Writing.

Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

Poetry by Maryam Raza

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Teetering steps turn to tenacious strides. Wavering buds bloomed into matchless flowers The gruff morphed to poise Whilst the sturdy attained unsurmountable strength. Sweltering summer rooms, a furnace moulding gold. A world of glamour deeply layered with intellect, Eternal memories etched, a treasure box that unlocked coveted opportunities. Spiralling laughters echo forever. The towering trees […]

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

A Scottish Soldier Foresees His Death by Frankie Gault

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Frankie Gault’s version of the WB Yeats poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ (contains swearing) Ah wis nineteen when ah joined the British Army. It wis the first time ah had made a decision for, aboot, and by masel. In the late seventies, a hectic housing scheme in the West of Scotland didny appear […]

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

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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A Letter to Prophet Muhammad ( pbuh) – Rizwan Akhtar

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(Yeats says tread softly because you tread on my dreams) I have laid bare my heart sealed by your memory, birds trees together sing a genre of melancholic desert song plead for your intervention summers are too hot to spend but have heard the wind deflected by your Green Dome brings a flood of fragrance, […]

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An Evening With Louise Welsh – The Second Cut

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Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, 17 February, 2022 – review by Pat Byrne Twenty years ago Louise Welsh’s debut crime novel, The Cutting Room, was launched at Waterstones Book Shop, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The prize winning book introduced us to Rilke, a Glaswegian auctioneer and coincidental amateur detective. On 17 February, 2022, there was a strong sense […]

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A Valentine’s Day Poem by Rizwan Akhtar

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The Train ever since that day a memory keeps shivering on a white table sheet with a stain of a cup’s bottom discovered a small wish silence swallowed I nabbed your hands like a desperate commuter though the last train is totally empty symptoms pointed paradoxes kept for the rest of the journey a dream […]

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Home Grown In Glasgow – a poem for International Women’s Day by Ruby McCann

Home Grown In Glasgow I am woman  a sister of Glasgow a pale skinned, freckled-faced Scot a she-child fae the sou’ side a native Glaswegian Mither Glasgow shaped me   I am a child of many born into this city I am Pict, I am Celt I am Irish, Scottish, and Glaswegian a city born, […]

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The Carrbridge Rose – Brian Whittingham

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A poem about love: THE CARRBRIDGE ROSE The Packhorse Bridge arches its back like a grey stone rainbow over the hard flowing river hurtling past banks of snowy ice. We explore chatting holding hands ever so slight as if young love though we are not. Our pasts ensure we tread warily. Not knowing where these […]

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On the West Highland Line – Linda Jackson

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(Image: Alan Mitchell / A Glasgow – Fort William train climbs onto Rannoch Moor – Wikipedia) A poem about the vulnerability of loving First published Dec 2021 in Wanderlust Women, available from www.seahorsepublications.com On the West Highland Line Linda Jackson Lost, my love there standing, Lochaber light and wildness capturing his rush to know everything. […]

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Poetry for Valentine’s Day by Donna Campbell

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(Image by Raluca Stoiciu from Pixabay ) Wish you were Here (Paris was built for Lovers) Today I wondered down the banks of the Seine, passed couples chaining love locks inscribed with their name and the date of when they first met before throwing the key into the water so no other could unlock the bond between […]

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Poetry for Valentine’s Day by Finola Scott

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long-distance love through    dark      your voice slips trouble-thick with exams rent       partner too far away in miles      and years to kiss      to make better too far in years  and miles I spin a bright cat’s cradle of words      to hold you      soothe you but       […]

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Flash Fiction for Valentine’s Day – Leela Soma

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Love at First Sight?  Smitten, I’ve been hit by the golden tip of Cupid’s arrow. Second date? See you tomorrow, same time, same place?  Tom  xxx He waited two hours wait. It was midnight, is she going to respond? He tossed and turned in bed.  Let him wait a bit, play a little hard to get? […]

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Ruby McCann – Glasgow Writer

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Ruby McCann is a Glasgow poet, writer, playwright, and creative writing tutor. Sadly Ruby passed away on Monday 7 February, 2022 in the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow. She retained her wonderful spirit and interest in others until the very end.  Deepest condolences to Ruby’s family and her many, many friends. Ruby has won numerous […]

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, writers, Writing

a serenade for Lahore’s Rain – Rizwan Akhtar

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a whirling leaf…mingled with the human leaf storm, dragged along by its impetuous force [Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez] what rain did to the city you did to me made me run for trees uncovered I dripped instead of words your love wet and watery turned into a lonely puddle pattered rippled bore splashes […]

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Sunday, January 23, 2022 | Filed under: Poetry, Rizwan Akhtar – Poet, Writing

Twelve Days of Christmas – Leela Soma

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A Festive Story by Leela Soma   Twelve days of Christmas She is excited, super excited from the moment she sees the tinsel and the baubles in the shop. October this year! Twelve days of Christmas? No, not for her. My nerves are frazzled from October onwards. She calls her friend excitedly. Day – 1. […]

