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Aye Write! festival kicks off in Glasgow

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Getty Images/iStock)
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Getty Images/iStock)

THE Aye Write! festival kicks off on the 15th March and runs for ten days.

This year, events celebrating the love of reading and writing are being held in seven venues across Glasgow.

Top names heading to the city include Val McDermid, Professor Sir John Curtice, Sally Magnusson, Robert Peston and Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay.

The jam-packed programme features an eclectic mix of literary events.

Chris Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Luca Veste, Doug Johnstone and Mark Billingham will come together to form the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, who’ll be bringing their rock n’ roll show to the Tramway.

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‘Iron Gran’ Edwina Brocklesby will be delighting audiences with stories of tackling triathlons age 74 at the Mitchell Library.

PC Dave Wardell, who spoke to the Sunday Post about a traumatic knife attack, will be joined by brave ex-police dog Finn and he recounts that day and pays tribute to man’s best friend.

Glasgow’s Mitchell Library (Getty Images/iStock)

Other events lined up include the ‘Getting Carter’ talk and film screening at Glasgow Film Theatre, and Roger Bilcliffe’s tribute to Charles Rennie McIntosh.

In total, over 200 authors will be taking part in Aye Write! 2018.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “Aye Write! does an amazing job bringing fresh talent, unusual books, popular and difficult topics and above all a fantastic mix of writing and books to Glasgow.

“We are looking forward to some amazing and inspiring sessions that will cover everything from century defining movements to the bravery of police dogs.

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“Wherever you look there is something to delight fans of reading and writing in every imaginable form.”

Bob McDevitt, Aye Write! programmer said: “From keynote lectures to political panels, illustrated talks to confessional memoirs, award-winning poetry to best-selling novels, Aye Write! will be reflecting our lives, responding to topical concerns and hopefully offering some answers to the big questions of our age.

“Book lovers of Glasgow can look forward to the biggest festival yet!”

www.ayewrite.com