This October, there are so many great literary happenings on, that the month should be renamed Booktober and have done with it. In Glasgow, as well as regular literary performance evening Seeds of Thought at the CCA, and Sunday afternoon literary love-in, Words Per Minute at The Arches, there are quite a few one-off events including a Storytelling Slam in Mono, organised by Ankur Arts.
There are also several authors appearing at Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival including Jackie Kay and Laura Marney. There are also loads of events taking place at venues across Glasgow for Glasgow Poetry Week as part of celebrations for National Poetry Day on October 6th; Poetry @ The Ivory are honouring Black History Month with Kokumo Rocks and Tawona Sithole on the 12th
Over in Edinburgh, the Portobello Book Festival kicks off this weekend with events for all ages, from Bookbug sessions to Booker Prize judges. Then the following week West Port Book Festival has a great programme of free events including a WWII-themed Tea Dance.
If a bit of yarn-spinning is what you’re after, storytelling and comedy night Electric Tales is not to be missed, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre is holding their Scottish International Storytelling Festival, full of fantastic events in a cosy setting (which serves great coffee).
If in between that whirlwind of nights out however, you fancy a quiet night in with a good read, Book Talk, the new online group from Scottish Book Trust, has just launched with a great literary discussion podcast on The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai (get yourself a copy and join in, features and chat on Twitter!) There have even been some unexpected Easter eggs from the author! Book Talk also play the most spectacularly silly, literary twitter game every Friday.
To join in with Book Talk and get the latest books news and tweets follow @BookTalk_SBT.