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Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

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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Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, 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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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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Glasgow Writer: Samina Chaudry

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Samina Chaudry was born in Manchester and then moved to Lahore as a child. After completing a Masters degree in English Literature from Punjab University she became a lecturer at Bahria College, Karachi. In 1999 she moved to Glasgow, where she worked part time for Breast Cancer Relief as well as Scottish Power. Recently she […]

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 | Filed under: writers

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: Willy Maley

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Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow; literary critic, editor, lecturer and writer. For a number of years I’ve been crossing paths with Willy Maley, not because I have a particular interest in literature from the Renaissance period but mainly because I am a big fan of the Scottish writer Muriel Spark. […]

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Glasgow Writers: Alistair Braidwood – Scots Whay Hae!

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Alistair Braidwood, who runs the popular website and podcast Scots Whay Hae! has a passion for Scottish creativity including books, film and music. Little wonder the site is so popular as it includes a tremendous amount of fascinating features and reviews about Scottish arts events and artists. The podcasts are engrossing, reflecting not only Alistair’s […]

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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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Glasgow Writers: Pauline Lynch

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Glasgow Launch ‘Wildest of All’ Waterstones Sauchiehall Street 26 October, 2017 Pauline Lynch is an actor and writer. She began her professional life playing Lizzie in the film from the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting.  Since then she’s worked internationally in stage, film, TV and radio. In 2011 she joined the MLitt Creative Writing programme at […]

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Louise Welsh: Glasgow Writer

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Louise Welsh Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan – a very quiet street – Woodlands Community 19 and 20 September, 2020 Louise Welsh will host Creative Conversations Scottish Writers Showcase Online Event Monday 11 August, 2020. King Keich by Louise Welsh review Pat Byrne, October, 2018 Inaugural […]

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Friday, June 11, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

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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Glasgow Writer: Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove – Edinburgh Book Festival Online – The Soul of Muhammad Ali 17 August 11.30 a.m. Stuart Cosgrove – Scottish Writers Showcase Creative Conversations Tuesday 11 August, 2020 – Stuart will discuss his latest book Cassius X The Transformation of Mohammad Ali. Stuart Cosgrove at Aye Write 2020, 13 March, 2020 The Mitchell Library: […]

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Filed under: writers

Nursat Fatah Ali Praises Muhammad pbuh – Rizwan Akhtar

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New poem by Rizwan Akhtar – May, 2021 Nursat Fatah Ali Praises Muhammad pbuh Oh! Muhamamd wearing the black robe no one like you a sacred angst makes listeners agape in-between notes silence becomes a saintly chamber the maestro conducts a wedding of tabla and Vedder’s guitar in a French priory and parks this Pavarotti […]

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | Filed under: Rizwan Akhtar – Poet, stories and poems

Ghazal: Soul’s Food – Rizwan Akhtar

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Ghazal: Soul’s Food In love fever/separation kills. Finding her/would ease the burning. Ibn Arabi   The last Apostle said about his first spouse “Khadijah is my soul’s food” this could be a word a Lover cares to say to his Beloved for soul’s food.   Those who are distracted by ways of the world need […]

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Poetry, Rizwan Akhtar – Poet, stories and poems, Writing

Mongrel: Donna Campbell debut poetry collection

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‘Not only are these poems formally elegant, punchy, compassionate, witty and heart-breaking, but they have a self-honesty that is as hard to master in life as it is in poetry… Mongrel is a luminous addition to Scottish poetry.’  Tracey Patrick Following a particularly difficult time in her life, Donna, who is from Clydebank, has created […]

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Francesca Baird: Blogging about Autism: Work and My Fantasy World

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The following is a short extract from my book: Label Me: My Journey Towards an Autism Diagnosis Autism and Relationships: Chapter 5. A Fantasy World.  My first actual conversation with the security guard I fancied occurred when I was standing behind the desk in the shop, counting the day’s takings. I looked up and…oh my […]

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Sunday, April 4, 2021 | Filed under: Label Me: Francesca Baird blogging about autism, Writing

Francesca Baird: Blogging about Autism. Autism and Work (2)

My second job – Autism: Dealing with Social and Communication Difficulties (Autism in females is not well understood: possibly because autistic traits manifest themselves differently in girls than they do in males and girls are better as masking their autistic traits. Therefore, it is of no surprise that many females go through their entire lives […]

