Aye Write! launches 2015 programme
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