The Jewel brings to life Jean Armour and Robert Burns’ dramatic courtship and their tempestuous marriage. With readings from her novel, Catherine Czerkawska will discuss the difficult and demanding research, the extraordinary discoveries, and why she came to appreciate Jean as much as the poet himself.
Burns’ best poetry was inspired by women. He was always falling in love, sometimes with disastrous consequences. His love poems are full of desire, tenderness and regret.
With Lady Joyce Caplan we follow his amours from youth to his final letter to his wife, and journey around the Scotland he loved
Explore the horror, romance, and darkness of Gothic tradition, through music and the spoken word. The journey takes us from the dark Scottish 'neuks' of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson, over windswept English moorland, across to foreboding labyrinths of old Germanic forests. The event features songs and music by Helen Clark, inspired by fiction from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Associated tales, readings and poems are delivered by master storyteller David Campbell.
Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) is an international network of sibling studios, with a presence in thirteen cities including New York, London, Rotterdam and now, Glasgow.
Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers they admire. They attend to the social life of the book. A laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. Together these construct a space of conversation which beckons a public into being.
The Saltire Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms and is now Scotland's foremost literary awards. From poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, the Saltire Literary Awards are a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms. The Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct fields with the winner of each of the individual book awards going forward to be considered for the Saltire Book of the Year award.
Kirkcaldy Teen Book Café hosts bestselling Young Adult author Melinda Salisbury! As a child, Melinda genuinely thought Roald Dahl's Matilda was about her. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers! What she does have in abundance is a rare and wonderful talent, not only for writing but also for speaking about creative writing. Melinda's enthusiasm is infectious as she describes her journey into writing and encourages other young people to tell their own stories.
John Buchan’s classic novel seems tailor-made for screen adaptation with its breakneck speed plotting and country spanning locations, so it’s no surprise then, that it has been adapted multiple times. Despite this, it’s difficult to imagine Alfred Hitchcock’s original 1935 version ever being bettered. The story is perfectly served by Hitchcock’s signature ability to combine suspense, adventure and humour.
Jill Mansell is a much loved British romance writer with more than 25 brilliant books. Last year, she launched Three Amazing Things About You, which was one of her best-loved books to date and this year she's making a splash with You and Me, Always. Discover what makes her tick, where her inspiration comes from and how she manages to write so many beloved characters at this welcoming event.
We have a very special Harry Potter book in the museum. To help celebrate we've invited puppeteer and storyteller Ailie Finlay to tell some magical folktales. After the stories make your very own puppet witch, wizard, elf or made-up magical being. You will then get the chance to play some games and do some role-playing with the puppets. Lots of sparkly fabric, bright wool, ribbons and fun! To book this session, contact the museum reception on 0131 529 4901. This special event is part of Bookweek Scotland 2016.
Storyteller Daniel Allison will take you on a journey into the history of magic. Hear fantastical tales from all over the world, accompanied by magical music on the jaw harp, didgeridoo and more. This is a drop-in session with stories and music over 2 hours. Booking is not necessary.
This special event is part of Bookweek Scotland 2016.