Aye Write! festival kicks off in Glasgow…

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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Live Literature author at Largs Library…

AUTHOR Doug Johnstone will be visiting Largs writer’s group as part of the Live Literature scheme organised by the Scottish Book Trust, writes Julie McLaughlin.
All members of the public are being welcomed to the free event taking place on March 19 from 10am to 12 noon.

Notably his work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.
Johnstone has had eight novels published including “Fault Lines” in eBook form, which was released in February of this year.

Among his many accolades his book ‘Gone Again’ was an Amazon best seller and ‘Hit and Run’ was placed as an Amazon number one.

As well as this his novel, “The Jump” was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.

Doug has had a wide-ranging career having worked as a freelance arts and entertainment journalist since 1999 and a lecturer in creative writing at Strathclyde University, as well as a writer in residence.

He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and Emergents in the Scottish Highlands.

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International book festival to hit the road…

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) are taking their show on the road with a new pop-up event.

Authors Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and Mark Billingham, as well as broadcaster Sally Magnusson, tennis coach Judy Murray and football commentator Archie Macpherson are to take part in the three-day ReimagiNation: Glenrothes festival.

The event will host talks, music and poetry in Rothes Hall, as part of the EIBF Booked! programme which has previously staged mini festivals in Cumbernauld, Irvine and East Kilbride.

Christopher Brookmyre is among the writers appearing at the pop-up festival “Glenrothes is the penultimate stop on our journey and ReimagiNation is all about looking at the places we think we know in new ways, and we hope the people of Glenrothes and book lovers everywhere will feel inspired by the stories that are shared at the festival.”

Scottish Crime Writer Val McDermid is among the writers appearing at the festivalClara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are so delighted that the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is once again helping the Edinburgh International Book Festival reach communities across Scotland, allowing them access to what the Book Festival offers outwith its home in Charlotte Square Gardens.
“Residents from Glenrothes are certainly in for a treat.”

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