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Profiling Glasgow’s Writers

Ruby McCann – Glasgow Writer

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Ruby McCann is a Glasgow poet, writer, playwright, and creative writing tutor. Ruby has won numerous awards including the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for Excellence in Creative Writing (Washington, DC 2004). Her work has featured in magazines, anthologies and in film and Ruby has performed her work at numerous festivals including Aye Write. Apart from […]

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Brian Hamill

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R.I.P. Sadly Brian Hamill died in May, 2021 – only 39 years of age – so accomplished and so much to live for. In October, 2019, Brian set up The Common Breath ‘The aim was to provide an exciting new stream of fiction for readers to enjoy, publishing both classic and contemporary work, and to […]

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Friday, June 18, 2021 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Ellen McAteer

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Ellen McAteer’s new pamphlet Honesty Mirror will be launched by Red Squirrel Press on zoom at 7 p.m on 22nd June, 2021 Honesty Mirror | Ellen McAteer Ellen McAteer is General Manager of Poetry London and the founder of tell it slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow. She has won a Waterstones’ Poetry Competition, and been […]

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Glasgow Writers: Tom Leonard

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Sadly Tom Leonard died on 21 December, 2018. He was a wonderful poet and fascinating ‘citizen of the world’. PennSound Podcast: Tom Leonard in Glasgow 1978 Some Memories of Tom Leonard (1944 – 2018) – Richie McCaffery Tom Leonard – Glasgow Poet I admire Tom Leonard’s writing, his passion, his love of language and his […]

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Sunday, June 13, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Bernard MacLaverty: Glasgow Writer

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Scottish Writers Over 70 Talking About Creativity in Later Life – part of Book Week Scotland in Association with Aye Write! Mitchell Theatre, Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 Bernard MacLaverty, Book Week Scotland, Kelvin Hall, 2 December, 2017 Bernard MacLaverty 29 November, 2017 Dalmuir Library It’s a fantastic book I loved every page from start to […]

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Janet Paisley: Scottish Author, Poet and Playwright

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Janet Paisley, R.I.P. 1948 – 9 November, 2018 Janet Paisley was a Scottish writer, poet, playwright, performer, publisher, editor, lecturer and teacher.   Writing in Scots and English, for children and adults, her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She has written for radio, television and cinema. First published in 1979, […]

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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, June 12, 2021 | Filed under: writers

Graeme Macrae Burnet – Glasgow Writer

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Graeme Macrae Burnet and Rupert Thomson in conversation at Waterstones Glasgow 28 February, 2019 Graeme Macrae Burnet at GOMA Book Week Scotland – 22 November, 2018 The Art of Words – 7 June, 2018 – Thistle Gallery, Park Road, Glasgow Appearing at Aye Write! 2018 25 March, The Accident on the A35 – new book […]

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Glasgow Writers: Willy Maley

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Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow; literary critic, editor, lecturer and writer. For a number of years I’ve been crossing paths with Willy Maley, not because I have a particular interest in literature from the Renaissance period but mainly because I am a big fan of the Scottish writer Muriel Spark. […]

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Glasgow Writers: Alistair Braidwood – Scots Whay Hae!

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Alistair Braidwood, who runs the popular website and podcast Scots Whay Hae! has a passion for Scottish creativity including books, film and music. Little wonder the site is so popular as it includes a tremendous amount of fascinating features and reviews about Scottish arts events and artists. The podcasts are engrossing, reflecting not only Alistair’s […]

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Glasgow Writers: Theresa Talbot

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Theresa Talbot is a Glaswegian author and freelance broadcaster/journalist – as Traffic and Travel on BBC Radio Scotland her voice is familiar to many. I met up with her at BBC, Pacific Quay just after her 2 p.m. radio stint and enjoyed chatting about her blossoming career as a writer. Theresa could not be more […]

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Glasgow Writers: Pauline Lynch

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Glasgow Launch ‘Wildest of All’ Waterstones Sauchiehall Street 26 October, 2017 Pauline Lynch is an actor and writer. She began her professional life playing Lizzie in the film from the Irvine Welsh novel, Trainspotting.  Since then she’s worked internationally in stage, film, TV and radio. In 2011 she joined the MLitt Creative Writing programme at […]

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Louise Welsh: Glasgow Writer

