Aye Write! announce 2017 programme

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

Aye Write! programmer Bob McDevitt, Wee Write! programmer Margaret Houston and actor, writer and broadcaster Sanjeev Kohli

Glasgow's book festival celebrates music, comics, crime and more in 2017

Glasgow's Book Festival returns in March (Thu 9–Sun 19) with over 200 authors extolling the wonders of words. This year the festival will be staged across three venues: the Mitchell Library remains the festival hub, with events also taking place at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the CCA. With the aim of providing a pathway for those who haven't been to a book festival before Aye Write! are providing a community ticketing initiative. They are also giving books away, Home Ground: New Writing Inspired by the 2016 Homeless World Cup is launched on the first day of the festival and will be given away around that city and online during Aye Write!

Returning strands for 2017 include The Books that Made Me, with artist and playwright John Bryne, actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli, broadcaster Sally Magnusson and actress Elaine C Smith all discussing the novels that have influenced their lives and careers. Also returning is Aye Write! Introduces, where established writers, publishers or book festival programmers introduce the newbies. See who Christopher Brookmyre, Vic Galloway and Louise Welsh think you should be reading. Aye Con! is also back and focuses on comics and graphic novels. Highlights include Julia Scheele discussing Queer: A Graphic History, Isaac Marion on The Burning World and Maria Stoian and Una talking feminism in comics.

The new music strand Aye Tunes! features reflections on David Bowie's career, with arts commentator Paul Morley and Bowie's drummer on four of his albums, Woody Woodmansey. There is also Roddy Woomble of Idlewild, who has published a collection of lyrics and photographs of the Hebrides titled Instrumentals; music journalist Tom Doyle discussing Elton John in the 70s; Brix Smith Start of The Fall on her memoir The Rise, The Fall and the Rise; and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans talking about records and the shops and people that sell them.

Crime fans should check out Ian Rankin as he celebrates thirty years of the mighty Rebus, a discussion of what makes the islands of Orkney and Shetland so ripe for crime fiction with Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson, and a showcase of award-winning Scandi crime authors with Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, Kati Hiekkapelto and Antti Tuomainen.

Aye Write! Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 9--Sun 19 Mar, tickets on sale Fri 27 Jan.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival

A festival celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing.