Boswell Book Festival 2019: Bashabi Fraser, Magnus Linklater & Alan Taylor without Ahmet Altan
May
12
3:15 pm15:15

Boswell Book Festival 2019: Bashabi Fraser, Magnus Linklater & Alan Taylor without Ahmet Altan

To mark the publication of Ahmet Altan’s remarkable prison memoir I Will Never See the World Again, Bashabi Fraser, joins Magnus Linklater and Alan Taylor to discuss the fate of writers and journalists in authoritarian states and the great pieces of literature that imprisonment has inspired, as part of Boswell Book Festival 2019.

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Tackling Scotland's Racism Problem
May
10
9:30 am09:30

Tackling Scotland's Racism Problem

This conference is being jointly supported by the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights.

Published early in 2018, No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland addressed the complacent assumption that racism is not a problem in Scotland–or at least that it is a lesser problem than in England. Ranging from Scotland’s role in the British Empire to the extent of Islamophobia in contemporary Glasgow, the book attempted to chart the scale and multi-dimensional nature of the issue.

However, it is not enough to prove that a problem exists: the challenge is to also suggest potential solutions. With this is mind, some of the editors and contributors have organised a one-day conference - Tackling Scotland’s Racism Problem - at which these solutions can be discussed.

Drawing on contributions from practitioners, academics and activists, the conference will address issues including what policies have and have not worked in the past, if existing legislation is currently being underused, and how racism impacts on education in terms of both course content and the careers of students, teachers and lecturers.

Speakers will include:

  • Aamer Anwar, Rector at University of Glasgow

  • Neil Davidson, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

  • Professor Rowena Arshad, Head of School of Education, University of Edinburgh

  • Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust

  • Dr Stephen Mullen, Department of History, University of Glasgow

  • Khadija Mohammed, Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) / Department of Education, University of West of Scotland

  • Professor Nasar Meer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

  • Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)

The day will close with an opportunity for attendees to engage with a panel of politicians from across the political parties currently represented at Holyrood on what they are doing to address the problem of racism.

Tea and coffee will be available from 09.30am and the event will begin at 10.00am. There will be a room available for prayer over the lunch break.

Entrance is free, however attendees need to register in advance. Please register your ticket at the Eventbrite page here.

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Scotia Extremis with Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone
May
3
6:30 pm18:30

Scotia Extremis with Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of SCOTIA EXTREMIS, as part of the Tradfest 2019 programme.

Editors Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone bring together a wide range of Scotland’s best-known contemporary poetic voices to celebrate the country’s culture and personality through spoken work, from Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, to Jimmy Shand meeting Jack Bruce, and Cullen Skink taking on Irn-Bru. Featuring such poets as Jackie Kay, Angus Peter Campbell, Stewart Conn, Liz Niven, Donald S Murray and more than 100 more, these vivid poems bring to life the people, places and motifs that form the complex and contradictory soul of Scotland.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

ANDY JACKSON was born in Salford, England in 1965, but has lived in Scotland since 1993. His two poetry collections The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner’s Guide to Cheating (2015) were both published by Red Squirrel Press, and he has curated and edited several poetry anthologies including Split Screen (2012) and Double Bill (2014) for Red Squirrel Press, and Whaleback City: The Poetry of Dundee and its Hinterland (with W N Herbert) for Dundee University Press (2013). In 2015 he again collaborated with W N Herbert on the New Boots & Pantisocracies poetry blog project, chronicling the UK in the months following the 2015 General Election. He was Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland in 2017.

BRIAN JOHNSTONE was born in Edinburgh in 1950, but has lived in rural Fife since the 1970s. A poet, writer and performer, his work has appeared through Scotland, elsewhere in the UK, in North America, Australasia and across Europe. He has published six collections, most recently Juke Box Jeopardy (Red Squirrel, 2018) and Dry Stone Work (Arc, 2014). His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages. In 2015 his work was selected to appear on the Poetry Archive website. His memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. A founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, he was a literary events organiser for over 20 years, co-founding Edinburgh’s Shore Poets and curation Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival in the 1990s.

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Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie
Apr
24
6:30 pm18:30

Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of Tribes of Glasgow by Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie.

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnect from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, engaging with the patchwork of ‘tribes’ which make up the fabric of the city. Meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures – including cosplayers, gunslingers, LGBT boxers and more – Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie bring their stories to life through a blend of portrait and candid photography.

Admission to this event is free and all are welcome. Please book your free ticket at the Eventbrite page.

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the London’s Hidden Walks series. He has written and provided photographs for a number of books and magazines, including the Independent on Sunday.

