Byres Roadbook Festival
Christopher Brookmyre and Lin Anderson are among the guest authors
Scottish authors Christopher Brookmyre, George Paterson and Lin Anderson are on the program of the Byres Road Book Festival (Friday 23 September to Monday 26 September).
The Literary Gathering returns to the West End after a five-year hiatus, with an exceptional offer of events and activities for all ages and tastes.
The festival will include sessions with top Scottish authors talking about their new work and writers starting their careers with great promise.
Graeme Macrae Burnet, nominated for the second time for the Booker Prize for Case studieswill join us to discuss his work in development.
Lin Anderson will talk about her most recent novel, The party houseset in the atmospheric Scottish Highlands, as well as its series starring Dr Rhona MacLeod.
The Literary Gathering returns to the West End after a five-year hiatus
Lin said, “I’m thrilled to have the Byres Road Book Festival back and appear there again.”
Jenny Colgan is a reader favorite and her latest novel, An island weddingdeftly blends a romantic comedy script with a deeper consideration of refugees and belonging.
Kerry Hudson was nominated for the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year award for her book Lowbornwho investigates his own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today.
Brookmyre’s New Novel, The cliff housecontinues his reputation as a witty and psychologically acute novelist, and Paterson was nominated for the Best First Novel award at Bloody Scotland for The Girl, the Raven, the Writer and the Fighter.
There is a strong Gaelic component to the festival, with sessions for adults and children. Morag Law’s latest novel A’ Fàgail an Eilein (Leaving the Island) is a compelling coming-of-age novel, set on Skye in the 1960s.
Poet Niall O’Gallagher has been described as “an exciting new voice (this time mostly urban)” and in 2019 he was named Bard Baile Ghlaschu, Glasgow’s first Gaelic Poet Laureate. Norry Wilson from Lost Glasgow will bring the past to life with an illustrated talk on Glasgow’s rich history.
On Monday, September 26, the focus is on families and young adults. Mandy Sinclair will lead a workshop focused on illustration, and Alistair Chisholm will share his award-winning science fiction and picture books with young readers.
For young adults, Craig Steele will reveal the secrets of Ultimate Gamer: Career Mode; join Craig for an interactive and entertaining discussion on how you can turn your gaming hobby into a job.
Chris Brookmyre will present his new novel, The Cliff House
Byres Road features a trio of book-based venues – Hillhead Library, Waterstones and Oxfam Books – which formed a hub of activity during the festival in 2016 and 2017, and will again host a variety of presentations, conversations and discussions.
But the festival is also expanding its network with a session for children by Gillbride MacMillan held in the Gaelic Books Council bookstore in Mansfield Street.
Alison Lang of the Gaelic Books Council said: “The Gaelic Books Council is proud to support the Byres Road Book Festival.
I am delighted to have the Byres Road Book Festival back and to be featured there again.
“The West End has been home to Glasgow’s Gaelic community for many years, and it’s fitting that we celebrate new Gaelic stories and poetry as part of Glasgow’s vibrant literary scene.”
The organizers are the Byres Road & Lanes Business Improvement District, which markets local businesses and advocates for better services and improvements.
John Turner, Chairman of Byres Road and the Lanes Business Improvement District, which is co-ordinating the event, said: “I am an avid reader and have just finished reading a novel by Scottish queen of crime, Val McDermid, in which the young assassin the victim lived on Havelock Street and worked in a barbershop on Byres Road.
Hillhead Library, Waterstones and Oxfam Books will host the events
“The case revolved around whether she took the A Clockwork Orange into town on the night in question, or the #16 bus.
“So it should come as no surprise to find Byres Road at the heart of everything literary.
“We look forward to the renewed Book Festival, with its range of events and activities planned for bookworms of all ages.”