Aye Write! Festival is back for 2019 with a jam-packed line up of talks, Q&A’s and readings.

Here are nine things you need to know about Glasgow’s biggest Book Festival which kicks off Thursday!

  1. This year there are over 250 authors attending the festival including Gina Miller, who challenged the UK government over their authority to trigger Article 50, Radio presenter Simon Mayo and Lionel Shriver, author of the Orange prize-winning book We Need to Talk about Kevin.
  2. Over 180 events will be taking place across three weekends, so there is sure to be something for everyone, from illustrated talks, to poetry sessions, check out Aye Write’s full calendar here.
  3. This year the Costa Book Prize winner J.O. Morgan, who lives on the Scottish Borders, will be attending. You can see him at the Mitchell Library March 30th at 1.15pm.
  4. Aye Write! Introduces is also back this year bringing you new and inspiring authors and poets from Glasgow and beyond. Catch poets Phoebe Power and Richard Scott at the Mitchell Library March 22nd to hear their work looking at folk culture in central Europe and intimate depictions of love.
  5. Topics under discussion this year are not short of controversy, including Brexit, Donald Trump’s America, the challenges still facing women in society.

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  6. All the events will be taking place at Mitchell Library, or Glasgow Royal Concert Hall so all within easy reach of the city centre.
  7. A community ticketing scheme is in place again this year meaning those who may not otherwise be able to attend can get a spot. For more information on buying tickets see here.
  8. Popular BBC presenter Louise Minchin will be at the Mitchell Theatre March 15th to discuss her book Dare to Tri, documenting her journey from the Breakfast sofa to becoming a Great Britain Triathlete.
  9. The Books That Made Me, another popular feature of the Festival, is back and better than ever for 2019. Hear authors and well-known faces discuss the books most important to them. Neil Oliver, archaeologist and BBC presenter, will be at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall March 16th discussing the books that shaped him.

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