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Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

Celtic Connections 2020 Hannah Read and Andy Monaghan review by Fionnuala Boyle

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Celtic Connections made its way to the CCA on Friday 24th January to welcome singer/fiddler Hannah Read and Frightened Rabbit guitarist Andy Monaghan, with support from singer-songwriter Cara Rose. The musicians were a pleasure to be in the company of and to listen to, with the dimly-lit room providing a real Zen ambience for the […]

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Coastal Connections Festival 2020 review and photography by Pauline Keightley

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Celtic Connections 2020 18 January, 2020 Celebrating Coastal Connections This new festival within a festival celebrating Scotland’s vast coastlines and many islands was highly successful and a sold-out event. For the price of a ticket, we were given a wristband to access musical performances of the highest calibre . The festival was held over different […]

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GRIT Orchestra Celtic Connections 2020 photography and review Pauline Keightley

Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic Connections festival 2020. Grit Orchestra led by conductor Greg Lawson performed new compositions inspired by the Declaration of Arbroath and tracks from Martyn Bennets Grit album.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 16 January, 2020 A  triumphant opening concert with the excellent and exuberant GRIT orchestra! The concert hall buzzed in anticipation of this year’s festival at the opening concert. Some may think – isn’t January a low month – but not with GRIT Orchestra.  The Celtic fiddles danced along to the feet-tapping […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Celtic Connections 2020

Wrest and Maz O’Connor, Celtic Connections review Fionnuala Boyle

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Day two of Celtic Connections 2020 came to a close on Friday 17 January in The Blue Arrow which provided the perfect atmosphere for a night of musical talent. With the low lighting, hanging lampshades and cosy seating areas bringing definite jazz club vibes, a hubbub of laughter and conversation filled the room as Edinburgh […]

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Fionnuala Boyle – Glove Makes the World Go Round

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In his New Year message, the Archbishop of Canterbury urged Britons to “start healing some of the divisions that we’ve seen over recent years” by reaching out to people in their lives who they are estranged from or may disagree with on the issues of the day. “Pick one person. Pick up the phone. Send them […]

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The Pure Amazing Wiz of Oz review by Fionnuala Boyle

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Like many children, when I was growing up, it wasn’t quite Christmas time without a trip to the panto. A uniquely Glaswegian experience, some might say, considering the UK-wide success of The Krankies in the 70s and 80s turning Glasgow into something of a panto hotspot when the holiday season rolled around. My experience of […]

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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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Sunday, December 22, 2019 | Filed under: Writing for the Festive Season

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, December 21, 2019 | Filed under: writers

The Mackintosh Group, Helensburgh Library

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The Mackintosh Group Wednesday, 11th December, 7 p.m. Helensburgh Library, West King Street, G84 8EB  Free Event Free wine and mince pies The Mackintosh Group of Writers are not a club but a disparate and relaxed group of writers from the Vale, Balloch and Helensburgh who meet at the Helensburgh Library only to write and […]

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews

Three New Poems by Rizwan Akhtar

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Ghazal: in the Rain for Ellen Mansfield What drove you to get yourself wet in the rain Perhaps a project long pending, only in the rain See your body curving & splashing for targets Not me but those slanting arrows in the rain Oh! like a strain the dress stuck to your flesh limbs expressed […]

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Filed under: stories and poems

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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Wine Tasting at The Lansdowne – Mother India’s Cafe

I spent a very enjoyable and informative evening when I went along to a wine tasting event at The Lansdowne Restaurant – Mother India’s Cafe at Kelvinbridge..  My friend Issi didn’t make it as there was a massive snarl up on the Clydeside Expressway and she was stuck down there.  I was a bit late […]

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The Siren Awakes Book Launch – Linda Jackson review by Pat Byrne

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What a Night! There was a fantastic turn out at Avant Garde on Monday for the launch of The Siren Awakes – the first of three memoirs about life as a young singer, growing up in Paisley by Linda Jackson. I had been really looking forward to the even as I had already caught a […]

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Let Glasgow Flourish: The Case for a Metropolitan City Boundary, Ian R. Mitchell

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Over the last fifteen years or so there has been a marked improvement in the built fabric of Glasgow. Change, however, has been uneven. While some areas have been transformed almost beyond recognition, the increase in poverty over the past ten years means others have declined further into ghetto-isation and marginalisation.The reasons are obvious. The […]

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell, Pat's Home Page Blog, Writing

Return to Tuscany 2019

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Two years ago Jim and I won the bid in an auction for a holiday in Tuscany in support of Starchild Charity.  At last this September (2019) we  headed for Bagni di Lucca for our stay at Tuscan Rooms. Our accommodation was in a refurbished 200 year old town house with a little balcony, shutters […]

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, Travel, Writing

Town Hall Meeting U.S.A. Leela Soma

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Town Hall Meeting I attended  my first Town Hall meeting in USA. As Boris Johnson is creating chaos in the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ I was curious to see how invested our cousins over the pond were in politics, especially in these politically polarised times. Well I was in for a treat. Not a Maga hat […]

