10 events to book now for Aye Write!
- Rowena McIntosh
- 19 January 2018
Including Nasty Women, BHP Comics, Graeme Macrae Burnet and a centenary celebration of Muriel Spark
Glasgow's book festival Aye Write! is back this March, and it's expanding from its usual home at the lustrous Mitchell Library to take in a variety of venues across the city. The programme covers authors, politicians, poets, athletes and musicians, with a dedicated two-day festival for children, Wee Write. Here we pick ten events from the main Aye Write! programme to book now, before tickets get snapped up.
Ahead of the festival proper comedian Ruby Wax rolls in to town with her new book How to be Human: The Manual, a follow her to her best-seller Frazzled. Wax takes us through the workings of the mind (with a little help from a monk and a neuroscientist) and covers everyday questions about evolution, thoughts, emotions, addictions, relationships with her usual sharp wit.
Ruby Wax: How to Be Human, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 10 Feb, 7pm
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain
Sayeeda Warsi, a British lawyer, politician and author of The Enemy Within draws on her own personal experiences, as the child of Pakistani immigrants who became the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister, to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of 'British values'.
Sayeeda Warsi: The Enemy Within, Mitchell Library, Fri 16 Mar, 7.45pm
Muriel Spark: A Centenary Celebration
Alan Taylor is the author of Appointment in Arezzo, a memoir of Muriel Spark created from hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years. For this century celebration of the great Scottish novelist Taylor is joined by Candia McWilliam and Zoe Strachan, two novelists who have written new forewords to brand new editions of Muriel's classic novels Robinson and Memento Mori respectively.
Muriel Spark: A Centenary Celebration, Mitchell Library, Sat 17 Mar, 3pm
Chris Brookmyre & Laura Lam: It's Crime Jim, But Not As We Know It
Crime fiction is moving out of the urban underbelly and away from rugged Scottish islands and into the future. Chris Brookmyre discusses his latest novel, Places in the Darkness, where a mutilated body is discovered on a space station and Laura Lam talks about Shattered Minds, where protagonist ex-neuroscientist Carina has been damaged by working on a sinister brain-mapping project.
Chris Broomyre and Laura Lam, Mitchell Library, Sat 17 Mar, 4.45pm
Nasty Women, a collection of essays and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century, was the debut book from publisher 404 Ink. Contributors Laura Lam and Mel Reeve discuss what it is like to part of this trailblazing project. Chaired by Chitra Ramaswamy.
Nasty Women, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 17 Mar, 8.15pm
Jackie Kay: The Books That Made Me
The 'books that made me' strand of Aye Write! is always popular, with authors, politicians and musicians invited to share the books that have a special place in their heart. This year Jackie Kay, Scottish poet laureate and author of Trumpet and Red Dust Road shares what literary works take pride of place on her bookshelf.
Jackie Kay, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sun 18 Mar, 1.15pm
Gail Honeyman & Sarah Winman: Word of Mouth Best-seller
Gail Honeyman discusses her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a Sunday Times bestseller which recently won the First Novel Costa Book prize. She's joined by Sarah Winman, whose first novel When God Was a Rabbit in 2011 became a Richard and Judy bestseller. Her latest novel, Tin Man, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Prize.
Gail Honeyman & Sarah Winman, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sun 18 Mar, 8.15pm
Writing the Magical Masterclass with Kirsty Logan
Aye Write! Hosts a series of masterclasses and workshops for those wanting to improve their writing skills or get some inspiration. A particularly specialised workshop is led by Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, on creating fiction with a magical or fairy tale slant.
Writing the Magical Masterclass, Mitchell Library, Wed 21 Mar, 5.30pm
BHP Full Colour Comics
BHP Comics discuss their Full Colour project, a mentoring programme for young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic comics creators that will result in a comic anthology. Chaired by co-project lead Nyla Ahmad, the young creators discuss inclusion in the arts, creating comics and the impact of the mentoring project.
BHP Full Colour Comics, Sun 25 Mar, Mitchell Library, 2.15pm
Graeme Macrae Burnet
Macrae Burnet's 2015 novel His Bloody Project bagged a much-coveted spot on the Man Booker shortlist. In his latest novel, The Accident on the A35, he reprises the character of Inspector Georges Gorski from his first novel The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, in an expertly paced novel of small-town characters with big-city intrigue.
Graeme Macrae Burnet, Mitchell Library, Sun 25 Mar, 3pm.