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.

Different from Others with Illustrated Talk, GFT

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29 January, 2020 First released 100 years ago, almost destroyed in the Nazi era, and once believed lost, silent film Different from the Others is an artistic call for gay liberation. The romance between a musician (Conrad Veidt) and his pupil is complicated by stigma and the attentions of an enigmatic blackmailer (Reinhold Schünzel). Screening as part […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Creative Conversation: Kate Charlesworth, Illustrator and Writer

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Monday 27 January 2020, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ  www.gla.ac.uk/events/creativeconversations Kate Charlesworth: Illustrator and Writer Kate Charlesworth is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh, originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. After art college in […]

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Helen McClory: Short Story Writer and Novelist at Creative Conversations

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Monday 20 January 2020 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Helen McClory is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and she grew up between there and the Isle of Skye. She has lived in Sydney, […]

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Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Sonnet Youth #31 Old Hairdressers

17 January, 2020 Old Hairdressers, Renfield Ln, Glasgow G2 5AR Sonnet Youth is a spoken word house party. A literary rave. A poetic piss up – bringing together poets, authors, rappers, comedians and musicians for a night of no holds barred performances. Curated and hosted by Kevin P. Gilday – Writer & Spoken Word Artist […]

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Launch of Glasgow Historical City

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Wednesday, 29 January, 2020, 7.30 p.m. St Louis cafe bar on Dumbarton Road. Free but you will need to book to guarantee a seat. Call 0141 339 1742. Music by Gavin Paterson Readers include Lesley Benzie, Ruby McCann, Stuart Paterson, Dini Power and Danielle Redmond. Host Linda Jackson. St Louis Cafe Bar, 734 Dumbarton Rd, […]

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

The Siren Awakes by Linda Jackson, West End Launch

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Burns Books and Me – Sunday 26 January, 2019 7 p.m. Launch of The Siren Awakes in Glasgow West End at St Louis, Cafe Bar,  734 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow G11 6RD Linda will read from her memoir. Plus guests. Music from the Linda Jaxson Trio

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Petticoats and Pinnacles, NLS Kelvinhall

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Wednesday 4 March 2020, 6 – 7 p.m. NLS Kelvinhall, 1445 Argyle St, G3 8AW Paula Williams, Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar collections, will discuss Scottish women mountaineers. In another chance to hear this popular illustrated talk, Curator Paula Williams will explore the National Library of Scotland’s collections to uncover the hidden history of […]

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Dove Tales: Home Front Celtic Connections 2020

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29th January 2020 5.30pm A 50 minute mixed media performance evoking war and the losses of war. Poet/ performer Chrys Salt MBE reads from her collection Home Front/Front Line (Roncadora. 2013) and Mr Kalashnikov Regrets…( Hatterick’s House 2020) which  includes a dialogue in poetry and letters between Chrys and her son, then a paratrooper in […]

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Monday, January 13, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Celtic Connections 2020

Jolly Beggars Banquet Cheeky Besom Productions

Tuesday 28 January, 2020 Glasgow Literary Lounge at The Calton Bar ‘Jolly Beggars Banquet’ showcases the work of featured singer/songwriter and clarsach player, Pauline Vallance and editor and Burns researcher Kevin Gallagher. Host for the evening is Jim Ferguson. Calton Bar 415 London Road Glasgow G40 1AG Come on down to the Glasgow Literary Lounge @Calton Bar Glasgow. […]

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Switch Off – Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing

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Mon, February 3, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM GMT Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki building (Glasgow Caledonian University), Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA This event in Glasgow aims to help you to learn about and discuss one of the most important issues for the health of Scotland’s children. Register for Tickets at EventBrite About this […]

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Creative Conversations, Monday Lunchtimes, University of Glasgow Chapel

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Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Programme for Winter/Spring 2020 Kate Charlesworth Monday 27 January, 2020 Creative Conversation: Kate Charlesworth, Illustrator and Writer Creative Conversations kicks off in 2020 with the wonderful Val McDermid Val McDermid Crime Writer – Creative Conversations […]

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Benny Lynch Heritage Trail, Calton Bar

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Tuesday 25 February, 2019 Glasgow Literary Lounge Peter Mortimer is back at the Glasgow Literary Lounge, and he’s taking us on The Benny Lynch Heritage Trail with Christina Milarvie Quarrel. This story is about the extraordinary life of a Scottish icon. Benny Lynch who was the people’s champion. From growing up in the Gorbals to […]

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Pat's Home Page Blog

Scottish Writers’ Centre Periodical Publishing with Gerry Cambridge, Joy Hendry & Henry Bell

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Tuesday 14 January 2020 CCA 7pm – 8.30pm, £5 (£3) on the door / Free for SWC members, Clubroom / All ages 0141 352 4900 Join three Goliaths of Scottish periodical publishing to discuss the work of creating and sustaining a publication and how that interacts with their own writing. Gerry Cambridge is the founder-editor of the internationally regarded […]

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Val McDermid Crime Writer – Creative Conversations

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Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Monday 13 January 2020, 1 – 2 p.m. www.gla.ac.uk/events/creativeconversations/ Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Val […]

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Paisley Book Festival 2020

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Radical Voices & Rebel Stories 20 – 29 February, 2020 See the full programme Paisley’s inaugural Book Festival will take inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals reflecting their spirit with a programme of grassroots activism, new ideas and political conversation. The festival programme includes events for children, young adults and adults with […]

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Thursday, December 26, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Events, Fairs, Festivals and Fundraisers

Glasgow Libraries Christmas Reading Challenge for Kids

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2 December, 2019  – 4 January, 2020 Encouraging young readers to get involved in Glasgow Libraries’ Festive Reading Tradition with this year’s Christmas Reading Challenge. Young readers aged 0-12 are being challenged to read three library books over the festive period.  Enjoy books and discover wonderful new worlds during the dark winter nights. Little book […]

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Books at the Botanics, Christmas 2019

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14 and 14 December, 2019 Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE ‘The weather outside is frightful but our books are delightful so come and shelter from the elements and see if there’s something for someone on your Christmas list or even for your good self.’ Books at the Botanics Facebook

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Saturday, December 14, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Christmas in Glasgow, Shopping

Are We In A Book – book launch The Dram

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Sunday 15 December, 2019 – 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. ‘Are We In The Book’ – Stories and Poems for Children Black Agnes Press presents the Glasgow launch of their first anthology for children, with all proceeds going to Barnardo’s Scotland. Come along and hear fabulous writers like Ciara MacLaverty and Finola Scott read from […]

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Community event, Kids and young people

I Am A Rohinga Creative Conversations

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Monday 9 December, 2019 – 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Special Event at Creative Conversations Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ A special event to celebrate I Am A Rohnigya (Arc, 2019) featuring editors James Byrne and Shehzar Doja as well as readings recorded from the Cox’s […]

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Karen Campbell: Novelist at Creative Conversations

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(Photograph by Ian Watson – Studio Scotland) Monday 09 December 2019, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Karen Campbell was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writers’ bursary in 2002, and graduated from Glasgow University’s Creative […]

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Have Yourself a Literary Solstice, Poetry is the Way to Peace

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM Glasgow Literary Lounge Cheeky Besom Productions at The Calton Bar ‘It’s the Winter Solstice and in the true spirit of the Speakeasy, Cheeky Besom Productions will be rocking around the tree celebrating Celtic Roots & Poetry Is The Way To Peace in partnership with The […]

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Christmas in Glasgow

Christmas Shopping at Thistle Books Glasgow West End

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Celebrate Christmas at Thistle Books The Courtyard, 55 Otago Street, Kelvinbridge, G12 8PQ Sunday, 8 December, 2019 – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Christmas shopping at Thistle Books with mulled wine and mince pies! www.thistlebooks.co.uk Event on Facebook

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The Great Hack Screening and Discussion CCA

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Monday 2 December 2019 6pm, Free but ticketed, Cinema 18+ / F-rated Book online / 0141 352 4900 The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Join us for a free screening of this groundbreaking Netflix documentary. Hosted by Open […]

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Friday, November 29, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Cinema

Mary Irvine’s blog: West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019

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West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019 What a busy week! Monday kicked off with a very icy drive out to the Cove and Kilgreggan Literary Society who had kindly invited me to talk about my life in Greece and how it influenced my writing. I illustrated the talk with a slide show which I must […]

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Making Her Mark Launch Event

10 December, 2019. 12.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Kairos Womens’ Space, POP Space, Piazza Shopping Centre, 15 Central Rd, Paisley PA1 1EL Where are the unsung heroines of Renfrewshire and how are they celebrated or remembered? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? Come along, enjoy some tea and cake and find […]

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Monday, November 25, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Community event

Book Week Scotland 2019: Kerry Hudson

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Kerry Hudson presents “Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns” Dumbarton Library, Strathleven Pl, Dumbarton G82 1BD Friday 22nd November, 2019 at 7.00pm On Friday evening the fantastic author Kerry Hudson ill be at Dumbarton Library. Kerry is deeply proud of being working class but she doesn’t have any nostalgia for […]

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Events, Fairs, Festivals and Fundraisers

The Big Talk, Men and Mental Health at The Ice Box

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8 December, 2019 – 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. The Ice Box Arts and Music Centre, St Luke’s Business Estate, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 0TS FYI Men in Glasgow and surrounding! “Too many men in Scotland have lost their lives this year alone, and the staff at NHC / The Ice Box, and some friends of […]

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Health and Fitness

Book launch: The Light Acknowledgers by Gerry Cambridge

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2 December, 2019, 7 p.m. The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 5AR Join Gerry Cambridge & guests Cheryl Follon and Gerald Mangan at the launch of Gerry Cambridge’s new book, The Light Acknowledgers & Other Poems, his first for seven years. With an introduction (and no doubt a poem) by poet & animateur Michael Pedersen. […]

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Telling Invents Told Lis Rhodes

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7 December, 2019 LUX Scotland and Good Press Good Press, 32 St Andrews Street, G1 5PD An afternoon of readings and discussion, organised in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library and introduced by Maria Palacios Cruz (LUX/The Visible Press) the second of our events to launch the publication of Telling Invents Told, the first collection of writings by […]

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Thomas A Clark: Poet Artist Curator at Creative Converstions

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Monday 18 November 2019, 1 – 2 p.m. Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ www.gla.ac.uk/events/creativeconversations/ Thomas A Clark was born in Greenock, Scotland. His poetry has been consistently attentive to form and to the experience of walking in the landscape, returning […]

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events

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