Aye Write! - Best of the rest
The Norwegian journalist who has reported on war in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan discusses her new book, Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechyna. Fri 7 Mar, 6pm.
She gave young adolescents many sleepless nights with her roles as a femme fatale in Body Heat, a conniving seductress in The Man With Two Brains and a voluptuous bunny in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and she appears here to promote her autobiography, Send Yourself Roses. Mon 10 Mar, 7.30pm.
Christopher Brookmyre & Mark Billingham
Two of the UK’s hottest young(ish) crime scribes hook up for a blood-soaked and comedy-fuelled event in which they muse upon their creations, Jack Parlabane and Tom Thorne respectively. Fri 14 Mar, 9pm.
Iain Banks & Ken MacLeod
Two firm friends and pioneers of Scottish sci-fi literature rendezvous to pore over their latest futuristic works, Matter and The Execution Channel respectively. Sun 9 Mar, 6pm.
Following up his extraordinarily ambitious The Book of Dave, Self brings us The Butt which begins with a man accidentally burning an elderly gent with his last cigarette and being forced to leave his family behind and drive off into the desert with another ‘criminal’ for his punishment. Sat 15 Mar, 6.30pm.
Rosemary Goring interviews the writer behind such emotive tomes as And When Did You Last See Your Father? and As If while his latest state of the nation drama is South of the River. Wed 12 Mar, 7.30pm.
Meaghan Delahunt & Alan Spence
Having written about Russia up to the last years of Trotsky’s exile with In the Blue House, Australian-born, Edinburgh-based Delahunt now turns her attention to the Bhopal disaster in The Red Book. Glasgow’s Alan Spence most recently wrote The Pure Land, which also told a story set on foreign soil, this time about 19th century trader Thomas Glover’s experiences in Japan. Sat 15 Mar, 11.30am.
Waiting till the main festival concludes on the 15th, the former Labour cabinet minister and pipe-smoking legend vents forth on Western society’s bad points. Tue 18 Mar, 6pm.
Aye Write, Fri 7–Sat 15 Mar, all events at Mitchell Library, priced £7 (£6). Phone booking 0844 847 1683; www.ayewrite.com