From Thursday the 10th until Sunday 20th of March 2016 The Mitchell Library in Glasgow plays host to the Aye Write! Festival. In the past the annual event has brought many exciting writers from all over the world to the city, while highlighting local Scottish talent. This year is no different with 10 days of fantastic events, performances and workshops, covering all facets of reading, writing and literature.
Aye Write! begins with a series of exciting events that sets the bar for the remainder of the festival. Poet Luke Wright brings his successful poetry show What I Learned From Johnny Bevan to the Mitchell Library on the 10th March. The event marks the launch of a book which transports the long form spoken word poem to the page. Luke Wright is such an engaging performer of his work that this event will be one to witness live on stage. The show gained rave reviews during it’s successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and is making a welcome return to Scotland.
Performance of a different kind will be a focus of an event on Saturday 12 March. Fife based musician James Yorkston and Colin McIntyre (who performs as Mull Historical Society) will be discussing their new novels and how the art of writing a story, differs from writing a song. McIntrye won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award for his novel The Letters Of Ivor Punch, while Yorkston is following the publication of his tour diaries with a novel called Three Craws. Both musicians will play a few songs so it is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening.
Hollie McNish is a poet, writer and a regular on the spoken word scene throughout the UK. She has one of the most original and appealing voices in contemporary poetry and is appearing in an event to launch her new collection of short stories and poetry called Nobody Told Me. The collection looks at motherhood and raising a child. Hollie has several powerful and moving poems on her YouTube page and if this book can capture even a fraction of this energy, then it will be a fantastic read. Later on Thursday 17 March the poetry will continue with an Aye Write! Introducing event. This strand highlights new authors and here the audience will have the pleasure of seeing Glasgow Poet Laureate Jim Carruth welcome Helen Mort and Rebecca Perry to discuss contemporary poetry in the unique setting of the Mitchell Library. There are several Aye Write! Introduces events throughout the festival and are well worth taking the chance on if you enjoy experiencing new and exciting literary voices.
There are so many fantastic events throughout March it is difficult to list all the brilliant authors and writers who are appearing. But events featuring Chris Brookmyre, Metaphrog, Sinead Morrissey, Steve Orlando and Matt Haig are definitely worth checking out.