Fun at the West End Festival 2018

pat and taylor

(Pat and Taylor Wilson – launch of West End Festival 2018)

The weather forecast was for thunder and rain but this afternoon was warm and sunny so I caught some of the outdoor events at the West End Festival.

Wilton Street Garden Party

linda mclaughlin wilton st

Linda McLaughlin

Wilton Street Garden Party was in full swing when I arrived with lots of families enjoying the music, stalls, home baking and BBQ.  I bought  a blue calendula from the actress and playwright, Linda McLaughlin, who will be performing at Bard in the Botanics.

I picked up some great retro earrings for £2 and some hand crafted cards – apparently the art of quilling (curling paper) is making a comeback.

Coach House Family Fun Day

andy flett and band

I wandered down Belmont Street to the Coach House Trust, where the party was in full swing. Andy Flett and his band of musicians from the project kept the crowd very happy playing their original foot tapping songs.

I enjoyed a chat with Chiara Beradelli, a musician who volunteers at the project. Chiara will be running song writing workshops at the West End Festival at Ha’penny Bridge House on Saturday 16 June.

Thistle Gallery


I had a walk along Great Western Road and popped into Bleu-Door  the lovely beauty and skincare shop at Kelvinbridge. I’ve been invited to come along for a complimentary facial so will look forward to that.  I picked up a coffee at Sonny and Vitos Park Road and had a chat with Annemarie Pelosi then called into the Thistle Gallery 

ten writers thistle

Ten Writers Telling Lies Book and CD

There’s an exhibition on during the West End Festival, The Art of Words, with special events on 7th June and 14 June, 2018  Participating are the writers Graeme Macrae Burnet and Carl MacDougall with poetry from Gillean McDougall of Honest Error plus writers from Ten Writers Telling Lies will be reading from the book, these include Samina Chaudry, James Connarty, Gillian Mayes, Micheal Norton and I’ll be there on 14th.   I was thrilled to see our book and cd on display.

The Gallery is looking amazing and I enjoyed catching up with the gallery owner Carol Dunbar, her daugher Becca and the artist Jackie Henderson. A fabulous painting by Jackie is the fabulous raffle price.



Giovanna Eusebi

I couldn’t be in Kelvinbridge without picking up something delicious from Eusebi, the fabulous restaurant and deli – Jim and I are planning to have brunch there tomorrow.  I chatted with new staff member, Catherine, who is loving her job, and Giovanna Eusebi. Giovanna recently featured in  one of our Podcasts.


Jim and Pat’s West End Chat (Podcasts) – where we have been chatting to a varied range of very interesting people, as well as updating you on what I’ve been up to, are proving to be very popular.

Last night I interviewed the writer Claire McCleary in The Chip and Jim recently caught up with Eva Bolander, Glasgow’s Provost, Professor Gerard Carruthers, Director Robert Burns Unit, University of Glasgow, Francesca Waddell, fashion illustrator. You’ll be able to listen to these podcasts very soon.

West End Festival

mus of moon

The West End Festival continues until 30 June with a fantastic programme of events.  I’ve posted about West End Festival highlights and will keep updating.  Tomorrow I’m going to catch Ashton Lane and Vinicombe Street Parties.  I would particularly recommend The Museum of the Moon.

Have a listen to Podcast with Michael Dale, Director of West End Festival

Watch out for What’s On and What’s New

Enjoy the festival.

Pat Byrne, 2 June, 2018




Take A Walk On The Weill Side, West End Festival 2018
Ashton Lane Street Party, West End Festival

This section: Pat's Home Page Blog, West End Festival Glasgow

Written by :

Avatar of PatByrne Publisher of Pat's Guide to Glasgow West End; the community guide to the West End of Glasgow. Fiction and non-fiction writer.

Leave a Reply

Copyright Glasgow Westend 2009 thru 2017

Contact Pat's Guide to Glasgow West End | About Pat Byrne | Privacy Policy | Design by Jim Byrne Website Design