Glasgow: here comes Spring!
It’s a damp dreich day outside but it’s still a very good day to be in Glasgow.
Glasgow Film Festival
We’ve got the Glasgow Film Festival going on. Yesterday I went along to the CCA to see Weepah Way For Now then I met my son John for a coffee. He scooted off to see The Reverant and Jim and I went to the Glasgow Film Theatre to see Truth, it was excellent.
The festival’s been great – I loved The Grief of Others and was thrilled to catch the director, Patrick Wang, for a brief chat. For me another big hit was Sing Street, a very humorous and feelgood, coming of age movie.
Hail Caesar, was another triumph, and a super film to kick off the festival. You’ll be able to it at GFT from the 4 – 17 March. And this week-end you’ll be able to catch Fright Fest Glasgow Film Festival 2016
Aye Write! Glasgow’w Book Festival is just around the corner. I’m very excited to be going along to see one of my favourite journalists, George Monbiot, How Did We Get Into This Mess and also expecting a very good night at Noir at the Bar with Denise Mina.
However, firstly we’ll have Wee Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival for Children and Young People
Tomorrow, I’m going to check out with Ryan, my grandson, what he fancies. The Wee Write Families Day on 5th March has events for all ages. Download the brochure (PDF)
Other Glasgow Festivals
Other festivals coming up in Glasgow include Glasgow’s International Comedy Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival and in April we have a brand new festival. Glasgow Restaurant Festival.
I’ve been along to some really fantastic events this month:
The Devil Inside
Jim and I loved our first time at an Opera when we went along to The Devil Inside by Louise Welsh, the librettist, and Stuart MacRae, composer. Apart from the show itself, we enjoyed chatting to Louise, her partner, Zoe Strachan and Jim’s cousin Marian Colquhoun, who is head of props at Scottish Opera.
I ran into Louise again when I went along to see Bernard MacLaverty at Creative Conversations at the University of Glasgow – Monday lunchtimes in the University Chapel. On 29 February special guest will be Aonghas MacNeacail (I saw Aonghas a while back at Literary Lunchtimes at Cafe´Gandolfi and he wa amazing.)
I hope to make it along. It was great to see a lot of familiar faces there and I enjoyed a catch up with Mick Norton, Ciara MacLavery and Gillean McDougall.
Night at the Museum
Another splendid event at the University was Night at the Museum
Where Burns Day was celebrated in the wonderful Hunterian Museum. The atmosphere was incredible and it was absolutely mobbed. Jim and I were delighted to run into Duncan McCrone, his wife Irene and band member Cy Jack. We usually meet up at gigs, where you don’t get a chance to chat so we had a good catch up.
There are very exciting plans afoot at the Hunterian, which is at the centre of developments for a New Glasgow Museum District, including the transformation of the iconic Kelvin Hall with a multi-million pound revamp. The former sports facility, opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is being turned into a museum, research centre and store by the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland. This will be open to the public in September, 2016
All the university’s gallery spaces – museum, art gallery and the Mackintosh collection plus the Mackintosh House will move to Kelvin Hall by 2020.
Glasgow Art and Exhibitions
There’s an awful lot of interesting things going on with regard to art and exhibitions in town and I’ve managed along to some great events.
Fantastic developments will also be going ahead in the West End with the University of Glasgow’s acquisition of the Western Infirmary there are some major new changes taking place at the University of Glasgow. Not only a massive expansion but a new 21st century way of doing things. Very exciting.
The plans are on display at the Wolfson Medical Centre, University Avenue G12 until 4 March.
Jim and I went along to see the exhibition with his dad, Jimmy. The masterplan is very ambitious and the whole bottom end of Byres Road is going to be transformed.
The Paul Smith Exhibition
We loved the Hello My Name Is Paul Smith Exhibition at The Lighthouse. The exhibitions are of his clothes and work places. Very interesting. Anyone interested in the world of fashion will love it – it includes videos of international fashion shows. Paul Smith is a great example of how your passion for something can result in great things – even if you left school when you were only fifteen. His first shop, which is replicated in the exhibition, was the size of a cupboard.
Jim took some great photos at the exhibition
Unveiling of a Portrait of David MacLennan at OranMor
Last week Jim and I went along to a very enjoyable but sad event at OranMor. David MacLennan, not only made a fantastic contribution to the world of theatre in Scotland but as producer/artistic director of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, he brought the much loved lunchtime theatre to Glasgow West End.
The beautiful auditorium at OranMor was crowded with people out to pay their respects to this wonderful man. Juliet Cadzow, David’s widow was, unsurprisingly, emotional as she unveiled the portrait. She thanked people for their support and the money raised for the Motor Neurone Society.
David’s close friend and colleague Dave Anderson provided the entertainment, along with Elaine C. Smith and the writer, Alan Bissett, plus there was music from the DM Collective. We were pleased to run into Anita Manning, Michael and Freddie Dale, Tom Shields and Colin Beattie.
David’s portrait will be on display in OranMor.
The Thistle Gallery
The Thistle Gallery in the West End has a new exhibition starting on 27th February. It will run until 13 March. It looks fantastic. I really like this gallery and have been taking my friends along to see it. Last month I popped in with Frances and Jackie – they both loved it. Outer Shapes, Inner Pictures 27 February until 13 March.
