2013 Aye Write! literary festival includes Darcey Bussell, Henry McLeish and Will Gompertz
- Charlotte Runcie
- 22 March 2013
Glasgow literary festival also features Alasdair Gray, Jackie Kay and David Greig
What do ballet and football have in common? How about art and food? The varied line-up at this year’s Aye Write! festival compares and contrasts (and, by the sounds of things, works up a real appetite) with events starring the likes of Darcey Bussell, Henry McLeish, Will Gompertz and Antonio Carluccio, all proving that book fests these days aren’t just about metaphors and plot.
The Fifty Shades of Feminism event also celebrates female voices in literature, with 50 people reflecting on what being a woman means to them. Meanwhile, some of the brightest contemporary literary highlights come in the form of Costa Award winners Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Atkinson.
You’ll also find beloved home-grown talents Alasdair Gray, Jackie Kay and David Greig bustling for places on your booking shortlist. Scottish writing is as strongly represented as ever, with Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin, William Letford, Christopher Brookmyre and Kathleen Jamie all taking the floor. And there’s the now seemingly obligatory Scottish Independence live debate, for all your stooshie and bunfighting needs.
Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Fri 12–Sat 20 Apr.