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Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

A Walk in the Kilpatricks – poem by Christina Byrne

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(Looking down from the Kilpatricks to the River Clyde – by Gary Mullen) A walk in the Kilpatricks Onward and upward, my weary boots trudge They said it was a gentle slope To me it seems a mountain Just don’t look up, keep walking Your mind intimidates You think you just can’t do it Then […]

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Saturday, May 30, 2020 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Coronavirus stories and poems

Performance Cancelled by Pat Byrne

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So it was exciting. My first gig as a singer songwriter. A big affair with full backing band. A sell out.  The dressing room was exactly like the wee room where I met Ruth Marsh at Glasgow Film Theatre when I interviewed her for my podcast.  Slight problem having no mirror but I’d done my […]

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Saturday, May 23, 2020 | Filed under: Coronavirus stories and poems, Pat's Home Page Blog

Corona Virus Stew – poem by Leela Soma

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FiveRings at English Wikipedia / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) Recipe May 2020  Ingredients: Shopping list flour, toilet rolls, food, food, Stock pile, no space, greed, look after number 1 Stay home, save lives, save the NHS Watch TV, social distance at 2 metres, daily update Ventilators, nightingale hospital, PPE Care home deaths, scientists graphs, flatten the […]

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Baked With Love – a poem by Leela Soma

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Baked with Love An eighteenth century recipe handed down with an intriguing tale of passion, incarceration in a tiger’s cage. A bloody vengeful murder of Khani Begum the fair young lover of Aga Bakar by Jainul. Devastated by her death the young master baker Came up with a recipe for Bakharkhani bread, a tribute to […]

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | Filed under: Leela Soma writing and blogging, stories and poems

‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ poetry collection by Ali Whitelock

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New poetry collection from Scottish Poet Ali Whitelock based in Sydney, Australia. ‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide. ‘The poems in Ali Whitelock’s the lactic acid in the calves of your despair are packed with hilarity and gut-wrenching and everything in between. For anyone who ever made […]

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, New Books by Scottish Writers

cocoon by Russell Jones – collection of poems and comic poems

A new full-length collection of poetry by Edinburgh-based writer & editor Russell Jones. Features comic poems illustrated by Sara Julia Campbell, Caroline Grebbell, Aimee Lockwood, Edward Ross & Mark Toner.  To be published on 1 April, 2020. About cocoon cocoon is a unique collection of poems that explores the worlds we create, the transformations we […]

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Filed under: New Books by Scottish Writers

New Collection of Poems: Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson

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Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson Published by Speculative Books. “Each one of these poems is a tribute to the 99% of people struggling to get by and deal with the psychological stress of life on the poverty margins.’ Tracy Patrick. Read ‘growin pains” a poem from the collection Jim Ferguson New Poetry – Poor Wurld […]

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Monday, March 23, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, New Books by Scottish Writers

The Clearing: A memoir of art, family and mental health by Samantha Clark

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This house has been a regular presence in my life for as long as I can remember. My heart has sunk a little every time I walk in . . . Samantha Clark enjoyed a busy career as an artist before returning home to Glasgow to take care of the house that her parents had […]

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David Craig, Scottish Writer – free book offer

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(Cover Design by Alison Buck) David Craig has three novels published by a small press publisher Elsewhen Press. Given the current Covid-19 crisis and calls to self-isolate, He would like to contribute something to the community to help pass the time and ease boredom. David will ‘gift’ via Amazon Kindle ten copies each of his […]

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The Siren Awakes – memoir by Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson’s ‘The Siren Awakes’ is a haunting, heartbreaking and often hilarious dissection of the author’s own childhood and early adulthood; a real world of monster masks, dark closes, dazzling sunlight, love, fear, and, particularly, music. Gentle innocence and sudden cruel violence exist side by side. (Graham Fulton, Poet) To buy the book please email seahorsepublisher@gmail.com […]

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, New Books by Scottish Writers

Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis

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Published by Vagabond Voices, November, 2019   Blessed Assurance is a coming of age novel. It is set against the backdrop of a small close-knit evangelical community in the fictional Scottish village of Kilhaugh one fog bound December in the late nineteen sixties when the Cold War was on the brink of turning hot. The […]

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‘Doors tae Naewye’ poetry by Christie Williamson

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Doors tae Naewye by Christie Williamson (published by Luath Press) £8.99 (Available to buy at Luath Press) Supported by the Scottish Book Trust ‘Doors tae Naewye’ is a book of broken sequences, with nearly three quarters of the poetry being in Shetlandic, and the rest in English. ‘My first collection was the result of over […]

