Aye Write! - Highlights

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  • 5 March 2009
Alan Bennett - The Uncommon Reader

From novelists and poets to philosophers and broadcasters, there’s somthing for everyone

Alan Bennett Everyone’s favourite northern talking head chats about The Uncommon Reader which speculates on the daring books HRH might flick through. Fri 6 Mar, 6pm.

Willy Maley on Muriel Spark The man who co-edited the 100 Best Scottish Books Of All Time for this very organ offers some enthusiastic insight into the work of the late but still great Dame. Sat 7 Mar, 1.30pm.

Jackie Kay, Denise Mina & Val McDermid As part of the Homecoming celebrations, this trio of top Scottish authors (two crime scribes and a poet) have penned a short story each. Hear the evidence. Sun 8 Mar, 5.30pm.

Alasdair Gray Returning to his playwright roots, the Glasgow icon hosts an evening of his own works, one of which features the man himself playing Auld Nick in his Faust adaptation. Sun 8 Mar, 7.30pm.

Joan Bakewell The recently installed ‘champion of older people’ has her debut novel out now, a bumper wartime romance called All the Nice Girls. Mon 9 Mar, 6pm.

Benjamin Zephaniah The Rasta performance poet, novelist and playwright throws himself into two events, quite probably featuring his recent tomes, We Are Britain! and the Chambers Primary Rhyming Dictionary. Tue 10 Mar, 1.30pm, 7.30pm.

Graham Swift The Booker winner has taken the foot off the fictional gas to publish Making an Elephant, a memoir about his fighter-pilot dad, the books that have inspired him and his love of the guitar. Wed 11 Mar, 6pm.

Rodge Glass & Ewan Morrison Two of our finest authors chat about their work and offer advice to students of the University of Strathclyde Writing School. Sat 14 Mar, 11am.

All events are at Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival

Centred on the city's magnificent Mitchell Library, the festival offers a plethora of book-related events and top literary names from Scotland and beyond.

Alan Bennett

The launch event for Aye Write! stars Alan Bennett talking about his new book, 'The Uncommon Reader'. Proceeds to charity Visibility. 'Part of Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

Willy Maley on Muriel Spark

The Professor of Renaissance Literature at Glasgow University offers his insights into Spark's work. 'Part of Aye Write: Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

Jackie Kay, Denise Mina and Val McDermid

Homecoming Whisky Stories with a free dram. 'Part of Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

Alasdair Gray

Launch of 'A Gray Play Book', an anthology of short plays, an unused opera libretto, a film script and excerpts from the pictorial storyboard of the novel 'Lanark'. Tickets from 0131 622 8222 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk.

Joan Bakewell

Clare English from BBC Radio Scotland's 'The Book Cafe' chairs an event with the new champion of older people. 'Part of Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

Benjamin Zephaniah

Poetry and live improvisation from the writer.

Graham Swift

The Booker prize-winning author introduces his new book, 'Making an Elephant, which is a mixture of poetry and prose.'Part of Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

Rodge Glass, Ewan Morrison and Strathclyde University Work

Two new and acclaimed Glasgow writers talk about the work of the Strathclyde Writing School. 'Part of Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Book Festival'.

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