Well, Aye Write 2018 has now come to an end! What a fabulous experience that was! Every year this book festival in Glasgow just gets better and better! There really is something for everyone, from crime fiction, general fiction, non-fiction, sport, cookery, events for the wee ones, politics and even a gig thrown in from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers! What’s not to like!
I was lucky enough to attend nine events in total, including a Creative Writing Workshop and have written blog posts for each of them. I laughed, cried and learned all the way through the festival and I think a huge round of applause and thanks need to be given to everyone involved in putting the festival together, from the tireless Bob McDevitt, Festival Programmer, to the staff at Glasgow Life and at the event venues, to the volunteers on the day and the booksellers from Waterstones ensuring the books were available…each and every one of them work endlessly behind the scenes and at the front of house to ensure that Aye Write is the success that it is!
Here’s my experience in pictures:
First event of the festival for me was an evening with Alex Gray and Leigh Russell in conversation with Douglas Skelton. Held in the stunning Glasgow University it was a great start to the events:
Next up were Ragnar Jonasson and Simon Cox with a fascinating insight into all things Reykjavik! For this event it was back to my spiritual home of The Mitchell Library:
Next day, I headed off to do some learning of the creative sort at the Creative Writing Workshop run by David Pettigrew.
This was followed by a run, well ok a fast walk down Sauchiehall Street to the Royal Concert Hall to see Madeleine Black and Marina Cantacuzino talk about The Forgiveness Project and stories of hope, recovery and forgiveness.
Back to The Mitchell Library again for the fabulous Fiona Cummins, Sarah Vaughan and Clare Mackintosh in conversation with Michael J Malone
Quickly followed by Claire MacLeary, Owen Mullen and Angus McAllister in conversation with Russel McLean
The next event attended was a “no photographs” event held in The Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street with Russell Findlay, investigative journalist and author of Acid Attack, a story of corruption and injustice.
My final day at Aye Write was spent in The Mitchell Library again and first up were the Glasgow Boys, Ian Skewis, Charles E McGarry and Alan Parks
And last but not least were a trio of outstanding Scottish authors, Lin Anderson, Val McDermid and Doug Johnstone talking about Bloody Scotland, the anthology!
And so, for me, this was the end of this year’s Aye Write. I really would urge anyone who has the chance to attend the festival to do so. A great atmosphere, a warm Glesga welcome and outstanding events awaits you!
Website: Aye Write