Saturday, 11 December 2010


Merry Christmas.
Here's a list of things happening in Glasgow during this festive season.

December: Talks and lectures at Burrell, Glasgow/Strathclyde Universities, Langside College and Goma details on their sites.

Glasgow Botanics Book Fair

Opening times are 10.00am to 4.30pm and, as usual, admission is free.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December.
1. Thu 6 Jan 6pm Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Lively and informal discussions of poetry on the first Thursday of every month.
2. Fri 14 Jan 8pm Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, Glasgow 0141 357 4524 Free A monthly evening of storytelling and poetry reading.
3. Thu 20 Jan 6:30pm–7:30pm Pollokshaws Library, Glasgow 0141 276 1535 Free
Flora MacDonald: A chance to meet the author of Coco is Crubagan: A Hebridean Childhood.
4. Fri 21 Jan 8pm Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, Glasgow 0141 357 4524 Free
The Better Crack Club: Regular storytelling club for adults.
5. Saturday January 22 2011. Zog and the Gruffalo
An hour of fun with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and her big furry friend.
11am Tron Theatre, Glasgow 0141 552 4267£8 (£6)
2pm Tron Theatre, Glasgow 0141 552 4267£8 (£6)
Sunday 23 January 2011
2pm Tron Theatre, Glasgow 0141 552 4267£8 (£6)

Friday, 26 November 2010

December List of events

December 2010 Lit Events

Thursday December 2, 7pm Prose Punch and Pakora @ Milngavie Bookshop, £10 for tickets.

Thursday December 2, 7pm @ Street Level Photo Works, Trongate 103, Glasgow. Get acquainted with the radical, unyielding and funny work of politicised poet Tom Leonard and Glasgow poet and model Erica von Stein amongst others. Live music and a bar are also on offer. Tickets £2, 0141 552 2151.

Thursday December 2, 6pm @ The Mitchell Library, Poetry Discussion Group. Lively and informal discussions of poetry on the first Thursday of every month. Free, 0141 287 2999.

Thursday December 2, 6.30-8pm @ Waterstone’s Sauchiehall Street, Scottish photographer Colin Prior discusses his latest collection High Light, followed by that all-important book signing. 0141 332 9105 £3 redeemable against cost of book.

Saturday December 4, Denise Mina TBC @ Plan B Books, Osborne Street, Glasgow, the popular Scottish crime writer and playwright talks about her work and signs copies of new novel A Sickness in the Family. Tickets FREE.

Monday December 6, The Hairy Bikers’ 12 Days of Christmas, The Hairy Bikers ride into town to sign copies of their latest, festive, offering @ WH Smith, 53-55 Argyle Street, Glasgow. Tickets, 0141 204 0636 Free.

Chopin in Glasgow: Janice Galloway in Conversation @ Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite on Thursday December 9 @ 1pm. As part of the Chopin in Glasgow series, author and classical music lover Galloway looks at the life of the composer, aided by music from RSAMD students. Tickets £5, 0141 353 8000.

Thursday December 9 & Friday December 10, A Way with Words @ Glasgow Women’s Library@ 11am-2pm, two days of creative writing workshops drawing on the wisdom of women's folktales for inspiration. Lunch provided. For ticket information call 0141 248 9969.

Thursday December 9 @ 7pm @ Glasgow School of Art, St Mungo’s Mirrorball 5th Birthday Bash. Celebrate the start of Mirrorball's fifth year as Glasgow's much-loved network for writers, performers and lovers of poetry with special guests tba.

Friday December 10 @ 8pm @ Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, Otago Lane. A monthly evening of storytelling and poetry reading. Reading Allowed. Call 0141 357 4524 for more information.

Diary and Notebook making on Monday December 13 @ Glasgow Women’s Library. Make a funky diary or notebook from reclaimed paper and card. Tickets free, call 0141 248 9969.

Scottish Writers' Centre presents the Glasgow launch of Causeway/Cabhsaiac on Thursday December 16 from 7-8.30pm @ the CCA Glasgow. The Scottish Writers' Centre launches the new magazine of Irish and Scottish Writing, in association with the University of Aberdeen. The evening also includes the Centre's mid-Winter celebration. Tickets free, call 0141 352 4900.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

November 2010 Lit Events

With October coming to an end and November fast approaching, I thought that I would take the liberty of posting upcoming events in the month of November.

