6 Reasons You Should be Going to Aye Write This Year
Glasgow’s Book Festival Aye Write! is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. From the 17th to the 25th of April, Glasgow's iconic Mitchell Library will host a fantastic programme of literature and book events to celebrate the best in national, international and local writing with authors, readers and book lovers from across the country.
To try to fit everything into one blog would be near impossible – so instead, here are our top 6 reasons that you should be going to Aye Write! this year:
1. Irvine Welsh
Friday 17th April, 7:30PM - 8:30PM
He’s Leith’s favourite son, the enfant terrible of Scottish literature, the bad boy of the Edinburgh arts scene – there are many ways to describe the author of Trainspotting, Filth and the upcoming A Decent Ride, but beyond the clichés there's a master of his craft whose work has defined an era. Come and hear the man himself discuss his new book and his long career as a rabble-rouser.
Saturday 18th April, 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Organised by Ess Publications and Generator Publications, the Ex Libris Book Fair has everything for the hardcore book lover: small presses, indie comic creators, and artist book makers and everything else. Bring your wallet; you won’t be going home empty handed.
3. Outstanding Debuts: Kirsty Logan and Lucy Ribchester
Saturday 25th April, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Two of our own New Writers Awards recipients from the past few years are taking to the festival to discuss their stunning debut novels. The Hourglass Factory is Lucy Ribchester’s romp around turn-of-the-century London exploring the world of the suffragettes, while Kirsty Logan's The Gracekeepers shows us a circus boat on a flooded world and the strange figures that inhabit it.
4. It’ll help you become a better writer
Whether you’re a fantasy writer, a biographical historian, a children’s writer or an absolute beginner looking to find your voice, there’s an event at Aye Write! for you. With seminars and group discussions you can explore your own writing technique, and with some fantastic recitals and readings you can let yourself be inspired by others.
5. Michel Faber
Sunday 19th April, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
The author of the astonishing and disturbing Under the Skin, which was made into a film starring Scarlett Johansson, was born in Holland, raised in Australia and now lives in the Scottish Highlands that feature so prominently in his books. Faber joins us at Aye Write! to discuss his new book, The Book of Strange New Things.
6. It’ll let you travel the world without ever leaving Glasgow
Whether it’s exploring Palestine with Ghada Karmi, hearing new writing from South Africa by Lebo Mashile and Niq Mhlongo or discovering the newly rising genres of non-fiction and urban literature in China with Liu Zhenyun, Ning Xiaoling and Zhou Jianing, there’s more global travel to be done inside the Mitchell Library than you can shake a sick bag at.
Image credit: Mitchell Library by Kasia Raj