ALAN McCREDIE has been a freelance photographer for 10 years, working with most major agencies in Scotland and beyond. He has specialised in theatre and television but is perhaps best known for his documentary and travel photography. A member of Documenting Britain photo collective, he is a Perthshire man lost to Leith.


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Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Tribes of Glasgow with Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie

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Waterstones launch Tribes of Glasgow by Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie.

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnect from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, engaging with the patchwork of ‘tribes’ which make up the fabric of the city. Meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures – including cosplayers, gunslingers, LGBT boxers and more – Stephen Millar and Alan McCredie bring their stories to life in a way akin to Humans of New York, through first-hand accounts and a blend of portrait and candid photography. Millar and McCredie will reveal their experiences meeting the tribes and how the book came to be, followed by a Q&A and signing opportunity.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please reserve your free ticket via the Eventbrite page here.

STEPHEN MILLAR is the author of the London’s Hidden Walks series. He has written and provided photographs for a number of books and magazines, including the Independent on Sunday. 

ALAN McCREDIE has been a freelance photographer for 10 years, working with most major agencies in Scotland and beyond. He has specialised in theatre and television but is perhaps best known for his documentary and travel photography. A member of Documenting Britain photo collective, he is a Perthshire man lost to Leith.

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Edinburgh Science 2019: Cosmic Beauty, Poetry and Science
Apr
7
3:00 pm15:00

Edinburgh Science 2019: Cosmic Beauty, Poetry and Science

Celebrating the publication of their book Oor Big Braw Cosmos, join Astronomer Royal for Scotland Professor John C Brown and eminent Lallans poet Rab Wilson for a session of poetry and an exploration of astronomy, cosmic beauty and science to a backdrop of superb cosmic imagery.

Tickets for this event are £8.50/£6.50/£5 #SCIFIVE and are available from the Edinburgh Science booking website or by calling the booking hotline on 0131 226 0005.

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The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite with Douglas Watt
Apr
4
6:30 pm18:30

The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite with Douglas Watt

Blackwell’s South Bridge host the launch of The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite by Douglas Watt, the fourth instalment in the John MacKenzie series.

MacKenzie and Scougall are back.

It’s 1689 and the body of a young lawyer has been discovered near Craigleith Quarry, Edinburgh. Meanwhile, in the Highlands, an army is trying to crush the government in the hope of restoring James Stewart to the throne. Was the discovered body anything to do with the rise of the Jacobites? Or was it simply the result of an office rivalry? Investigative lawyer John MacKenzie and his assistant Scougall search for the truth in the fourth instalment of Douglas Watt’s John MacKenzie series.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Please book your free ticket via the Eventbrite page.

DOUGLAS WATT was born in Edinburgh and brought up there and in Aberdeen. He was educated at Edinburgh University where he gained an MA and PhD in Scottish History. Douglas is the author of a series of historical crime novels set in the late 17th century Scotland featuring investigative advocate John MacKenzie and his sidekick Davie Scougall. He is also the author of The Price of Scotland, a prize-winning history of Scotland’s Darien Disaster. He lives in Midlothian with his wife Julie.

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Aye Write 2019: Alex Boyd
Mar
30
1:15 pm13:15

Aye Write 2019: Alex Boyd

Using a battered medium format camera once belonging to Fay Goodwin, Alex Boyd captures the archipelago of St Kilda in a new light, from a 21st century perspective in his book St Kilda: The Silent Islands.

From the crumbling Cold War military base to the wild beauty of the natural landscape, this collection of photographs is both an ode to the history of the islands and an insight into the modern day lives of those who live and work on St Kilda today. 

Join Alex for a fascinating illustrated talk on this most mysterious and isolated place. 

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Lesley Riddoch, David Runciman, Isabel Hardman and Chris Mullin
Mar
29
7:45 pm19:45

Aye Write 2019: Lesley Riddoch, David Runciman, Isabel Hardman and Chris Mullin

On Friday 29 March, according to Article 50, the United Kingdom should be leaving the EU. Wherever we are and whatever has happened by then, our distinguished panel help you to navigate through the headlines:

Isabel Hardman is a political journalist and the assistant editor of The Spectator.

David Runciman teaches politics and history at Cambridge University and hosts the Talking Politics podcast.

Chris Mullin is a former MP, novelist and diarist.

Lesley Riddoch is a broadcaster, journalist and author of Blossom: What post-Brexit needs to flourish.

Tickets are £12 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson
Mar
24
3:00 pm15:00

Aye Write 2019: Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson

Scotia Extremis is a new poetry anthology based on the celebrated 2016–17 web project edited by Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone. 