November 1- GWL Archives Workshops

2–4pm, @ Glasgow Women's Library, 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow. This week's session is an intro to archives including object handling and box-listing. If you have any questions about this event or would like to come along, then please contact Hannah Litte,

November 1-3- 'Mara Menzies 'Legend of Magnificent Moon & Toto Tales'

9.45am & 1.15pm at The Village Storytelling Centre, St James' Parish Church, 183 Meiklerig Crescent, Glasgow. Lively, colourful African storytelling from Mara Menzies and friends. Ages 3 to 7 and families. 'Part of the Wee Inspiration Festival 2010. Tickets cost £3. Call 0141 287 9835 to book.

November 1-29- Writing Glasgow, University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme Exhibition

An FREE exhibition at The Mitchell celebrating the 15th anniversary of the University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme.

November 2- Canongate’s Irregular launch Alasdair Gray’s autobiography A Life in Pictures.

Doors open at 8pm Canongate’s Irregular will travel from its regular venue in Edinburgh to Oran Mor to celebrate the long-awaited publication of A Life in Pictures, the autobiography of author and artist Alasdair Gray. With Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, Louise Welsh and music from Roddy Woomble, Lord Cut-Glass and My Latest Novel, this an event not to be missed!

Tickets cost £6 and are available on, or from behind the bar at the Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow.

November 2-6-Virginia's Woolf's 'Orlando', part of Glasgay! 2010

7.30pm at Tramway, Glasgow. Orlando is presented by Cryptic and is performed by Madeleine Worrall, featuring live vocals and electronics by AGF and an original soundtrack by AGF and Craig Armstrong. For ticket information, visit

November 3-Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando' all day event, part of Glasgay! 2010

9.30am-6pm at Tramway, Glasgow. SYMPOSIUM: Unlacing Orlando: an inspirational day of lectures, debates, papers and readings exploring and celebrating Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, hosted by Cryptic and the University of Glasgow. A discounted ticket rate is available to those purchasing both Orlando performance and Unlacing Orlando symposium ticket(s).

For more information please contact Tramway box office or go to
Tickets £13 (Conc £7) | Symposium £12 (Conc £6) | Combi-ticket: £20 (Conc £10)

November 4-Alistair Moffat 'The Faded Map'

2.15pm at St Stephens Church, Renfield Street, Glasgow. Call 0141 332 2826 for further information. Tickets cost £8 (under 18s/students/RSGS members free.)

November 5-6- Writing Glasgow

Meet the Tutor, November 5 at 6pm & November 6 at 2pm at the Mitchell, Glasgow
A wonderful opportunity to learn more about the University of Glasgow's Creative Writing programme during a question and answer session with course tutors.

Alumni Readings
November 5 from 7pm featuring Karen Campbell, Jason Donald and Anne Donovan
November 6 from 3pm featuring Rachael Seiffert and Louise Welsh

November 10-Jackie Kay 'Red Dust Road', part of Glasgay! 2010

9.30pm at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Jackie Kay will be reading from her newly published memoirs, 'Red Dust Road' which provide a warm and humorous autobiographical account of Kay's upbringing in Scotland. Tickets cost £8.50.

Call 0141 552 4267 or visit for further information.

November 11-St Mungo's Mirrorball

7pm at Glasgow School of Art. An evening headlined by multi-award winning Irish poet, Bernard O'Donoghue. Also featuring poets, Hazel Frew and Miriam Gamble.

November 20-Write-Tron For All

10am-1pm at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Call 0141 552 4267 for ticket information.

November 24-Word Play

8pm at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Tickets are FREE for this event.

November 25-Armistead Maupin 'Mary Ann in Autumn'

6.30pm at Waterstone's, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Come to Waterstone's and meet Armistead Maupin read from 'Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel' For further information about this event call 0131 226 2666. Tickets cost £3 (redeemable against purchase.)

November 25-St Mungo's Mirrorball

7pm at the Glasgow School of Art. Three wonderful voices from across Scotland; featuring poets Kona Macphee, Hugh MacMillan and Brian Whittingham.

These are all of the events happening in November which I am currently aware of, but as I start to hear of more events, I will be sure to post details of them on this blog. In the meantime, if there are any events which you know of that are not mentioned here, then please feel free to either email , leave a comment on this blog post, or post its details on the Wall of the Glasgow Lit Corner Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you at events in November.

Yours aye,


Tuesday, 19 October 2010

October Events Update

Some more interesting lit events have come to my attention since my last post, details of which are below.

