Book and Event Reviews.

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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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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Friday, June 12, 2020 | Filed under: Book and Event Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog

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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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

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

Glasgow, Scotland. 29th January 2020. Celtic Connections festival 2020. Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson, Scottish singer songwriter, performed a concert Caledonia Soul at the Old Fruitmarket. as part of Celtic Connections 2020. Photo Pauline Keightley/ Alamy News.

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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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