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Friday, September 6, 2019 | Filed under: Leela Soma writing and blogging, stories and poems

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

Flour Power – Live Language School Glasgow

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A SANDY CAKE FROM RUSSIA WINS TV PRIZE TATIANA Camilleri baked a cake in honour of her Russian grandmother and won the final episode of Flour Power Competition on the new BBC Scotland Channel. Tatiana was one of the four contestants from the Live Language School in Somerset Place, Glasgow taking part in the baking […]

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews

Govanhill: Portrait of a Community review Pat Byrne

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The Deep End – Govanhill Baths Arts Space 21 Nithsdale Street,  Glasgow G41 2PZ Part of Govanhill International Festival 2019 Jim and I had a great time at the Govanhill Carnival on Sunday at Queens Park so I though I would venture back across the Clyde to catch some more of the festival. I went […]

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Mary Irvine’s Blog: Bruce Biddolph Outstanding as ‘The Inquisitor’

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Peter Arnott’s play ‘The Inquisitor’ was recently performed by Bruce Biddolph at the Alexandria Library . The audience sat in a semi-circle in front of a table. A man entered. His dress implied he was someone of importance. An official, maybe. Collar, tie, smart jacket and trousers, highly polished shoes. The table became an office […]

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Scottish PEN Writers In Exile review by Pat Byrne

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As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish PEN’s Writers In Exile committee presented a literary event at The Project Cafe´, Glasgow on 24 June, 2019; they brought together exiled writers and writers who are far from home.  Liz Niven chair of Scottish PEN’S Writers in Exile Committee was host  the participants were:  Samina Chaudry […]

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Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald review by Jim Byrne

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In ‘Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald’, filmmaker Katja Duregger celebrates the voice and musicality of Ella Fitzgerald – charting her rise, from the low of working as a lookout at a bordello (1930’s), to the high of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom (highest civilian awards of the United States) in 1992. […]

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Saturday, July 6, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Cinema

An Afternoon of Fiction, Poetry and Performance

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Saturday 6 July, 2019. 1 – 5 p.m. An afternoon of fiction, poetry and performance in Finn’s Place. Fun, creating and ‘doing your own thing’ but performance is optional. With Linda Jackson. £15/£10 Finn’s Place, 167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Classes and Workshops, Writing

An Evening with Multi Award winning author Robin Lloyd-Jones

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Hosted by the Helensburgh Library and the Mackintosh Group review by Mary Irvine There was a full house at the Helensburgh Library on Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 for ‘An Evening with Robin Lloyd-Jones’. A brief introduction and Robin took over. He began by reading the very first piece he had had published, which was in […]

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Monday, June 3, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene

Dan Richards Booked! Festival 2019 review Mary Irvine

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Dan Richards ‘Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the World’ Balloch Library Sunday 19th May 2019 This was my favourite event of this year’s festival. The great intrepid British explorer, risking life and limb to go where no man has gone before (or rarely, in this case) is not of a bygone age. […]

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Mary Irvine review: Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Booked! Festival

Booked! Festival Alexandria Library Friday, 17th May, 2019 Polly Clarke – the tiger lady! Polly Clarke, born in Toronto, now domiciled in Helensburgh and London (where she does her writing on a houseboat) sashayed down the aisle in a stunning, single-tiger print dress which she later confided had been discovered on the Internet – a […]

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour, The Mitchell review Pat Byrne

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Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today It really is absolutely hellish: ‘We live in the world’s sixth-richest economy but one-fifth of us live in poverty’. Kerry Hudson. Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn Tour isn’t your usual book launch – her book ‘Lowborn – Poverty in Britain Today’, alongside tour events, aims to inform people about just what […]

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry Events

Richard Holloway ‘Waiting for the Last Bus’ review Mary Irvine

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Tuesday 14th May 2019 Booked! Festival of Words, West Dunbartonshire For several years now the ‘Booked! Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words has commenced its series of events with the Alistair Pearson Lecture at the Millennium Hall, Gartocharn. This year a tribute to this extraordinary man was given by James Macrea who gave a brief […]

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Two poems by Finola Scott: ‘Garlic’ and ‘Rhubarb’

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(Image: Olga Oginskaya) In the iron-dark shop piled with companions it’s functional mottled  white on white    waiting contained    wrapped in disguise Beneath gauze veils    folded in parchment  it parcels itself cloaks taste    holds secrets a cupped palm’s width of flavour home on my worktop it casts wing-thin skins &   explodes Finola […]

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 | Filed under: stories and poems, Sweet or sharp summer stories and poems, writers

Glasgow Writer: Mary Irvine

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Mary Irvine, is a writer who hails from Yorkshire but has made her home near Glasgow. She is involved in numerous projects writing short stories, collaborating in producing  local history pamphlets about Dumbarton with the illustrator Anne Marshall. Mary also works tirelessly promoting other authors through the many literary events she initiates and organises. Her […]

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Filed under: Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene, writers

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