Out and about with family and friends
Lovely Plaees to Dine in Glasgow West End – Perfect for Mother’s Day
I like this restaurant/deli in Woodlands more and more every time I go there. It is so attractive, the staff are both pleasant and efficient and the food is a delight. Lately I’ve been popping in with some of my Creative Writing classmates, Samina, Gillian and Calum. The best of company.
I enjoyed a leisurely lunch and great catch up with Gillian and Gillean when we met up at Mother India’s Cafe´. We had a super natter, a lot of laughs and the food was scrumptious.
Cup, Byres Road
Cup, has become the tea room of choice for Anne, Frances and I. It’s a lovely wee place and the scones are brilliant. I think we are due another visit.
Raffaelle’s in Milngavie
I came across this beautiful Italian restaurant by chance when I had a coffee there with my friend Richard when we were waiting on a nearby shop to open. It is absolutely lovely. The coffee was great and I’d love to try their lunch special – I’m a bit of a pushover for half pizza/half pasta. http://www.raffaelles.co.uk/
We’ve had our usual Sunday outings with Jimmy and enjoyed a lovely run out by Strathblane one sunny day when the snow was still lying. Very picturesque. We had our capuccinnos at Caulders and a wee browse in the Garden Centre. I bought some beautiful baby iris and dwarf narcissi. Roll on Spring.
I love visits from the wee ones
It’s always a treat when my young relatives come to visit and I was happy that Aileen, Erin and Patrick came for lunch. It was also lovely to have another visit from Gail and Tai.
Glasgow West End Shops
It was sad to see Alison’s Attic Vintage Shop leave De Courcy’s but wishing them all the best in their new location in Ayr.
The other shops are gearing themselves up for Mother’s Day:
Blair and Sheridan for that extra special gift.
Love Stories and Poems
Last month I was kept busy promoting Valentine’s Day. I thought it would be appropriate to have some love stories and poems up on the website and I was overwhelmed by the response – all sorts of different takes on love from very talented writers. You’ll love them: Love Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers.
New On The Site
New On The Site
I am particularly happy to welcome Calum Maclean, poet, wrtter and reviewer –now blogging on the site.
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Some recent additions to What’s New include:
- Jim’s Photodiary, January, 2016
- Jim’s Photodiary December 2016
- Sylvie’s Last Dance, Fiona Alderman, blogging from Rural France
- Bee Towlatt In Search of Mary Aye Write 10 March
- White at QMU, 20 February, 2016 – review by Calum Maclean.
- Andrew Brown, sculptor, chosen to create statue in memory of Mary Barbour
- Meg Rosoff Aye Write 19 March, 2016
- The Hunterian at Kelvin Hall, new museum district for Glasgow
- Masterplan for developments at the University of Glasgow
- Outer Shapes, Inner Pictures Exhibition, Thistle Gallery
- Peace Feather Disco CND Fundraiser .
- Fright Fest Glasgow Film Festival 2016
- The Festival Club at The Stand, 10 _ 27 March, Glasgow International Comedy Festival
- Hail, Caesar! UK Premiere, Glasgow Film Festival – review Pat Byrne
- Glasgow Wood Recycling, Showroom Show Off, Friday 26 February
- Glasgow Restaurant Festival 1 – 17 April, 2016
- Glasgow International Comedy Festival 10 – 27 March
- Priscilla Queen of the Desert – 15 February, 2016.
- A Poem for Valentine’s Day Off Balance by Magi Gibson
- Dream Lover Two by Ian Macpherson – a love story. – 13 February, 2016.
- Solo Beatles – Many Singers Many Songs – Fundraiser, Maryhill Community Halls, 2 April, 2016 _
- Caring for the Clyde 4th Citizen Science Meeting, Clyde River Foundtion 27 Feb
- 24 Hours in the City of Love by James Carson
- Fact by Magi Gibson, a love poem _
- Out of Sight, A Love Poem by Ciara MacLaverty
- The Question, A Love Poem of Sorts by Calum Maclean
- My festival choices, Glasgow Film Festival 2016
- I‘m Counting by Rona Fitzgerald – a poem for Valentine’s Day
- First Love, A Valentine Poem by Leela Soma
- Purposeless Movements
- A poem for Valentines – Selkie’s Song by Finola Scott
- Mary Irvine’s Blog: Off to Warmer Times, Completion of Alzheimer Project by Leven Litts
- Blazin’ Fiddles at Celtic Connections, review and photographs by Pauline Keightley
- A Valentine’s Story: Status Update by James Connarty
- Creative Conversations Programme University Chapel Monday Lunchitmes
- Stephen Watt – I Think I’m Falling In Love With Football
- Creative Conversations – Bernard MacLaverty , review Pat Byrne
- The Carrbridge Rose – poem by Brian Whittingham –
- John Grant at Celtic Connections review by Pauline Keightley
- Glasgow Big Comic and Craft Fair, 13 Feb Trades Hall – 2 February, 2016.
- Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2016 Programme
- Glasgow Accommodation: Queensgate Garden Apartment and Lennox Cottage
- The Hunterian: New Acquisition attributed to Hogarth
- Bob Law: Public Art in Scotland
- Limmy. ‘Daft Wee Stories’ Aye Write! 2016
- QM Eye Opticians – 15% discount for students
Happy Mothers’ Day all of you mums.
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