Five must-see events at Aye Write! 2016

Aye Write 2016

Glasgow’s book festival Aye Write! is back and bigger than ever with names like Irvine Welsh, Matt Haig, Alexei Sayle and Limmy gracing the Mitchell Library’s beautiful halls. Some of Scotland’s best established and upcoming authors will be in attendance and we wish we could see them all! Here’s five Aye Write! events we recommend to get a taste of the gems Scottish book culture has to offer.


James Yorkston and Colin MacIntyreJames Yorkston & Colin MacIntyre
An Evening of Novels & Song
Saturday 12th, 19.30 – 20.30, £12

‘Two fine Scottish songwriters have released novels to great acclaim and we are very pleased that they have agreed to share a stage at Aye Write! to read from their books but also play a few songs and talk about the relationship between their fiction and songwriting.’

Neil MacKay & Ben McPhersonNeil Mackay & Ben McPherson
Chilling Thrillers
Sunday 13th, 12.00 – 13.00, £9

‘Sunday Herald columnist Neil Mackay’s The Wolf Trial is inspired by an extraordinary true case – the first ever documented account of a serial killer in world history. Ben McPherson’s A Line of Blood is a chilling psychological thriller about family, the ties that bind us, and the lies that destroy us.’

Jackie Kay & TrumpetJackie Kay
A Modern Classic
Tuesday 15th, 19.30 – 20.30, £9

‘To celebrate the publication of the Picador Classic edition of the novel Trumpet (with a new introduction by Ali Smith), we are pleased to welcome back the fabulous poet, playwright, novelist, children’s author and broadcaster, Jackie Kay.’


Gaelic New WritersGaelic New Writers Showcase
Saturday 19th, 19.30 – 20.30, £6

‘Cothrom èisteachd ri grunn sgrìobhadairean Gàidhlig ùra còmhla, is iad an sàs an dà chuid ann am ficsean agus bàrdachd. Bidh Niall O’Gallagher, Calum MacLeòid, Sandaidh Jones agus Cairistìona Stone an làthair, is iad a’ riochdachadh iomairt Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean/Urrad Leabraichean na h-Alba, Duaisean nan Sgrìobhadairean Ùra. Bidh an craoladair Mark Wringe sa chathair.’

Lucy Ribchester & Jenni FaganLucy Ribchester & Jenni Fagan
Sophomore Fiction
Sunday 20th, 16.30 – 17.30, £9

‘These two novelists have the enviable position of following up their successful debuts. Lucy Ribchester’s follow up to The Hourglass Factory, The Amber Shadows is a mysterious novel about keeping secrets set at Bletchley Park. Jenni Fagan’s The Pantopticon saw her chosen as one of the Granta’s Best Young British Writers and her new novel The Sunlight Pilgrims tells the story of a small Scottish community living through what people have begun to think is the end of times.’

Check out the full Aye Write! programme.

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