Margins Book and Music Festival

Photo: alasdair gray. 23rd - 26th February 2012

Festival pass: £55/£45

Margins comes to The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow.

To book your festival pass please call the Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or visit us at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow. Individual events can be booked separately. Some highlights.

After the storming success of its debut last February at Stereo, Margins is back with a diverse range of events tailored towards anyone with a passion for books, music and new writing. Spanning live gigs, literary fiction chats and topical debates to sports events and magazine showcases, the festival celebrates the impressive heritage that Scotland has to offer in these fields, with a line-up including:

  • Malcolm Middleton
  • Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
  • Roddy Woomble
  • Withered Hand
  • Alasdair Roberts
  • Louise Welsh
  • Chris Brookmyre
  • William McIllvanney
  • Allan Wilson
  • Doug Johnstone
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Graham Hunter
  • Sara Sheridan

Photo: louise welsh. Christopher Brookmyre/Louise Welsh

Friday 24th February 7PM
The Arches

Two of crime fictions hottest properties join together for a memorable evening discussing their work, inspirations and new writing. Louise Welsh is the author of the highly acclaimed novels The Cutting Room, The Bullet Trick, Tamburlaine Must Die and Naming The Bones. Christopher Brookmyre is best known for his crime books that have a slice of dark humour and fun like Boiling A Frog and The Sacred Art of Stealing but his new work Where The Bodies Are Buried sees him take a more serious direction. Come get up close with two of Scotlands finest writers.

Buy Tickets: Call 0141 565 1000 or
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A Night In The Gutter

Friday 24th February 6PM
The Arches Arch 2

Gutter, Scotlands outstanding literary magazine, has forged its reputation through publishing the very best in new work from establishing and emerging writers alike. For this version of one of their now-famous live events, professional actors will be presenting the best from Gutters latest issue. Expect a raucous, rollicking hour of hot new fiction.

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Octavius Magazine Presents New Writing

Friday 24th February 6PM
The Arches-Playroom

Octavius Magazine have burst onto the Scottish literature scene with a vibrant new magazine for students. Here, they present an event showcasing some of the best published and unpublished talent currently working in Scotland. This intimate event is the perfect chance to catch the stars of the future now.

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Helen Fitzgerald/Doug Johnstone

Saturday 25th February 1PM
The Arches Arch 2

Helen Fitzgerald has been tearing up the charts for several years now with hot books like The Donor and Dead Lovely, while Doug Johnstone has crashed into the thriller section with Smokeheads and his new book Hit And Run. Two top writers at the top of their games read from their latest works and chat whats coming up for them in 2012. Thriller, noir and crime fan?

You cannot miss this. Buy Tickets:Call 0141 565 1000 or
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The History Girls: Sara Sheridan/Tracey S. Rosenberg

Saturday 25th February 2PM
The Arches Arch2

Two of Scotlands leading historical novelist come together for a fascinating discussion. Sara Sheridan is the author of bestsellers like The Secret Mandarin and Secret of The Sands while Tracey S. Rosenbergs debut WWII novel The Girl In The Bunker was a Scottish Number 1 bestseller in 2011. Theyll be talking writing, research and what the future holds for historical writing.

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Photo: william mcilvanney. Scottish Writing Then & Now: William McIlvanney & Allan Wilson

Saturday 25th February 7PM
The Arches Arch 2

A brilliant 1-2 combo of the revered novelist and the new kid on the block. William McIllvanneys career is an astonishing array of prizes and bestselling novels like Laidlaw, The Big Man and Weekend. He has won the Whitbread Award and The Saltire Book of The Year award among others in a glittering life in books. Allan Wilsons debut collection Wasted in Love has been hailed as a major book in Scottish writing with praise from the likes of Tom Leonard and Alan Bissett while newspapers and magazines like the Daily Express, The Scotsman and The Sunday Times have lavished the sparse Glaswegian stories with glowing reviews. Come see a great and a very-soon-to-be-great authors discuss their work, what it means to be a writer working in Scotland and where their writing is headed. BUY TICKETS:Call 0141 565 1000 or
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Alasdair Gray's Fleck At Oran Mor

Alasdair Gray's Fleck featuring Alasdair Gray, Alan Bissett, Louise Welsh and more

Sunday 26th February 7PM
Oran Mor Auditorium

One of the greatest artists Scotland has ever produced, Alasdair Gray has spent the last few years working on two monumental projects; his "Bella Caledonia" auditorium at Oran Mor and his vision of Faust, Fleck. The two now come together for a unique and spectacular event as Gray presents his play in a read-through format in the glorious setting of the auditorium. Performers include Alasdair Gray, Alan Bissett, Allan Wilson, Zoe Strachan, Louise Welsh, Chiew Siah-Tei, Rodge Glass, Carl MacDougall and many more. Tickets are extremely rare for this event; we hope you can join us.

Tickets from OranMor - or Arches

Margins Moves to The Arches For 2012

The Arches is perfectly suited to explore this type of work because it houses such a diverse range of cultural activity. As they enter their fifteenth year as a venue, they continue to break down entrenched notions of what an arts venue should be, making use of the cross-fertilisation between clubbing culture and visual art, live music and theatre audiences, while the cafe bar thrives as Central Glasgow's top cultural hub, meeting place and hang-out.

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow.
Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000


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