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, New Books by Scottish Writers

Keeping Time novel by Thomas Legendre

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A crumbling marriage. An ancient mystery. And a way to change the past . . . Thomas Legendre is assistant professor at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of the novel The Burning, as well as Half Life, a play performed with the National Theatre of Scotland, and the radio drama Dream Repair, aired by BBC4. £16 Available to […]

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, New Books by Scottish Writers

Much Left Unsaid by Finola Scott – poetry

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Debut Pamphlet Published by Red Squirrel Press £6 – buy online Glaswegian Finola Scott’s poems can be found on posters, postcards and tapestries. Her work has been anthologised in many publications including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Fenland Reed, Lighthouse and The Ofi Press. She was commissioned by StAnza International Poetry Festival for inclusion in a multimedia installation issued as a […]

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Glasgow Film Festival 2020, The August Virgin review Fionnuala Boyle

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The August Virgin, or La Virgen de Agosto, is the latest film from Spanish director Jonás Trueba. The film follows 30-something Eva as she tries to find her way out of the fog which has descended on her life and her city amidst the searing heat of an airless Madrid August. We are introduced to […]

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Glasgow Film Festival 2020: Close Up – Susan Wood Exhibition

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Susan Wood: Close Up shows exemplary work from an art and film icon Review by Fionnuala Boyle (Exhibition runs until 8th March, 2020 –The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU Attending Susan Richardson Wood’s exhibition of work at The Lighthouse on February 24, 2020, I had no preconceptions. I wasn’t familiar with Susan’s work, […]

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Glasgow Film Festival 2020 – Jazz on a Summer’s Day review by Pat Byrne

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On a dreich Glasgow day a perfect movie choice was Jazz On A Summer’s Day, showing at Glasgow Film Festival 2020. Fashion photographer Bert Stern’s film of the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 not only offered an amazing line up of some of the world’s most wonderful jazz musicians but also caught the fashion, atmosphere and […]

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The County, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 review by Pat Byrne

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Part of Country Strand: Iceland Northern Shining Lights Grímur Hákonarson’s film is set in a rural community in Iceland. From the outset you gain a sense of the place with shots of a remote farmhouse and frost covered fields. The demanding nature of the farmers’ work is apparent; an early scene shows Inga (Arndís Hrönn […]

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Cinema, Glasgow Film Festival 2020, Pat's Home Page Blog

John Byrne’s 80th Birthday Bash, Paisley Book Festival 2020 review by Pat Byrne

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John Byrne’s 80th birthday at Paisley Arts Centre attracted a full house. Part of Paisley Book Festival 2020, the event was advertised as celebrating ‘the life and work of one of Scotland’s most beloved playwrights and artists’. The palpable respect and affection emanating from the audience reinforced the accolade. I expect most people were very […]

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Monday, February 24, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog

Celtic Connections 2020: This Is Caledonian Soul review by Pauline Keightley

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Blue Rose Code: This Is Caledonian Soul at the Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2020 A celebration of outstanding Scottish soul music, covering such artists as the Blue Nile, Del Amitri, Gerry Rafferty, Lewis Capaldi, Travis, KT Tunstall and Annie Lennox. The concert was hosted by the inimitable and very talented Ross Wilson (aka Blue Rose […]

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Celtic Connections 2020, Pauline Keightley

‘Where God put the West’ – travelling through the land of the Navajo Ian R Mitchell

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Ian R Mitchell “Do you ever get tired of that view?” I asked, sitting in the cafe of the visitor centre. “How could I?” said the young Navajo waitress, “John Ford said Monument Valley was the place where God put the West. He was right.” She is from a nation living in an area roughly […]

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

Glasgow Writer: Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove at Aye Write 2020 13 March, 2020 The Mitchell Library: With Recollective Barrowland Ballads Stuart Cosgrove’s new book ‘Harlem 69’ – the final part of the #SoulTrilogy  is out in early October, 2018, Watch out for signing events throughout the UK.  Available to Pre-Order at Amazon. Stuart’s expertise in the world of soul made him a […]

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 | Filed under: writers

Celtic Connections 2020 Auld Lang Syne Concert review and photos Pauline Keightley

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What an excellent concert! This concert had a fantastic line up of singers backed by the wonderful Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Of course a performance with much loved Burns songs, these singers and the orchestra was bound to be a winner and everyone was on top form. Gaelic singer Karen Matheson began the concert with some […]

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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

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