the gorgeous University Memorial Chapel.  22 August, 2019. Louise Welsh, Prof of Creative Writing, at Glasgow University welcomed people from across the world to share some of the best of Scottish Literature – writers included:  “Ambrose […]

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Monday, August 26, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Streets of Glasgow with Peter Mortimer Glasgow Literary Lounge

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Tuesday, 27 August, 2019 Cheeky Besom Productions cordially invites you to an evening with Peter Mortimer. Historian and writer, Peter Mortimer brings life to Glasgow’s past in an informative and entertaining evening of discovery and hidden secrets. Leading you through the streets of Glasgow with more than 250,000 words of research ‘in the can’ that […]

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Glasgoes Poetic 2019

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28 September – 14 October, 2019 Events Programme Express Yourself Project Cafe i) Friday 28 September 7-10pm Project Café Renfrew Street Glasgow Express Yourself: Carla Woodburn hosts 10 poets, the theme of the evening is poetry involving “Consumer Market.” FREE Glasgow and District Burns Association ii) Friday 28 September 7pm Renfield St Stephen’s Church Bath […]

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Festa Dos Anos De Álvero De Campos Cheeky Besom Productions

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Tuesday 15 October, 2019, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm Calton Bar 415 London Road Glasgow, G40 1AG Free event for all SUMMER WRITING CHALLENGE – You’ve got a cute way of talking, You got the better of me, Just snap your fingers and I’m walking, Like a dog hanging on your lead, I’m in a […]

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Saturday, August 24, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Walk in James Watt’s Footsteps

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Walk in Watt’s footsteps on Glasgow Green Sunday, August 25, 2019,  2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB (Please wear suitable footwear. Adults only. Meet at the gate to Glasgow Green opposite the High Court.) History fans are being given the chance to walk in James Watt’s footsteps – […]

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Events, Fairs, Festivals and Fundraisers

An Evening with Gracey Flair at Helensburgh Library

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Wednesday, 28 August, 2019, 7.00 p.m. Helensburgh Library 51 West King Street Helensburgh G84 8EB ‘Gracey Flair ‘Funnysophical Poet’ – she’s daft but deep.  She’ll either make yi’ laugh or greet! Gracey Flair, born in the ‘Good Old Port’ (Port Glasgow) and then grew up and followed her nose.  Always a truth seeker and this […]

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The Rebirth of the Clyde, Fairfield Heritage

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2 October, 2019 . 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ‘The Story of Glasgow’s Greatest Shipyard’ Fairfield Heritage,  1048 Govan Road Govan, G51 4XS This is the Story of how the last Commercial Shipyard in Scotland was rescued from closure and now – less than five years later – plans to lead the world in the […]

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Spirit of Revolt, Show and Tell – Workers City, The Mitchell

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16 September, 2019 12 oon – 2 p.m. A display of material from Spirit of Revolt collections and a discussion, led by Tommy Kayes with James Kelman, Brendan McLaughlin, Billy Clark, Michael Donnelly, Ruth Gillett, Paul Anderson, Euan Sutherland and others on the formation and actions of the Workers City group (1988 – 1993). Blythswood […]

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Free event: Scottish Writers Showcase, University of Glasgow

Thursday 22 August, 2019 at 6–8 p.m. Ajay Close, Amanda Thomson, Anna Levin, “Ambrose Parry” (pseudonym used by the writing duo Christopher Brookmyre and Marisa Haeztman), Martin Macintyre and Polly Clark University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ The writers will be reading and discussing their work with […]

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Monday, August 19, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Book Launch: Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis

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Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 – 7.30 p.m. Waterstones Byres Road, 351-355 Byres Road in Glasgow, G12 8AU Blessed Assurances published by Vagabond Voices “The fact of the matter is Joseph Kirkland was afraid.  Afraid of not being Saved.  Afraid of being Saved. Afraid of the transformation that would occur the moment he uttered those words, Jesus! God! I want you to come […]

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Pollokshields Proposes Exhibition Launch

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Thursday, 22 August, 2019,  6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The Glad Cafe An informal launch with readings and music Throughout the Spring and early Summer, Henry Bell and Alec Finlay were Glasgow Creative Communities artists in residence in Pollokshields. Over three months they met with community groups, schools, and locals and discussed achievable, desirable and impossible […]

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Friday, August 16, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Gig Guide plus Club Events

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