Thursday, 30 September 2010

Lit Glasgow

So much happening in Glasgow that it glows with literary events almost every day. We are so lucky to have access to such a rich variety of events.

Reading the Leaves, Friday 1st October, Tchai Ovna, Glasgow. 8pm

MHAFF Oct 2nd 1-9 pm and OCT 3rd 1- 3 pm at the CCA, including Bernard Maclaverty. Many more films and plays eg: 'Four Plays' Readings 'Life.'

Strathkelvin Writers' Group meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the hall of St James the Less Episcopal Church, Hilton Road, Bishopbriggs.

'40 Plays for the price of one' at Oran Mor in the 'A Play, A pie and A pint' season at 1 pm, Monday 4th oct. :

National Poetry Day 7th October has events all over the city. The Federation of Writer's (Scotland) has a top event at GOMA don't miss it.Check out their website

Weegie Wednesday 0ct 13th Universal Bar 7.30 pm. Too good to miss.

I often find that there is so much going on that maybe we all need reminders. So here's my proposal. I'll update every fortnight the events that I am aware of in Glasgow. If you know of any others do FB me or email me and I can add them to my fortnighly list.

Saturday, 18 September 2010


September is almost away and I have neglected my blog. Too busy with life and struggling a bit with an eye problem that has restricted my reading and writing.If it is a chronic condition like it seems to be,then I need to refocus and get on with it and structure my activities accordingly. Great authors like Sue Townsend still continue to write like the Adrian Mole Series even with such a great disability as failing vision. At least my vision is fine so I should stop moaning and get on with life.
Exciting news is of course that I won some National Book tokens and I veer between wanting to buy the latest Booker prize authors or classics that I meant to read. I am still dithering about what books to buy. The next class I 'll be attending is on World Literature- The Nobel Prize Winners so I will be buying copies of the reading list first. These following authors have been suggested. Le Clesio, Doris Lessing, V.S. Naipaul( 'The man who loves to wound civilisation' a quote I always remember of him) and poet Szymborska.The course starts in January so plenty of time to read and re-read the great works.Sometimes an easy read is the perfect choice for me, so I delved into Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' and enjoyed it.
Milngavie Festival was held this month. It was a really enjoyable week of bookish and arty events in my local town. I met a lot of new and some famous writers. I recommend a single 'book day' in every village and town. The local schools were involved and the pleasure it gave the young ones was quite clear. For the last 4 years Edinburgh as Unesco's A City of Literature runs special projects on reading and gives away books to school children. A wonderful idea that I wish every country could afford to do.

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