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Shaking Hands With Christmas – Brian Whittingham

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The Quilt and The Book, Christmas Day The Ball and The Boots, Boxing Day A Christmas Trilogy THE FIRE AND THE TREE Christmas-Eve. Mum cleaned the grate of yesterday’s fireplace replenished it with crumpled newspaper, kindling, adding course-coal she lit, gently puffing her cheeks, blowing to fan the new-born flame. She’d stand the coal-shovel against […]

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To Move On – short story by Samina Chaudry

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(Image by Hans Benn) To Move On (Also published in Scottish PEN) Riz came out of the kitchen holding an oven tray. He put two chicken legs on her plate. It was pink in the middle when she cut through it. He looked up from his plate as he forked a mouthful of the chicken […]

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The Angel Beds by Michael Crossan

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From a valley place he came. A north man. The Scotsman. Fatherly to see, hardy spined, here in lowland Howwood a fortnight to fix a chapel rooftop. Eight till five daytime shifts. Grey then black hours. He the gaffer, a one man service, jacketed and booted, given hammer-tap at the slates. Afternoons, December crept dark […]

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The Fortune Teller by Pat Byrne

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‘it’s me. Colin. Let me in.’ Her brother nearly fell on top of her as Cora opened the door. ‘What’s up?’ She caught his arm as he staggered. ’Looks worse…that’s his, no mine.’ He patted his bloodstained shirt. ’My God. Look at the state of you.’ She helped him to the couch. One eye was […]

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Hopes and Fears by James Connarty

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A Christmas Story by James Connarty Joe went to Bethlehem once. It wasn’t Christmas Eve though. It was the height of Summer and he’d had to douse himself with insect repellent to keep the mosquitos from biting his face aff. His pals thought he’d cracked up, using his redundancy money like that – a mid-life […]

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Driving to Mass by Micheal Norton

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I drove through the sticks over the thick ice and frozen muck that gripped the backroads.   The countryside was pitch black, abandoned, with lonely houses spread out like rare driftwood amongst the ditches.  My mother was wrapped up in the passenger seat.  Her nose poking out from her head scarf as she eyed the road.  […]

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Springburn: Rome of the North – Ian R. Mitchell

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A Castle in Springburn? Read on…….. Springburn – its History and Walk                Born Balgrayhill Schooled Petershill                Worked Keppochhill Married Springburnhill                Sick Stobhill Domiciled Barnhill                 Rested Sighthill Springburn […]

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Monday, November 15, 2021 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks in Glasgow

What’s On in Glasgow: Books, Talks and Poetry Events

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(Ruby McCann, Poet, Editor, Publisher and Playwright) Glasgow is overflowing with literary fervour. Both established and up and coming writers can be heard reading their work at events in the city almost every night of the week. There are various book launches, spoken word events, literary festivals and writing workshops at various venues throughout the […]

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Monday, November 8, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Writing

Graeme Macrae Burnet – Glasgow Writer

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Graeme Macrae Burnet at Aye Write 2022 – 15 May 3 p.m. The Mitchell Library Really looking forward to new book from Graeme Macrae Burnet – ‘Case Study’ available  7 October, 2021. “I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger.” London, 1965. […]

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Old Coppers – short story by Lynne Maclagan

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I loved Nan’s at weekends. Matthew is her friend and he’d come over for supper. Then we’d play cards. Only one game, then bed. No messing. And a promise that he might still be there in the morning. He flicked his ash into the fireplace, the grey flecks disappeared amongst the coals. They drank whisky […]

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 | Filed under: stories and poems

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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Friday, June 18, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Ellen McAteer

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Ellen McAteer will perform at Scottish Poetry Library Launch Poetry London 100th Edition.  29 October, 2021 Ellen McAteer’s new pamphlet Honesty Mirror will be launched by Red Squirrel Press on zoom at 7 p.m on 22nd June, 2021 Honesty Mirror | Ellen McAteer Ellen McAteer is General Manager of Poetry London and the founder of […]

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Tom Leonard

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Sadly Tom Leonard died on 21 December, 2018. He was a wonderful poet and fascinating ‘citizen of the world’. PennSound Podcast: Tom Leonard in Glasgow 1978 Some Memories of Tom Leonard (1944 – 2018) – Richie McCaffery Tom Leonard – Glasgow Poet I admire Tom Leonard’s writing, his passion, his love of language and his […]

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Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

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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Janet Paisley: Scottish Author, Poet and Playwright

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Janet Paisley, R.I.P. 1948 – 9 November, 2018 Janet Paisley was a Scottish writer, poet, playwright, performer, publisher, editor, lecturer and teacher.   Writing in Scots and English, for children and adults, her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She has written for radio, television and cinema. First published in 1979, […]

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