It presents a poetic exploration of 'the soul of Scotland’ featuring specially commissioned poems from over 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary poets including Jackie Kay, Douglas Dunn, Christine De Luca and Stewart Conn. 

Poems examine extremes of Scotland’s psyche, covering themes as diverse as Burns Night, Buckfast and the Bay City Rollers. A fastpaced roll-call of your favourite poets maps the nation in words, accompanied by visuals and the occasional snatch of music.

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Eunice Olumide
Mar
23
11:30 am11:30

Aye Write 2019: Eunice Olumide

Interested in working in the fashion industry? Do you want to be a model, designer, photographer or stylist? Want a rare look at the industry from the inside? 

Supermodel Eunice Olumide MBE was signed when she was just 16. She has since graced catwalks all over the world, working with top design powerhouses including Christopher Kane, Harris Tweed, Alexander McQueen, and Mulberry.

With stunning photographs and the knowledge of someone who’s been there and done it, How to Get into Fashion is your essential guide to the industry.

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office onb 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Stephen Millar & Alan McCredie
Mar
17
4:45 pm16:45

Aye Write 2019: Stephen Millar & Alan McCredie

Finding himself faced with a feeling of disconnection from his city of birth, Stephen Millar set out on a mission to capture the heart and essence of Glasgow, meeting with members of a remarkable variety of clubs and sub-cultures from pagans, to cosplayers and traditional musicians who make up the fabric of the city. 

His book Tribes of Glasgow moves beyond stereotypes and delves deeper into the origins of these tribes. 

Scottish photographer Alan McCredie brings these stories to life through a blend of portraits and candid snaps.

Tickets are £10 subject to transaction fees and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Brian Allaway
Mar
17
3:00 pm15:00

Aye Write 2019: Brian Allaway

Belfast firefighters responded to every incident during the Troubles, wherever it was located, seeing the best and worst of humanity. The years 1969 to 1994 were particularly difficult for Northern Ireland, and they would test the firefighters to their limits. 

Firefighters of Belfast provides a record of that time from a firefighter’s perspective, combining research, contemporary records and first-hand accounts from people who lived through it. 

Brian Allaway’s narrative places on record the dedicated service and invaluable contribution made by firefighters to the people of Belfast when the city needed them most.

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees, and are available from the Aye Write 2019 event page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Another Country: Belonging and Identity with Anne Pia
Mar
17
2:00 pm14:00

Another Country: Belonging and Identity with Anne Pia

Where do I belong? This is the question Anne Pia continually asked of herself growing up in the Italian-Scots community of post-World War Two Edinburgh. Her candid, vibrant memoir Language of My Choosing and her intimate poetry collection Transitory reveal her struggles with belonging and identity, and how she journeyed beyond the expectations of family to question her belonging in her Italian and Scottish heritages – something which to this day, remains complex and unresolved.

Tickets for this event are free and all are welcome. To book, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Aye Write 2019: Andrew Conway
Mar
16
1:15 pm13:15

Aye Write 2019: Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway has a degree and PhD in astrophysics from Glasgow. On leaving academia he spent time as an entrepreneur, and his experience led him to his current work on bringing clarity to essential information about our society. 

How Scotland Works is a layman’s guide to all aspects of Scottish society which aims to share an understanding of the information and data underpinning the political debate in our country. 

Packed full of facts and figures, the book highlights sources, dismantles barriers of jargon and places information in a context where it can be related to morals and politic.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Anna Groundwater
Mar
16
11:30 am11:30

Aye Write 2019: Anna Groundwater

Anna Groundwater is a cultural and social historian of early modern Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and acts as a consultant for historical television and radio programmes, appearing on Scotland’s Clans and In Our Time. 

Her book Scotland Connected is a user-friendly and thought-provoking guide to the key events in Scottish, British and World history, readily demonstrating the connections between the three. 

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Aye Write 2019 events page or by calling the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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Aye Write 2019: Angus Peter Campbell
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

Aye Write 2019: Angus Peter Campbell

Constabal Murdo, the new Gaelic novel from award-winning author Angus Peter Campbell, is set on Barra and follows the mystery of a valuable historic brooch stolen from Kismuil Castle. 

The local bobby, Murdo MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis pursues seven suspects until eventually detectives from the mainland arrive to help. The novel, a mix of detective noir with a dash of ‘Para Handy’, raises questions about the importance of community.

