TS Eliot Prize poetry readings on tour – 30th Sept at the Mitchell

The T S Eliot Prize for Poetry 20th anniversary tour will visit Glasgow on 30th September.                                                         Eliot prize tour logo sml.JPG

For the first time ever, the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry is going on tour! Every year readings take place at the Festival Hall in London before the winner of the prize is announced. This year is the 20th anniversary of the prize and the Mitchell is delighted to be part of the national tour, with a brilliant lineup of poets:  Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie and Robert Crawford have all previously won or been shortlisted for the prize and will be joined by new poet William Letford to read their work. The TS Eliot Prize is one of the world’s top poetry awards and was set up by the Poetry Book Society in 1993 in memory of its founding poet.

30 September, Mitchell Library 6-7.30pm, £5. Booking details on the Aye Write! website.

In association with Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival and the Scottish Poetry Library           SPL colour logo for pc sml.JPG



Glasgow gangs -fiction and fact

Quite a Glasgow gangs season at the Mitchell in August – Liam McIlvanney’s new novel features rival gangs in the east end

and the week before we have Andrew DaviesCity of Gangs web.jpg

discussing how Glasgow became the “Scottish Chicago”. Find out more at the

Aye Write! website.

Mitchell events May – July

The new Mitchell events card is out now – pick up  a copy in venues around Glasgow or see it on the website.

As well as the regular Mitchell tours and family history courses, there’s a series of talks about Scottish football, to accompany the More Than a Game exhibition currently at Kelvingrove. 1920's football boot for More Than a Game exhibition

And Aye Write! favourite Karen Campbell will be here during Refugee Week, exploring the reality behind her new novel This is Where I Am with Joe Brady and Wafa Shaheen of Refugee Council Scotland. This event is on Thursday 20th June, 6pm, and it’s free.Home

Boswell Book Festival 17-19 May

Are any of you planning to go to the Boswell Book Festival? It takes place this weekend at the impressive Auchinleck House in Ayrshire –  built around 1760 for the Boswell family – and promotes itself as “the world’s only biography festival”.

Boswell Book Festival logo James Naughtie, John Byrne, Artemis Cooper and John Sessions will appear. If you go, do write and share the experience with us at the blog.