As I'm sure many of you are aware, Glasgay! 2010 is now upon us and has an array of fantastic events on offer. A few lit events in October which form part of the festival are:

1) 'Panic Patterns' is the first collaborative work by Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan at the Citizens Theatre, from Oct. 19- Oct. 30. Described as, "an edgy compelling drama from award winning novelists," by the List, this is not to be missed. For more info visit or

2)'Up' which is a sharp new play, written by James Ley, directed by Rosalind Sydney and stars Laurie Brown takes place at the CCA in Glasgow from Oct. 19- Oct. 22. For ticket information, please visit

3) 'Bridge' which takes place from Oct. 26- Oct. 30 at the Arches in Glasgow. If you are interested in attending please visit for ticket information

4) Also at the Arches from Oct. 26- Oct. 30 is 'Chromotherapy' which is a poet performance event which is written and performed by Drew Taylor. For ticket information, please visit

For those with a taste for foreign, specifically German Literature then this next event may be for you.

On Tuesday Oct. 26, there will be a Book Club meeting taking place at the Goethe Institute, Park Circus, Glasgow. German author, Christiane Roesinger will be reading and discussing her book 'Das Schoene Leben' from 6.30-8pm. Please note that the reading and discussion will be in German.

So please take a look and see if any of these events interest you, and please let me know of any events which are not mentioned on this blog by emailing

Yours aye,


Sunday, 17 October 2010

Lit Events 0ct 18-30

Here it is folks the October events for the next fortnight. What a busy schedule! You can go out every night to a bookish/lit event. Lots of famous authors are giving up their time for free events. The dark nights are slowing drawing in, so wrap up warm and go and enjoy a book launch or take part in open mic events. I have put all of the events that I am aware of which are connected with books,writing and poetry in chronological order. Please find out more from the organisers or the venue.If you know of any others please add them to the Glasgow Lit Corner Page on Facebook.

Lit Events Oct 18- 30

Oct 18th

  1. Half Canned Cooks Books Launch Mancini Bar Mon 18 Oct 7pm–10pm 0131 228 6241
  2. Writing Smoke-Long Fiction7pm–9pmRicefield Gallery, Glasgow0141 331 1019 £110
  3. 6 - 7pm FREE Beyond the Last Dragon - A Life of Edwin Morgan The Mitchell Library


  1. Govanhill Library Anne Donovan discusses her novels Buddha Da and Being Emily.

Oct 20th

1. Felix Dennis: 'Tales From the Woods' At Oran-Mor, Wed 20 Oct, 7pm, 0141 357 6200

  1. 7 - 9 - The Bridge,
    1000 Westerhouse Road Glasgow G34 9JW

  1. Simon Pegg: Nerd Do Well12.30–1.30Waterstone's, Glasgow

Oct 21st

  1. Poems of the Millennium Vol 3 launch7:00pm Scottish Writers' Centre at the CCA

Oct 23rd
  1. Les Murray, Poetry Reading 7:30pm Collins Gallery, Richmond Street, Glasgow
  2. Lost in Digression Oct 8:30pmTron Theatre, Glasgow 0141 552 4267

Oct 25th

  1. Writing Smoke-Long FictionRicefield Gallery, Glasgow

  1. Andrew O'Hagan at Ramshron Theatre 5.15 Oct 25th free:

  1. Christopher Brookmyre at Govanhill Library 6.30-7.30pm

Oct 26th

  1. Mark BeaumontRoyal Concert Hall: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow7.30

Oct 27th

1.      The Word Factory  8pmTron Theatre, Glasgow Free



2.      Etta Dunn : workshop CCA writing workshop on the issues raised in the film Le Plein Pays. (shown - Workshop

3.      Anita G&The Rhythm Dr. at 7 pm Roxy Art House (downstairs bar)

Oct 28th

1. Orlando's Sisters 5:30pm  Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow Free

      2.  Tommy's Peace’  Book  launch party  Waterstone’s at 6:30pm

Oct 30th

  1. David Edgar 1.00–3.00 Waterstone's, Glasgow

Oct 31st

1. Halloween - Open Mic Night at 7:30pm Cafe Hula Federation Of Scotland

Yours aye,


Sunday, 10 October 2010

This week's upcoming events

Hello all,

With National Poetry Day 2010 now behind us we embark upon a new week of lit events in our beloved Glasgow. Listed below are the details of events will are scheduled to take place this week.

