Imprint A strong looking line-up for this East Ayrshire book festival with the likes of James Kelman, James Robertson and Jackie Kay in attendance. Various venues, Sat 7–14 Nov.
James Ellroy Borders Books and GFT, Glasgow, Thu 5 Nov; Century.
David Eagleman and Richard Holloway Nick Cave and Stephen Fry give us some recorded readings in this event to punt Sum, Eagleman’s tales from the Afterlives. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 11 Nov.
Alasdair Gray Here comes the 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. Roxy Art House, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Nov.
Anthony Horowitz With his ITV drama Collision about to hit screens, Horowitz seizes the moment by dropping by to chat about his vastly popular Alex Rider series. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Thu 12 Nov.
Frankie Boyle He may have recently quit Mock the Week, but the Glasgow stand-up star is unlikely to slip from our minds for very long. Especially when he has a memoir to promote. Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Wed 18 Nov.
Attica Locke A stirring debut comes in the shape of Black Water Rising, about ethics and race during the US civil rights struggle. Serpent’s Tail
Ryan David Jahn The brutal real-life slaying and the attendant ‘bystander effect’ results in another fine debut with Acts of Violence. Macmillan
The razor-tongued and ever-so-slightly controversial comedian, now best known as star of 'Mock the Week' and '8 out of 10 Cats', heads out on an almighty tour of Britain. If you can't wait until the show, fill the time by swotting up on his new autobiography, 'My Shit Life So Far'.
Isabelle Ting, professional bookbinder and co-founder of the Owl & Lion Gallery in Edinburgh leads a workshop that will show you all the basic techniques necessary to make your own, very special books. All participants will make at least five books, which they can take home. Cost includes all materials. 'Part of Imprint…
Professor Freeman, Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, investigates the Scots tradition of poetry and song across the centuries and 'the constant fruitful cross-fertilisation in the fields of literature and folk poetry in the Scottish cultural tradition'. Hosted by Stirling Literary Society.
Food writer Sue Lawrence's new book 'Taste Ye Back' features favourite recipes and foodie memories from prominent Scots including Ewan McGregor, Gordon Brown, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Andy Murray. The lucky audience members at this event will hear all about her experiences writing the book, as well as getting to sample…
Stuart Kelly, Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday, recently edited 'Headshook', a collection of writings by Scottish authors imagining possible futures for Scotland. James Kelman was one of those writers and now the two meet on stage to discuss the book and the issues at stake. 'Part of Imprint 2009'.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of 'Sum: 40 Tales From the Afterlives' joins former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway to discuss his bestselling book. Nick Cave, Clarke Peters and Stephen Fry lend their recorded readings to the proceedings.
A literary festival with a community feel. With local authors William McIlvanney and Zoe Strachan as patrons, Imprint attracts a range of writers and performers while workshops and The Imprint Writing Award allow up-and-comers to test their talents.