Alain de Botton, AL Kennedy and Janice Galloway among highlights at Glasgow's Aye Write! literary festival
Alain de Botton
The terribly clever philosopher and author wonders just what our obsession with work is all about. Why do we spend most of our waking hours doing it and what makes it pleasurable?
Fri 5 Mar, 6pm.
Janet Paisley and Manda Scott
Historical fiction is the chosen bag of these two writers with the iconic figure of Boudica connecting them.
Sat 6 Mar, 3.30pm.
Willy Maley on Irvine Welsh
Having already written Muriel Spark for Starters, the academic, commentator and playwright offers his own take on the Leith legend.
Sun 7 Mar, 2pm.
Amy Bloom and Janice Galloway
We are apparently in a golden age of short story writing and these two scribes will be chatting about the form and reading from their works.
Tue 9 Mar, 6pm.
Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell
When the ex-Orange Juice man suffered two devastating brain haemorrhages in 2005, it seemed certain Scotland would lose one of its most vital and beloved musicians. In Falling and Laughing, his business and life partner Maxwell relays the story of his steady and remarkable recovery, capped by an Ivor Novello award last year.
Wed 10 Mar, 7.30pm.
She may have landed herself a shiny new career in stand-up comedy, but chances are that ALK will be remembered more as an author of rare gravity. Here, she discusses her recent collection of short stories.
Thu 11 Mar, 6pm.
Denise Mina and Bryan Talbot
Mina has carved an excellent career as the nation’s top womanly crime scribe and has added to her palette with a Glasgow-set Hellblazer tale while graphic novelist par excellence Talbot has furthered his canon with Grandville, a detective story set in France.
Fri 12 Mar, 7.30pm.
Don Paterson and Robin Robertson
Dundee Don is one of the nation’s most consistent poetic talents while RR’s new collection, The Wrecking Light was recently described by us as ‘startling in its honesty and unremittingly bleak’.
Sat 13 Mar, 3.30pm.
All events at Mitchell Theatre, £7 (£6).