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Stories, poems and other writing from Glasgow writers.

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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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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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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Saturday, December 12, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events

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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Ice on Loch Lomond a poem by Catriona Malan

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(Photograph by Mike Taylor) That was the winter the loch froze over stealing reflections from the hills, and laying its pale shawl on their shoulders. Islands, feeling they were trapped, huddled sullen in the cold as the wind shaved the bracken of their skin. But the postman skated that squeaking plain sensing, beneath his blades, […]

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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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Mary Irvine’s Blog: A Year to Remember – or forget..

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As 2020 is rapidly coming to a close I decided to take stock of what I’ve actually done during the year. It Started Well The year started well. An earlier blog described my visit to friends down south, with trips to two London exhibitions and meeting up with Greek ex-students. My diary was filling up […]

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Ruby saves the day by Gillian Mayes

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Ruby is a young woman who lives at home with her mother, father and little brother. She lives in a part of Glasgow called Giffnock, where there are nice houses with big gardens so that everybody there feels very lucky. Most of her days are straightforward – the odd calamity happens of course, like losing […]

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Book Launch: Weird Pleasure by Jim Ferguson

On Zoom Friday 11 December, 2020 at 6 p.m. Dr Ferguson will read a selection of poems from his new collection and possibly answer a question or two about his work. (Leamington Book Publishers) Join Zoom Meeting See Event on Facebook for Meeting ID and Password  Podbean: Jim and Pat’s West End Chat: Jim Ferguson […]

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Reunion – a poem by Rizwan Akhtar

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Reunion And was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer. Al Quran cows moo a big bloke honks their lazy mounds of bodies school boys tear sugar canes under a rusty pump a bearded man performs ablution like that heroine of Punjabi romance clanking bangles eyes crammed with mascara a village girl skips […]

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

Mary Irvine’s Blog: Something for Hallowe’en

Witch Hunting in Scotland Scotland was one of the countries in Europe where a lot of witch hunting took place. There were five national large scale witch hunts in Scotland between 1590 and 1662. Most of these were concentrated in the East Coast and the Borders, but there were also cases in the West. Not […]

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Deep Dive Workshops Stay at Home Literary Festival

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Tuesday 13 October, 2020, 6 p.m. Zoom Event- Stay At Home Literary Festival Elizabeth Reeder shares with you the complex nature surrounding the conception, execution, and most importantly the process of her decision-making in her writing projects.  About the Event As a writer, Dr. Elizabeth K. Reeder has a total addiction to creating unspoken, embedded […]

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Wash a poem by Nina Quigley

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WASH When I go downstairs you’re standing at the sink wrestling an unruly yellow plastic basin that keeps bobbing up, sticking it’s face over the neatly dumped, sausage-like, foetus-like twists of wrung-out clothes on the stainless steel draining board that are crowding out the blue china willow pattern mugs tilted, hugging the rim and the […]

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 | Filed under: stories and poems, Writing

Poetry: Love’s Noise by Rizwan Akhtar

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Love’s Noise The riveting sound of a grass aerator spills over the dark passage hypnotic after a chair squeaked through wind outside the man bent frantically levels the weeded patches some are too thick like moments cast by random reaching unaware that interceptions are natural a woodpecker knocked and afterwards the phone burred craving hands […]

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Glasgow Women’s Library Bold Types Writing Competition

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Bold Types: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition Be bold and submit your short stories and poems to Glasgow Women’s Library annual writing competition!  Following Book Week Scotland theme – FUTURE . So, cast your mind into the future and e-mail your short stories and poems of up to 1000 words (either in a Word Document […]

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, Writing

Govan’s Glories: Central Govan Walk Ian R. Mitchell

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THE TALK In one of his biographies, Alex Ferguson expressed pride in his origins  when he stated that “to call Govan a district of Glasgow was an insult.” Most Govanites would agree and the area is without doubt the one with the strongest sense of identity amongst the older working class districts of the city. […]

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | Filed under: Coronavirus, Ian Mitchell, Pat's Home Page Blog, Walks in Glasgow

Payback Claire MacLeary

When police are called to a murder scene at the home of Aberdeen socialite Annabel Imray, they are under pressure to get a conviction, and fast. The last thing they want is the distraction of a series of baffling break-ins. The victims, all of them women, are terrorised: just how did the intruder know so […]

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Starchild: a memory of Adoption, Race and Family by Michaela Foster Marsh

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“The story of Starchild is extraordinary in every way: heartbreaking, profound, personal, brave, hopeful and deeply inspiring.” — Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers and The Growing Season Michaela Foster Marsh and her brother Frankie grew up as “twins” in Glasgow, Scotland in the sixties. Born only weeks apart, Michaela was white and Frankie was black, and […]

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Sunday, July 5, 2020 | Filed under: New Books by Scottish Writers, Starchild, Writing

Murder at the Mela by Leela Soma

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Available to Pre-Order from Ringwood Publishing Newly appointed as Glasgow’s first Asian DI, Alok Patel’s first assignment is the investigation of the brutal murder of Nadia, an Asian woman. Her body was discovered in the aftermath of the Mela festival in Kelvingrove Park. During the Mela, a small fight erupted between a BNP group and […]

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Bloody Scotland 2020 – Debut Shortlist and McIlvanney Prize Longlist

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Debut shortlist & McIlvanney Prize longlist 2020 announced!  23rd June, 2020 There will be no Bloody Scotland gathering in Stirling in September but the prizes must go on! The shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year and the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year […]

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Anna (Young Adults Book) by Laura Guthrie

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Anna by Laura Guthrie (YA Paperback 13+) £8.99 Thirteen-year-old Anna has Asperger’s. When her father dies she moves to Scotland to face her reclusive mother, her past, and the challenges of a new life in this life-affirming debut ‘Anna is on the Scottish Book Trust’s ’30 novels to look out for in 2020’ and Books from Scotland’s ‘Who we’re […]

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Ghazal: the phone – poem by Rizwan Akhtar

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Ghazal: the phone –for Tammara Claire Pacing up and down you looked so calm holding the phone Aren’t we connected? So, why this fuss about the phone? Eunuchs inside harems giggle running errands for lovers Now they text and delete; amor changed with the phone my ghazals are messages wrapped in all kinds of rhymes […]

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | Filed under: Poetry, stories and poems, 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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Monday, June 15, 2020 | Filed under: Christina Byrne, Coronavirus stories and poems

‘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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