Aye Write! 2012 - highlights

Seven of the best events at Glasgow literary festival, including William McIlvanney and William Boyd


This article is from 2012.

Aye Write! 2012 - highlights

William McIlvanney
The Saltire and Whitbread-winning author from Kilmarnock reflects on a distinguished literary career which kicked off in 1966 with Remedy is None. Was he the man who began the Tartan Noir phenomenon?
9 Mar, 6pm, £8 (£7).

Janice Galloway
Another acclaimed Ayrshire scribe gets into the festival spirit as she discusses All Made Up. The second volume of her memoirs tackles her teenage years of living with a tough mother and domineering sister.
10 Mar, 12.30pm, £8 (£7).

William Boyd
After the TV success of Any Human Heart, Boyd’s latest novel is Waiting for Sunrise, a plot-twisting thriller about psychiatry and another captivating trip into troubled psyches.
10 Mar, 6.30pm, £8 (£7).

Martin Rowson
In his latest cartoon work, Rowson revisits the classic satire Gulliver’s Travels, doffing his cap to the original but updating the tale to tackle the kind of social absurdities Swift would happily have savaged now.
13 Mar, 6pm, £8 (£7).

Pauline Black
In her memoir, the iconic frontwoman for platinum-selling 2-Tone band The Selecter, describes what it was like to be a black child adopted in the 1950s by a white, working class family. She is joined by Jackie Kay for a frank discussion about identity.
14 Mar, 6pm, £8 (£7).

Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead
A triple bill featuring, respectively, the National Poet of Wales, the Poet Laureate and the Scots Makar, who are gathered up here to talk about their latest poetic works.
16 Mar, 7.30pm, £8 (£7).

Andrew O’Hagan
The Booker-nominated Glaswegian writer discusses blurring the boundaries between fiction, memoir, documentary and journalism and offers a glimpse into his next book.
17 Mar, 5pm, £8 (£7).

This article is from 2012.

Jackie Kay

Reading from celebrated poet and makar, Jackie Kay. Scottish poet Jackie Kay has released numerous poetry collections, including The Adoption Papers, Maw Broon Monologues and The Empathetic Store. Her 1998 novel Trumpet, based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. In 2010…

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Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Located in the iconic Mitchell Library Aye Write! remains committed to celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. The 2017 festival features John Bryne, Sanjeev Kohli, Sally Magnusson, Elaine C Smith, Christopher Brookmyre, Vic Galloway, Louise Welsh, Julia Scheele, Isaac Marion, Maria Stoian, Paul…

Janice Galloway

In the second volume of her memoirs, All Made Up, the prize-winning author Janice Galloway reveals how the awkward child introduced in This is Not About Me evolved through her teenage years, living with her stoical mother and domineering older sister. By turns absurd and tender, this is the story of a family's secrets…

William Boyd

Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France and hotel rooms in Geneva, William Boyd's latest novel, Waiting for Sunrise, is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe. After his triumphs most recently with the television film of…

Pauline Black

In her memoir, Black by Design, Pauline Black, an award-winning actress and the lead singer for platinum-selling 2-tone band The Selecter, describes what it was like to be a black child adopted in the 1950s by a white, working class family who saw her at best as a curiosity, at worst as an embarrassing inconvenience. She…

Andrew O'Hagan

Glaswegian writer Andrew O'Hagan is well known for his books The Missing, Our Fathers, Personality, and The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe each of which blurs the boundaries between fiction, memoir, documentary and journalism. The Missing has recently been made into a stage play, his…

Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy and Liz Lochhead

Together at Aye Write!: the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and Liz Lochhead, the Scot's makar. In Duffy's most recent poetry collection, The Bees, there are drinking songs, love poems, poems to the weather, poems of political anger; her celebrated 'Last Post', written for the…

Martin Rowson

Jonathan Swift's classic satire about little people, big people, crazy scientists and rational horses has not only gripped our imaginations for nearly 300 years; it's also one of the greatest indictments of humanity ever written. Now, the award-winning cartoonist and writer Martin Rowson follows Gulliver's descendent in a…

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