This is my time to get excited! The first festival on my radar has just announced its 2019 line up and boy oh boy is it a good one! There is something for everyone and a link to the programme is included in this post. As my bag is crime fiction I also will give a round-up of all the crime events taking place with links to tickets.
The event takes place between the 14th and 31st March with events during the day, in the evening and at weekends!
Aye Write! is Glasgow’s Book Festival, founded in 2005 and since 2007 has been an annual fixture on Glasgow’s culture calendar. The festival takes place in the beautiful Mitchel Library, one of Europe’s largest public libraries.
Celebrating the best in national, international and local writing, Aye Write! annually brings national and local speakers to Glasgow’s iconic Mitchell Library, allowing audiences to enjoy appearances from big name writers and emerging talent alike.
The Aye Write! programme comprises a wide range of ticketed author events for adults and children, but also extends to a schools festival, and a variety of free community and family events.
While you all know that I am a crime fiction lover, Aye Write is a generic festival and really does have something for everyone! Whether it is sport, health or having a go at writing yourself, you really will be spoiled by this festival! Check the link below for the programme and then keep reading for an overview of this year’s crime specials at the event!
For full festival line up check out this link: Aye Write 2019
For the crime lovers amongst you sit right back and check out what awaits you this year!
James Oswald, Neil Broadfoot & M.R Mackenzie
14th Mar 2019 • 6:00PM – 7:00PM • Mitchell Library
A Central Belt in the Mouth
With crime novels set in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh, these three writers are packing a punch with their latest work.
James Oswald’s Cold as the Grave is the ninth book in the Inspector McLean series which opens with a mummified body hidden in a basement room.
Neil Broadfoot’s No Man’s Land introduces the rough and ready Connor Fraser as he deals with a mutilated body dumped in the heart of historic Stirling.
Glasgow librarian M.R Mackenzie’s debut, In the Silence, follows Anna, a criminology lecturer who finds herself as the star witness at the centre of a murder investigation
Jonathan Freedland (writing as Sam Bourne)
15th Mar 2019 • 7:45PM – 8:45PM • Mitchell Theatre
To Kill the Truth
Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland. His first novel, The Righteous Men was a number one best-seller.
He returns with the taut, authoritative and explosive To Kill the Truth in which someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history’s greatest crimes.
As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War and take us to the edge of anarchy and a world in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it.
16th Mar 2019 • 6:30PM – 7:30PM • Mitchell Library
The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met.
They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.
What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but ‘Jack the Ripper’, the character created by the press to fill that gap, has become far more famous than any of these five women.
Historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight in her extraordinary new book.
17th Mar 2019 • 1:15PM – 2:15PM • Mitchell Library
A Life of John Buchan
John Buchan’s name is known across the world for The Thirty-Nine Steps.
In the past 100 years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s version.
Yet there was more to him. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda and a member of parliament.
Ursula Buchan, his granddaughter, has drawn on recently discovered family documents to write this comprehensive and illuminating biography of a remarkable man and his times.
Anna Mazzola, Douglas Skelton & C.L Taylor
17th Mar 2019 • 8:00PM – 9:00PM • Mitchell Library
These Bloody Islands
Three Scottish islands provide the setting for these spell-binding crime novels.
Anna Mazzola’s The Story Keeper is set on the Isle of Skye in 1857 where the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and a community riven by fear.
In Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay, Roddie Drummond’s return to the fictional island of Stoirm causes a sensation as fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover.
C.L. Taylor’s Sleep sees insomniac Anna takes a job at a hotel onRum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat turns into a deadly nightmare.
Alex Gray & Ann Cleeves
22nd Mar 2019 • 6:00PM – 7:00PM • Mitchell Theatre
Catching Up with Lorimer & Perez
A very warm welcome back to two of our favourite crime writers discussing their latest novels.
Alex Grey’s The Stalker is a twisty, heart-stopping crime novel. When Detective Superintendent William Lorimer’s wife, Maggie, publishes her first book, he is thrilled for her. But joy soon turns to fear when a mysterious stranger starts following Maggie on her publicity tour.
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves has Shetland detective Jimmy Perez called in to investigate the hanging of a young nanny and rumours of her affair with her employer.
Craig Russell & E.S. Thomson
22nd Mar 2019 • 7:45PM – 8:45PM • Mitchell Library
Aspects of Gothic
The Devil Aspect is best-seller Craig Russell’s masterpiece.
1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics – the so-called ‘Devil’s Six’ – are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets.
E.S. Thomson’s latest book, Surgeons’ Hall: A Jem Flockhart Mystery, divides its time between Victorian Edinburgh and London in a macabre world of mortuaries, anatomy lessons, harvested organs and a bloody pact of silence.
The Return of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers
22nd Mar 2019 • 9:00PM – 11:00PM • Mitchell Library
Back due to popular demand: Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste
Back due to popular demand: Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste AKA The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers with their unique brand of rock and roll.
Their set features some new murderous ballads, grisly grooves and bloodthirsty beats to add to their criminal repertoire.
