The annual Aye Write Festival is coming along next month from March 9 – 19th, and we couldn’t be more excited! As always, the event listings are packed with variety to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are the top events which caught our eye, but pop along here to check out the full schedule and make sure you don’t miss out on your literary fix for 2017.

1. Home Ground Book Launch

Home Ground Book Launch

9th Mar 2017  //  4:30PM – 5:30PM  // Mitchell Library

Inspired by last year’s Homeless Word Cup, this new anthology features pieces from volunteers, Creative Writing Masters students, authors and Glasgow’s Makar Jim Carruth. Attendees at the launch will receive a free copy, and anything that works towards dispelling myths about the problem of homelessness, including the provision of a platform for these issues to be discussed, is a very worthy event in our book!

2. Sara Sheridan and J. David Simons

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Image: www.ayewrite.com

9th Mar 2017  //  6:00PM – 7:00PM  //  CCA

One of Scotland’s most influential women, Sara Sheridan is an award-winning author and will be talking about her novel On Starlit Seas. She shares the stage with J. David Simons, winner of the McKitterick Prize, as he launches his latest book A Woman of Integrity. The topic is Compelling and Complex Characters, and should lead to a fascinating discussion whether you’re working on your own prize-winning novel or not!

3. Chris Leslie – Disappearing Glasgow

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Image: Aye Write

16th Mar 2017  //  7:45PM – 9:15PM  //  Mitchell Library

Filmmaker and Photographer Chris Leslie explores Glasgow’s high-rise history and is launching a book on the project. This session examines the process of demolishment with a poignant attention paid to what lay beyond the bricks and mortar of Glasgow’s short-lived housing estates.

4. Tim Burgess – Tim Book Two

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Image: Aye Write

17th Mar 2017  //  7:45PM – 8:45PM  //  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Charlatans front-man Tim Burgess launches his second book, and invites Glasgow to celebrate. The first, a memoir, was critically acclaimed and the follow-up moves the focus onto the music. Hear him talk about the process of contacting much-admired artists and asking about their favourite albums, then following the story of the record itself and weaving all together into Tim Book Two.

5. Aarathi Prasad & Margaret McCartney – National Health Services

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Image: Aye Write

Margaret McCartney is a Glasgow GP who regularly writes for the media, and Aarathi Prasad is an author, who travelled India to understand how the country approaches medicine and treatment and turned her findings into a book: The Bonesetter’s Waiting Room. Together, they will discuss the health systems in the UK and India, facing up to the issues currently affecting them and argue their cases for a brighter future for nation-wide medical treatment.

6. Jason Donald & Laura McVeigh – Refugee Tales

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19th Mar 2017  //  1:15PM – 2:15PM  //  Mitchell Library

Both authors will talk about their books which focus on the stories of refugees. Described as unflinching, thought-provoking and spell-binding, the books bring the stories of the dispossessed to the forefront and encourage us to look at the current crisis a little closer and with more empathy.

7. Glasgow Gruffalo With Elaine C. Smith

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Image: Aye Write

11th Mar 2017  //  11:30AM – 12:30PM  //  Mitchell Library

One for the weans! There are loads of events for kids on throughout the festival, and you can see the full line-up here. We love the sound of this one, though. Enjoy the Gruffalo translated into weegie with a Scottish icon, Elaine C. Smith!

8. Michelle McGagh – The No Spend Year

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Image: Aye Write

Could you go a year without spending any money? Michelle McGagh had a budget for bills, food and basics and beyond that didn’t spend a penny more. Find out how she got on and get inspired to get your finances in check once and for all!

9. Ayobami Adebayo & Chibundu Onuzo – Welcome to Nigeria

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Image: Aye Write

12th Mar 2017  //  6:30PM – 7:30PM  //  CCA

Two of Nigeria’s most celebrated writers are coming to Glasgow, and we can’t wait to welcome them! Both novelists cover a wide range of topics, from family, war, grief and all the colours and bustles of life in Laos and beyond.

10. Julia Scheele & Fionnuala Doran – Queer History In Comics

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Image: Aye Write

10th Mar 2017  //  7:45PM – 8:45PM  //  CCA

Did you know that the world’s first comic was born in Glasgow? That’s just a fun fact to get us started. This festival event will see Julia Scheele and Fionnuala Doran tie together the LGBTQ+ strands of the history of the art-form and of activism, gender theories, psychology, and much much more.

For the full events listing, follow this link. We look forward to seeing you around the festival events!