Tha bràiste òir luach nam mìltean mòra air a dhol à sealladh à Caisteal Chiosamuil am Barraigh. ‘S ann air Constabal Murdo, bhon a’ Bhac, a tha uallach faighinn a-mach co dh’fhalbh leatha. Tha seachdnar fo amharas aige. Saoil cò rinn e, agus carson?

Tickets are £6 subject to transaction fees, and are available from the Aye Write 2019 event page or from the box office on 0141 353 8000.

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StAnza 2019: Border Crossings - Ken Cockburn, Richard Gwyn and Arne Rautenberg
Mar
10
2:15 pm14:15

StAnza 2019: Border Crossings - Ken Cockburn, Richard Gwyn and Arne Rautenberg

Don’t miss the final Border Crossings session of this festival, in which two poets draw from a wide range of influences. Richard Gwyn is a poet and translator whose most recent collection, Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure, centres around an unnamed protagonist, a kind of anti-Ulysses, and this character’s journeys around the eastern Mediterranean. Richard will be reading alongside Arne Rautenberg, an award-winning German poet translated into English by Ken Cockburn. Arne’s playful work ranges from concrete poetry to writing for children through to exuberant and experimental sound texts.

Tickets are £4.50/£3.50 and are available from the StAnza event page or by calling the Byre Theatre Box Office on 01334 475000

Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn

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StAnza 2019: Five O'Clock Verses - Gerda Stevenson & George Mario Angel Quintero
Mar
8
5:00 pm17:00

StAnza 2019: Five O'Clock Verses - Gerda Stevenson & George Mario Angel Quintero

This evening we’ll be hearing from two poets who work across art forms. George Mario Angel Quintero has published poetry, fiction and essays in English, as well poetry and plays in Spanish, and is also a visual artist and musician. His work is full of ironic elegance and black humour. He'll be reading alongside the BAFTA award-winning actor, singer/songwriter and poet Gerda Stevenson, whose latest collection (fittingly, for a reading on International Women's Day) is QUINES: poems in tribute to women of Scotland.

Tickets are £6.50/£4.50 and are available from the StAnza event page here or by calling the Byre Theatre Box Office on 01334 475000.

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International Women's Day at Eusebi Deli with Anne Pia
Mar
8
4:00 pm16:00

International Women's Day at Eusebi Deli with Anne Pia

Eusebi Deli invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March at Eusebi Deli in Glasgow, for an evening hosted by Giovanna Eusebi and award-winning author, Anne Pia.

The evening will be held in aid of The Moira Anderson Foundation, a national charity that provides support for victims of child sex abuse.

Anne Pia is an acclaimed Italian-Scottish author and poet, winner of the Premio Flaiano Linguistica 2018 and was shortlisted for the Saltire Best Book of the Year 2017. Her memoir, Language Of My Choosing offers an insight into the Scottish Italian community over a 40 year period; the challenges of migration, immigration and the sad legacies of racism. Ultimately celebratory, it invites readers to tear up the scripts society has written for them and write their own.

The event will be held from 4pm - 6pm with homemade canapés and fizz followed by readings from Anne's book. After the readings, guests will have the chance to ask questions and get involved in a discussion surrounding the key themes of the book.

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StAnza 2019: Imprisoned Poets Reading - Brian Johnstone
Mar
8
3:30 pm15:30

StAnza 2019: Imprisoned Poets Reading - Brian Johnstone

Short readings from the work of imprisoned poets.

Join us to celebrate freedom of expression and to pay witness to writers who’ve been imprisoned for their work. At this event, hosted by Brian Johnstone, poets appearing at StAnza 2019 will read a selection of poems by imprisoned poets.

In association with Scottish PEN.

This event is free but ticketed. To avoid disappointment, please visit the StAnza event page to book your place or call the Byre Theatre Box Office on 01334 475000.

Scotia Extremis by Brian Johnstone and Andy Jackson

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StAnza 2019: Border Crossings - Angus Peter Campbell and Shara Lessley
Mar
8
11:30 am11:30

StAnza 2019: Border Crossings - Angus Peter Campbell and Shara Lessley

This Friday morning reading brings together two award-winning poets whose powers of language and scope of experience create memorable and impactful poetry. Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul (Angus Peter Campbell) is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist and actor. His poetry collection Aibisidh won the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year Award in 2011 and his most recent poetry collection, Stèisean, appeared with Luath Press in 2018. He will be reading alongside Shara Lessley, the author of The Explosive Expert’s Wife and Two-Headed Nightingale. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She was the inaugural Anne Spencer poet in residence at Randolph College and currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Acre Books.

Tickets are £4.50/£3.50 and are available from the StAnza events page or by calling the Byre Theatre Box Office on 01334 475000.

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