Like Hendrix at Woodstock, The Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall or Oasis at King Tut’s – you want to be able to say ‘I was there…’
SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND
23rd Mar 2019 • 1:15PM – 2:15PM • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time.
Unearthed with someone’s long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems.
Broken Ground is Val McDermid aka the Queen of Scottish Crime Writing writing at the very top of her game.
Louise Candlish & Lisa Ballantyne
23rd Mar 2019 • 3:00PM – 4:00PM • Mitchell Library
Secrets and Liars
On a bright morning in the suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house. And you didn’t sell it. Our House by Louise Candlish takes a great premise and waves it into a fresh, fun and engrossing novel.
While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him. Lisa Ballantyne’s Little Liar illustrates the fine line between guilt and innocence, and shows that everyone has their secrets…
Antti Tuomainen & Lilja Sigurdardottir
23rd Mar 2019 • 4:45PM – 5:45PM • Mitchell Library
Delicious Nordic Noir
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot, and intriguing characters, Lilja Sigurdardottir’s Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Antti Tuomainen’s Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.
Luca Veste Introduces… B.P Walter & G.R Halliday
23rd Mar 2019 • 8:00PM – 9:00PM • Mitchell Library
Aye Write Introduces
Luca Veste of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast introduces two page-turning crime debuts. In B.P Walter’s A Version of the Truth a devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over 25 years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?
G. R Halliday’s From the Shadows is a stunning, atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.
23rd Mar 2019 • 8:00PM – 9:00PM • Mitchell Theatre
Mad Blood Stirring
Simon Mayo has been one of our most popular radio broadcasters for over 30 years and is one half of the most trusted film reviewing duo around, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review.
He is now enjoying a new career as a best-selling novelist. Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation.
It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering, and how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.
Shaun Bythell introduces… Daisy Johnson and Alan Trotter
24th Mar 2019 • 6:30PM – 7:30PM • Mitchell Library
Part of the Aye Write introduces series
Shaun Bythell, owner of the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland and author of Diary of a Bookseller introduces these two extraordinary debuts.
Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, the novel is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that saw Daisy shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2018.
Drunk on cinematic and literary influence, Alan Trotter’s Muscle is a slice of noir fiction in collapse, a ceaselessly imaginative story of violence, boredom and madness.
Luke Jennings and Helen Fitzgerald
24th Mar 2019 • 8:00PM – 9:00PM • Mitchell Library
As (Crime) Scene on TV
As the authors of Killing Eve and The Cry, Luke Jennings and Helen Fitzgerald have seen their novels turned into must-see television.
In No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings the duel between Villanelle and Eve Polastri intensifies, as does their mutual obsession, and when the action moves from the high passes of the Tyrol to the heart of Russia, Eve finally begins to unwrap the enigma of her adversary’s true identity.
Helen Fitzgerald’s latest book Worst Case Scenario is a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book – a heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour.
30th Mar 2019 • 4:45PM – 5:45PM • Mitchell Library
In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law
Sarah Langford is a barrister who represents the bad, the vulnerable, the heartbroken and the hopeful. She must become their voice: weave their story around the law and tell it to the courtroom.
With remarkable candour, Sarah describes eleven cases which reveal what goes on in our criminal and family courts. She examines how she feels as she defends the person standing in the dock. She tells compelling stories that are sometimes shocking and often heart-stopping. She shows us how our attitudes and actions can shape not only the outcome of a case, but the legal system itself.
Professor David Wilson
30th Mar 2019 • 6:30PM – 7:30PM • Mitchell Library
My Life with Murderers: Behind Bars with the World’s Most Violent Men
Professor David Wilson has spent his professional life working with violent men – in particular men who have committed murder. Aged 29 he became the UK’s youngest ever prison Governor in charge of a jail, and his career since then has seen him sat across a table from all sorts of killers. Some of these men became David’s friends; others would still love to kill him.
My Life with Murderers tells the story of David’s journey from idealistic prison governor to expert criminologist and professor. With experience unlike any other, David’s story is a fascinating and compelling study of human nature.
Aye write presents Chris Brookmyre
23rd Apr 2019 • 8:00PM – 9:00PM • Mitchell Library
The popular author launches his brand new book, Fallen Angel
Chris Brookmyre launches his brand new book, Fallen Angel.
To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions.
Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible.
Aye Write presents Denise Mina
22nd May 2019 • 6:30PM – 7:30PM • Mitchell Library
The award-winning crime writer intoduces the first novel in a new Glasgow series
Award-winning crime writer Denise Mina’s first novel in a brand new Glasgow set series, starring a strong female protagonist who is obsessed by true crime podcasts, has us very excited indeed.
In Conviction, Anna McDonald’s husband has left her for her best friend, taking her two daughters with them. Left alone in the big, dark house, Anna distracts herself with a story: a true-crime podcast featuring multiple murders and a hint of power and corruption.
But little does she know, her past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall.
So, go on tell me there is nothing there that tickles your fancy! My countdown is already on! Let me know if you are heading along to any of the events, I’d love to say hi!
Full Aye Write Programme is here