Aye Write! Top 5 picks
Nathan Penlington, Mark Millar and Kerry Hudson among the highlights of Glasgow's book festival
Glasgow's annual book festival Aye Write! hosts nine days of events, talks and debates celebrating the written word at the Mitchell Library. Highlights include Irvine Welsh and Jane Hawking, but there's plenty more to choose from. Heather McDaid picks five Aye Write! treats to whet your literary appetite.
Harry Giles, Marion McCready and JL Williams: Vagabond Poets
Scotland has a thrilling spoken word scene, and this will be another celebration of that vibrancy. Launching the next chapter of Be The First To Like This, an anthology of emerging talent, their new series brings together new voices and mature talent. A mix that typifies Scotland's spoken word prowess.
Sat 18 Apr, 7.30pm
Nathan Penlington: The Boy in the Book
This is more than a story; it's experiencing someone else's hidden life. Nathan Penlington bought 106 variations of children's gamebooks Choose Own Your Adventures on eBay and delved in, only to find scribblings of a young boy filling the margins, his jokes soon giving way to darker sentiments. Penlington talks about his quest to find the boy in the book.
Sun 19 Apr, 1.30pm
Caroline Criado-Perez: Do It Like a Woman
Criado-Perez introduces us to pioneers in a world where women are reinventing what it means to be female. From fighter pilots in Afghanistan to Russian punks Pussy Riot, this is a must-see manifesto of empowerment, proving that the boundaries that line strength and power solely with men are being crushed.
Mon 20 Apr, 7.30pm
Mark Millar: The Graphic Novels That Made Me
He explored what Superman would be like if he crash-landed in Soviet Russia, made the average Joe want to fight for justice through his Kick-Ass series, and his latest movie adaption Kingsman: The Secret Service was a hit. Now Mark Millar is talking his way through the graphic novels that inspired him over the years.
Tue 21 Apr, 7.30pm
Jackie Kay, Allan Radcliffe & Kerry Hudson: Out There - Scottish LGBT Writing
The first anthology of Scottish LGBT writing in over a decade, Out There, gives way to an evening of lively LGBT discussion and showcasing their collection. Poems, stories and memoirs from a mix of published and unpublished authors shines light on a full spectrum of styles. Some will move, and some prove simply hilarious.
Thu 23 Apr, 6pm
Aye Write!, Mitchell Library, Glasgow 17–25 Apr