Book and Event Reviews.

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 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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Aye Write 2019! Sara Sheridan introduces Anne Griffin and Anstey Harris 

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Friday, 22nd March 2019 Mitchell Library Review by Mary Irvine The two authors being introduced were Anne Griffin and Anstey Harris. Both in the fifties, each has recently published her first novel. Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist living in Ireland. She has won recognition for her previous writings but ‘When All Is Said’ is […]

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Aye Write: Tribes of Glasgow review by Pat Byrne

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I went along to Aye Write at The Mitchell Library to hear Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie talk about their book ‘Tribes of Glasgow’ (Luath Press) The book arose out of the writer Stephen Millar’s quest to rediscover Glasgow and capture its essence.  Born in Glasgow but having been brought up in and lived in […]

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Aye Write 2019, Tom Shields review by Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival 2019 Tom Shields Mitchell Library Sunday, 24th March 1.15 p.m. One of the many things I love about Glasgow and its people is the humour, the banter and, at the above event, I was not disappointed. Tom Shields is perhaps best known for the humorous ‘Tom Shields’ Diary’ which appeared in ‘The […]

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Aye Write: Kamal Ahmed: The Life and Times of a Very British Man review Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival Friday, 22nd March, 2019 Royal Concert Hall The main theme of Kamal’s presentation was the notion of being British. What is it that makes anyone British? What is identity? Kamal’s mother was white English, his father Sudanese, making Kamal mixed race or half-caste in the parlance of the70s/80s when mixed marriages were […]

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Aye Write 2019: ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ Mariam Khan, Amna Saleem’ review Mary Irvine

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Aye Write Festival 2019  3 p.m. Sunday, 17th March, Mitchell library It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race – Mariam Khan, Amna Saleem When, in 2016, Mariam Khan read David Cameron’s comment that linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women, she felt she should […]

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Aye Write 2019: Henry VIII and the Men that Made Him Tracy Borman review by Mary Irvine

Aye Write Festival 2019  3 p.m. Saturday, 16th March, Mitchell library On her first visit to Glasgow this accomplished speaker and author of several books on the Tudor period held a sixty plus audience in thrall – in the nicest possible way – as she brought to life a different, more sympathetic, perhaps a better […]

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