Posted by: scottishwriters | March 6, 2017

Bookmarked: SWC’s Top Picks of Aye Write! Festival

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In case you haven’t heard, the Scottish Writers’ Centre is hosting a speakeasy at the Mitchell Library on the 9th March in conjunction with the wonderful Aye Write! We’re very excited about the upcoming event, and as Aye Write! is definitely a festival to which the SWC are proud to lend their support, we thought we’d dedicate this blog post to the wonders of Glasgow’s favourite literary festival.

The festival takes place every March, primarily in the Mitchell Library. If you haven’t been before, then the SWC highly recommends that you make this year your first – there’s absolutely something for everyone! This year it’s celebrating its twelfth anniversary, and the festival has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength in the past few years. Below we’ve selected a few of the events that we think our SWC members will love. We hope that you have a brilliant Aye Write! and please let us know about the events you enjoyed the most!

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Aye Write!’s Creative Writing programme, running from 9 to 19 March covers everything from plot to editing, radio dramas to comics. For a mere £15 to a session, you’re sure to learn something invaluable

404 Ink: A Brand New Publisher for Scotland, Thursday 9 March, 19.45-20.45: because we know how much our members love independent and innovative publishing houses

John Byrne: The Books that Made Me, Friday 10 March, 18.00-19.00: just been to see Cuttin’ A Rug at the Citizens’ Theatre? Learn more about the playwright behind the acclaimed Slab Boys Trilogy

The Makars – Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay & Jim Carruth, Saturday 11 March, 18.30-19.45: all the talented Scottish Makars in one room – what more could you want?

Ian Rankin: 30 Years of Rebus, Sunday 12 March, 13.15-14.15: an in-depth look at one of crime fiction’s greatest masters

Glasgow: A Reading City, Friday 17 March, 16.00-17.30: a riveting glance at Glasgow’s historic love of books

Jenni Murray: A History of Britain in 21 Women, Saturday 18 March, 16.45-17.45: expect a fascinating hour devoted to women who altered the face of Britain

The Great Scottish Books Quiz, Sunday 19 March, 20.15-21.15: there’s never been a better opportunity to discover which Scottish author is the biggest know-it-all and test your own bookish knowledge at the same time…


If you’re feeling inspired by this blog post (and we hope you are!) then you can take a look at our blog post on the top literary festivals in Scotland – in which Aye Write! of course features. What Aye Write! event are you looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’d love to hear from you!

Words by Rachel Walker

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