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Louise Welsh Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan – a very quiet street – Woodlands Community 19 and 20 September, 2020 Louise Welsh will host Creative Conversations Scottish Writers Showcase Online Event Monday 11 August, 2020. King Keich by Louise Welsh review Pat Byrne, October, 2018 Inaugural […]

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Friday, June 11, 2021 | Filed under: writers, Writing

Glasgow Writer: Stuart Cosgrove

Stuart Cosgrove – Edinburgh Book Festival Online – The Soul of Muhammad Ali 17 August 11.30 a.m. Stuart Cosgrove – Scottish Writers Showcase Creative Conversations Tuesday 11 August, 2020 – Stuart will discuss his latest book Cassius X The Transformation of Mohammad Ali. Stuart Cosgrove at Aye Write 2020, 13 March, 2020 The Mitchell Library: […]

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Filed under: writers

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

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

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

‘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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Friday, June 5, 2020 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

Ian R. Mitchell – Some Images From Glasgow’s Past

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Photographs From Early 1980s – With Some History Finnieston Corruna St and St Vincent Crescent Now the hippest place in the UK according to some London papers but back them it was only beginning to recover from its lowest ebb as a multi-occupancy slum with a fair population of ladies of the night, criminals and […]

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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

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

Govanhill; no single-ends by Ian R. Mitchell

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The Talk Govanhill is almost certainly the most intact area of working-class tenement housing left in Glasgow. Apart from on its north-eastern fringes, very few of the four storey blocks dating from the later nineteenth century have been demolished, and the grid-plan of the streets remains exactly as it was laid out over 100 years […]

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell, Walks in Glasgow

Tarnished Jewels, U.S.A.’s Public Lands Under Trump by Ian R. Mitchell

Ian R Mitchell, author of Encounters in the American Mountain West, examines the issues facing the USA’s public lands under Donald Trump’s presidency MANY PEOPLE, both in the United States and abroad, view the country’s National Parks as the jewel in its somewhat tarnished environmental crown. Travelling through the USA – especially in the staggeringly […]

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

Leela Soma: ‘Vermillion’ a poem for Autumn

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‘Autumn’ in the broadest sense. It is how Indian widows had to undergo a ritual  in olden days to give up all their ornaments, even the red dot on their forehead wear only white. Life stopped if their husbands passed away. Vermillion Leaves fall down, blown away in the autumnal blitz Gold strewn paths crunch and crackle underfoot A […]

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Sunday, August 26, 2018 | Filed under: Poems and Stories for Autumn, Poetry, stories and poems, writers

Denise Mina: Writer

  Denise Mina is one of Scotland’s most talented writers and when you have finished one of her books you just can’t wait for the next. Thankfully they just keep coming and I am amazed at her productivity – a busy mother of young children and part of a large extended family – she has […]

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow’s West End: Ian R Mitchell: Writer and Mountaineer

Ian R Mitchell is a long-established author, who has published 20 books which range from fiction, to historical and biographical works, and to mountaineering and travel books. BREAKOUT WALKS TO THE URBAN EDGE  by Ian R Mitchell. (July, 2020) If the lockdown has been confining you to the regular rat-runs of the West End, why […]

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 | Filed under: writers

Glasgow Writers: Kevin Scott

Herald business writer Kevin Scott at the Necropolis in Glasgow with a copy of his new book - Dead Cat Bounce.

Kevin Scott is a Glasgow-based author and journalist. His debut novel ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ was published in May, 2017. It tells the story of two estranged brothers forced into reconciliation when the coffin containing their 11 year-old half-brother is stolen the day before his funeral, ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ has been well-received and was shortlisted for The Sceptre Prize. A graduate of the University […]

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Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Filed under: Books, Talks, Poetry and Creative Writing Events, writers

Archived comments for The Garngad: Heaven and Hell by Ian R. Mitchell

I was born in villar St Jan 1949 margaret cox | Fri Aug 15 2014 I was born in Villiers Street in 1949. My Grandparents lived in Turner Street. You have written a very interesting piece on the history of industry in Garngad, I have learned a lot from this. However, you have not given […]

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Monday, August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Ian Mitchell

The Garngad: Heaven and Hell by Ian R. Mitchell

A chapter from Ian R. Mitchell’s forthcoming book for Luath Press, called Orange, Green and Red; Class, Community and Conflict on Clydeside, whch takes things all the way from New Lanark to the Vale of Leven, with a few new Glasgow chapters as well. THE GARNGAD: Heaven and Hell. The splendid spire of Townhead and […]

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