Aye Write! launches 2015 programme

Aye Write! launches 2015 programme

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Glasgow’s annual book festival welcomes Jane Hawking, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Ribchester and more

Launched in 2005 and hosted annually in the iconic Mitchell Library, Glasgow's book festival Aye Write has reached its tenth birthday. To mark a decade showcasing international literature, the festival is hosting a celebratory event There's Only One Aye Write!, where festival favourites including Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh and Alan Bissett will come together to reflect on the festival’s impact, share stories and indulge in a song or two.

The 2015 programme features several compelling works of non-fiction by female authors; Eva Schloss, stepsister to Anne Frank, discusses her memoir After Auschwitz; Mona Siddiqui probes issues of faith and identity in her new book My Way: A Muslim Woman's Journey; Tessa Dunlop details the accounts of 15 Bletchley Park veterans in The Bletchley Girls; and following the success of film The Theory of Everything, Jane Hawking discloses the story of her marriage to Professor Stephen Hawking.

This year's programme also has a strong music strand; GQ editor Dylan Jones will reveal anecdotes about Doors' singer Jim Morrison, collected from fellow stars and industry moguls; music journalist Mark Ellen will give an insider’s perspective on the hedonistic world of rock'n'roll; and there will also be appearances from singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn and DJ Edith Bowman in May, after the main festival has ended.

Aye Write! isn't just about authors and literary types. Several cultural icons will host individual events exploring the books that have influenced their lives and careers, including comedians Hardeep Singh Kohli, Kevin Bridges and Karen Dunbar, broadcasters John Mackay and Kirsty Wark, and singer Barbara Dickson.

Aye Write! also provides a platform for young Scottish writers to discuss their work. Novelists Lucy Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory, Simon & Schuster, out now), Kirstin Innes (Fishnet, Freight, Mon 6 Apr) and Kirsty Logan (The Gracekeepers, Harvill Secker, Thu 7 May) will discuss their new novels taking the Scottish contemporary fiction scene by storm.

Aye Write!, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 17–25 Apr. Tickets on sale from Sat 21 Mar

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

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Mark Ellen: Rock Stars Stole My Life!

Writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen speaks about his new memoir, recounting his teenage years as a massive underground rock fan.

Lucy Ribchester & Kirsty Logan: Outstanding Debuts

Scottish writers Kirsty Logan and Lucy Ribchester talk about their debut novels, respectively The Gracekeepers and The Hourglass Factory. Chaired by Adele Patrick.

Karen Dunbar: The Books that Made Me

The Glasgow-born comedian, actress and singer talks about the books that have been most important in her life.

Dylan Jones on Jim Morrison

GQ editor Dylan Jones discusses his biography of The Doors singer Jim Morrison, Mr Mojo.

Tessa Dunlop: The Bletchley Girls

Historian and presenter Tessa Dunlop discusses her book which recounts the stories of 15 Bletchley veterans.

Kirsty Wark: The Books That Made Me

The journalist and broadcaster talks about the books that have had the greatest impact on her over the years.

Mona Siddiqui: My Way – A Muslim Woman's Journey

Mona Siddiqui explores crucial issues of faith and identity within society.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: The Books That Made Me

The journalist, broadcaster and author discusses his favourite books.

Jane Hawking: True Story Behind The Theory of Everything

Janice Forsyth chairs this chat with Professor Stephen Hawking's ex-wife.