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Sunday, March 7, 2021 | Filed under: Label Me: Francesca Baird blogging about autism, Writing

How Poets See The World – Paisley Book Festival 2021 review by Pat Byrne

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Paisley Book Festival At Home With poets and writers: Brian Whittingham, Basia Palka, Sean McMenemy, Jim Ferguson and Kay Metcalfe It was lovely to sit down with a coffee in my living room and catch this Paisley Book Festival event on YouTube.  Brian Whittingham introduced the event by telling us that : ‘a poet’s job […]

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Weird Pleasure by Jim Ferguson review of the launch by Pat Byrne

I think it’s fair to say that most book launches, particularly on zoom, no matter how engrossing,  can be fairly staid affairs. Not so the launch of Jim Ferguson’s ‘Weird Pleasure’ – this was a raucous, irreverent and highly entertaining event.  There was much praise for Jim’s impressive new poems and Louise Malone’s art work […]

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

Book Launch: The Stone in My Pocket by Matthew Keeley

Launch on YouTube Sunday 28th February 4pm  Join the book launch on You Tube The Stone in My Pocket ‘Powerfully evokes all of the emotions you want when you read a good novel.’ – The Independent  A poignant coming-of-age story following a teenage journey into mediumship, independence, 90s pop culture, and a new millennium. The […]

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Multi-talented and Versatile – Laura Turnbull Fyfe

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Laura jokes that she has a low boredom threshold. Ten years ago, she went part-time as a teacher and since then has honed plate-spinning to a fine art. A mother to five-year old Riley, she also fits in part-time teaching, facilitation of writing communities and leads writing workshops – all around writing her own novels and poetry.  […]

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf – Review 

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Review By Lola Rose The rise of the pandemic has forcibly restricted my being able to travel on my gap year before starting University in September, 2021. I’ve been lacking in motivation to read or write and so I decided that it would be beneficial and make use of my time at home by completing […]

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Friday, January 29, 2021 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Lola Rose: aspiring writer, Writing

This is not the time to be the bad Angel by Jim Byrne

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This is not a poem – it is just some Sunday ruminations that might become a song lyric. This is not the time to be the bad Angel This is not the time this is not the time to be the bad Angel to break the rules to celebrate the dark side of life to […]

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Sunday, January 10, 2021 | Filed under: Coronavirus, Coronavirus stories and poems, Pat's Home Page Blog, Poetry, Writing

Poetry by Hafsah Bashir

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Hafsah Bashir – Author, Poet and Social Counsellor Rain in NewYork  It rains in NewYork  and all I crave is the scent of soil I hold the dirt and smell fruit and fortune rich and fertile it is corporeal in texture earthly in odor doesn’t smell like soil ships me aback to the dirt, I […]

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Thursday, January 7, 2021 | Filed under: Poetry, stories and poems

Mary Irvine’s Blog: The Eve of Destruction – again?

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I care about my planet, Earth. I worry about its future. The majority of people would admit that Man is destroying the Earth and, ultimately, Mankind. In respect of the latter probably no bad thing. Perhaps Man has a built-in defect – a self-destruct button. So let him do it. Start again. The problem is […]

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 | Filed under: Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene, Writing for the Festive Season

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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I Was A Child Of The Thirties – Christina Byrne

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Christina Byrne – Essay on Growing Up in Clydebank I was a child of the thirties I was a child of the thirties and forties, growing up with rationing and war-time shortages, and one item that was in very short supply was money. My father had an allotment where he grew soft fruit and vegetables […]

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Writing

Winter Rain – Derek J. Brown

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Winter Rain Tonight, in the city, a winter rain falls heavily, with an unknown purpose It takes more than rain to cleanse soul and more than soul to change a world pleading to be altered. Everything is conscience denied its head and tail, Edward Hopper in his grave, not turning, not stirring, tuned to a […]

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Tak Tent (Take Care) Christmas video – Janet Crawford

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‘A wee Christmas wish…take care and all the best for 2021’ Janet Crawford Janet Crawford is a Falkirk based writer. ‘I write about the stuff I see, the issues that get to me and those which make my heart soar.’ Janet Crawford on Twitter

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