Aye Write 2009

Mitchell Library Beltane St Entrance Friday 6th March - Saturday 14th March.

Starts today - 6th March, tickets still available for some key events

Now in its fourth year, the Book Festival takes place at the wonderful Mitchell Library, Europe's largest reference library - 201 North St, Glasgow, G3 7DN.
Telephone: 0141 287 2872.

Aye Write celebrates the rich variety of Glaswegian writing and also brings the best of Scottish and international writers to the city. It includes an exciting mixture of readings, workshops, discussions plus a Schools' programme. This year as part of the celebration of Homecoming Scotland, nine new short stories have been commissioned by leading writers, including Val McDermid and Jackie Kay.

Also participating in this year's Aye Write is Alan Bennett, one of Britain's most popular writers also the effervescent broadcoaster, Lorraine Kelly; Booker prize-winner Graham Swift. Joan Bakewell, will launch her first novel at the festival - a wartime romance 'All the Nice Girls' and authors inlcuding Robert Fisk and AL Kennedy will also appear.

The wonderful programme includes the cream of Glasgow writers such as Denise Mina and Alasdair Gray.

See the full programme, including the Schools' programme, ticket hotline and the Glasgow City Read.

Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival launches today (6th March) but don't worry there are still tickets available for some key events!

Homecoming Whisky Stories with

Andrew Crumey, Rodge Glass and Gavin Esler

Saturday 7 March
7.30 - 8.45pm
Tickets £7/£6

The second in our series of readings of new stories inspired by whisky for Homecoming 2009. Andrew Crumey (author of Sputnik Caledonia) joins Newsnight's Gavin Esler and novelist and Alasdair Gray's biographer, Rodge Glass.

Gavin Esler

Sunday 8 March 4 - 5pm
Tickets £7/£6

The Scottish born Newsnight presenter comes to Aye Write! to talk about his new book A Scandalous Man.

Andrew Simms and Andrew Price

Sunday 8 March
4 - 5pm
ickets £7/£6

In his book Slow-tech: Manifesto for an over-wound world, Andrew Simms argues that our obsession with efficiency is causing us and our planet huge damage from natural disasters to man made diseases. He discusses this with Andrew Price whose books Tescopoly and Do Good Lives Have to Cost The Earth? examine how to live a good life.

Jonathan Coe and Rodge Glass

Sunday 8 March
5.30 - 6.30pm
Tickets £7/£6

Rodge Glass's biography of Alasdair Gray was published in 2008. He talks about writing biography with novelist and biographer Jonathan Coe, author of Like A Fiery Elephant: the story of B S Johnson, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction

James Frey

Monday 9 March
7.30 - 8.30pm
Tickets £7/£6

James Frey shot to international fame and acclaim with the publication of his astonishing debut A Million Little Pieces. In a rare visit to the UK he is appearing as a late addition to this year's festival to read from his latest bestseller, Bright Shiny Morning and to talk about his unique take on things.

Graham Swift

Wednesday 11 March
6 - 7pm Tickets £7/£6

The Booker Prize-winning author of Last Orders and Waterland disusses his new work, Making an Elephant. Containing poetry and prose this is an open-spirited account of a novelist's life looking at his childhood, family and his beginnings as a writer adventuring in Greece and Czechoslovakia mid-Velvet Revolution.

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