Scotia Writers Open Mic Evening, Monday Oct. 11 @ 8.30pm @ Scotia Bar, Glasgow

Strathkelving Writers' Group will be meeting on Tuesday Oct. 12 @ 7.30pm @ St James the Less Episcopal Church, Hilton Road, Bishopbriggs

Iain Banks Surface Detail Book Launch, Wednesday Oct. 13 @ 6.30pm-8.00pm @ Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street, Tickets £3, available in store and redeemable against purchase. Call 0141 332 9105 for more info.

Poetry @ The Ivory, Wednesday Oct. 13@ 7.00pm-9.30pm, The Ivory Hotel, 2/4 Camphill Avenue, G41 3AY

Allan Massie will be launching his newest work, 'KLAUS and Other Stories on Wednesday Oct. 13 @ 7pm @ the Goethe Institute, Park Circus, Glasgow. Free admission.

Weegie Wednesday, Wednesday Oct. 13 @ 7.30pm @ the Universal Bar (just behind Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street.)

Glasgay! 2010 is now officially live, festival dates: Oct. 14- Nov. 13. Tickets are on sale now. For further information please contact the Festival Office. Mailto:, call 0141 552 7575 or 7578

Fashion guru Lynn McCrossan will be discussing her lastest book on Thursday Oct. 14 @ 6.30pm-8.00pm @ Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tickets are free and available in store. For further information call 0141 332 9105.

That's all for now, but I will be sure to update you if I hear of any other events taking place this week.

Yours aye,


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

More upcoming events

A few more events have come to my attention since my last post. Glasgow is certainly one of the most culturally diverse cities in Scotland, which is evidenced by its inhabitants, who come from a variety of different backgrounds. As a result of this fact, it is hardly surprising that our city offers a number of events which cater to those with a taste for foreign literature. One such event is the launch of Scottish writer Allan Massie's most recent work, entitled 'KLAUS and Other Stories,' which takes place on Wednesday October 13 at the Goethe Institute in Glasgow. Massie's most recent work includes a novella about the life of the German author, Klaus Mann (the son of the German literary giant, Thomas Mann.) Massie has been hailed as, " of the best Scottish writers of his generation," by The Herald's Alan Taylor, and as a, "...master storyteller..." by Standpoint's editor, Daniel Johnson. So for those of you with an insatiable appetite for German literature, this may just be the event for you. Or even if you're simply curious to learn more about Klaus Mann, then why not attend, as admission is free for this event.

For all those who are fans of Iain M. Bank's writing, then make a note in your diaries that on Wednesday October 13 he will be at Waterstone's on Sauchiehall Street, where he will be reading extracts from his latest novel, 'Surface Detail.' The novel will be available for purchase, and the author will also be signing of copies of his books after the event. Please be aware that this event will be ticketed, so be sure to take note of the details below if you wish to attend.

Whether you consider yourself to be a fashionista, or simply have a passive interest in fashion, why not come along to learn about how to spot fashionable bargains, from Fashion guru, Lynn McCrossan. McCrossan is also a noted radio presenter and columnist, who will be discussing her latest book, 'A Girl's Guide to Vintage' at the Sauchiehall street branch of Waterstone's on Thursday October 14. This event will be ticketed, so please make a note of the details below if you plan on attending this event.

Launch of Allan Massie's 'KLAUS and Other Stories' Wed. Oct. 13 @ 7.00PM @ the Goethe Institute, Park Circus, Glasgow. Free admission.

Iain M. Banks event Wed. Oct. 13 @ 6.30-8.00PM @ Waterstone's, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tickets £3, available in store, redeemable against cost of the book on the night. For further information call 0141 332 9105.

Lynn McCrossan event Thurs. Oct. 14 @ 6.30-8.00PM @ Waterstone's Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Tickets are free and available in store. For further information call 0141 332 9105.

Yours aye,


There is so much happening in Glasgow's arts community that it glows with literary events almost every day. We are so lucky to have access to such a rich variety of events. However, I often find that there is so much going on that we all need reminders and that there is no single place where all, or even the majority of the events taking place in Glasgow and the greater Glasgow area, are listed.So here's my proposal. I'll update this blog on a regular basis, listing all of the events that I am aware of in Glasgow. If you know of any others do FB me or email me and I can add them to my fortnighly list.

Strathkelvin Writers' Group meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the hall of St James the Less Episcopal Church, Hilton Road, Bishopbriggs.

National Poetry Day 7th October has events all over the city. The Federation of Writer's (Scotland) has a top event at GOMA don't miss it.Check out their website

Weegie Wednesday 0ct 13th Universal Bar 7.30 pm. Too good to miss.

Join our Facebook page, Glasgow Lit Corner and feel free to email with any queries or suggestions.

Yours aye,