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International and local writing? Aye Write!

By on February 25, 2014
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Aye Write! kicks off again on April 4 with a fantastic line-up of events that includes talks, workshops and the chance to meet many of our favourite writers – big-names and new talent alike.

Glasgow’s Book Festival will take place in the Mitchell, one of Europe’s largest public libraries and a beautiful building that has been one of the city’s iconic landmarks since it opened in 1911.

William McIlvanney – author of the Laidlaw novels among many great works – is a top name at this year’s Aye Write!, with Liz Lochead, Tam Dean Burn, AS Byatt, AL Kennedy, Margaret Drabble, Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson also headliners.

Historians Hew Strachan and John Hughes are Remembering The Great War, The Arts of Independence will look at how writing has influenced the terms of the Scottish Independence debate, and in The Untold Story – By Our Own Tongues, authors from the Caribbean join a Scots Gaelic author to ask about the responsibilities of ‘lesser heard’ community writers.

And the workshops include Researching Your Writing, by westendreport.com contributor Dr Ronnie Scott, and Creative Writing with David Pettigrew. 

Aye Write! was founded in 2005 and two years later became established as an annual fixture on Glasgow’s culture calendar. The festival celebrates the best in national, international and local writing and also brings national and local speakers to  city audiences. The Aye Write! programme comprises a wide range of ticketed author events for adults and children but also extends to a schools festival and free community and family events.

* Aye Write! is organised and managed by Glasgow Libraries, Glasgow Life, with funding from Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland and takes place from April 4-12. Check out the full programme here 

Main Pic of William McIlvanney by Iain McLean and pic of Liz Lochead, below, by Graham Clark.

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