Here you’ll find events organised by Glasgow Libraries. Check the Noticeboard for community events.

where the dead men goLiam McIlvanney will talk about his new book Where The Dead Men Go. Mitchell Library, Monday 19th August, 6-7pm. Booking information on


City of Gangs web.jpgAndrew Davies: City of Gangs. Wednesday 14th August, 6-7pm. Mitchell Library. Booking information on Aye Write! website.


Refugee Week event: Karen Campbell will explore the reality behind her new novel This is Where I Am with Joe Brady and Wafa Shaheen of Refugee Council Scotland. Mitchell Library. Thursday 20th June, 6pm. Free.


Three Poets, Three Languages of Scotland: English, Scots, Gaelic.Maggie Rabatski, AC Clarke and Sheila Templeton.  Langside Library, Thursday 23rd May, 1pm. Free.


Aye Write! 2013 programme now out – pick up a copy in your local library or check on the website.


Kate Atkinson, Mitchell Theatre, 26th March. Find out more on the Aye Write! website.


Jon Ronson, Mitchell Theatre, 12th March. More details on the Aye Write! website.


Aye Write! logoSave the date: Aye Write! returns 12th-20th April 2013.


**Seasonal Tales round a Victorian Fireside** on 20th December in GoMA Library 2-6:30pm. Watch this space for more details.

Book Week Scotland at Glasgow Libraries 26th Nov – 2nd Dec

The week long programme includes Kirsty Gunn, Charles Jencks, Mairi Hedderwick, Liz Lochhead, Iain M Banks and Ken MacLeod. Full details on Glasgow Libraries’ website.


Gifted: the Edinburgh Book Sculptures on Tour @ The Mitchell 9 – 27 October, Granville Street foyer.

Launch with Liz Lochhead on Tuesday 9th, 6pm – Moir Room.

A tour round the sculptures with Robyn Marsack on Wednesday 10th, 6pm. Meet in the foyer.

Both events free and all welcome.


Anne Fraser writing workshop at Hillhead Library

Thursday 6th October, 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Mills & Boon and Harlequin, the global leader in romance publishing, announce a global English-language writing contest offering aspiring authors the chance to win a publishing contract. So You Think You Can Write will be hosted at and supported by a writing workshop with Anne Fraser. The workshop will offer first hand advice to those wanting to take part.

Books and Bubbly with Freya North 

Ever wondered how to get published, where writers get their ideas from and what makes a bestseller? Find out from Freya North when she comes to the Mitchell to talk about her writing career and her latest book Rumours.Freya North

Wednesday 3rd October, 6 – 7pm, in the Jeffrey Room at The Mitchell.

£8/£7 including a glass of bubbly! Find out more on the Aye Write! website.


Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival at The Festival of Politics in the Scottish Parliament:

Scotland’s Bookshelf – Politics and Society in Scottish Writing Scotland's Bookshelf book jacket

Fri 24 Aug, 6.30-7.30pm

Iain Banks, James Robertson, Louise Welsh and others discuss how Scottish writing has reflected our politics and society over the last century.

Book tickets via Festival of Politics website


National Reading Group Day National Reading Group Day 2012 logo

Saturday 30th June @ The Mitchell, 2-4pm.

2pm: Author Alex Gray will talk about her writing

3pm: Tea                      Photo of Alex Gray

3.15 – 4pm: Scotland’s Bookshelf: what’s on your list?

Free. Register at


Langside Library Talks – every Thursday in May, 1-2pm.

Starting with John Cairney, on 3rd May. Contact Langside Library for full details.


Aye Write! 9-17 March 2012.


*** Now cancelled***  Michael Moore at The Mitchell on Thursday 20th October.

 See details of this and other talks on Glasgow Libraries’ website.



Robert Douglas – Staying on Past the Terminus

Mitchell Theatre, Monday 12th September, 6-7pm

The popular author of Night Song of the Last Tram launches the second in a trilogy of novels set at 18 Dalbeattie Street. It is 1961 and the trams still run on Maryhill Road, but not for much longer. Robert Douglas brings his usual blend of laughter and tears to his new novel and his many fans will not be disappointed.

Price: £5/3. Tickets are available in person from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall or by calling 0141 353 8000. Alternatively, visit Glasgow Libraries website to buy online. Book group members can buy tickets at the concessionary rate – just contact us at the blog.


Janice Galloway – All Made Up

Mitchell Theatre, Thursday 8th  September, 6-7pm

In this sequel to her critically acclaimed memoir, Janice Galloway steers the awkward child introduced in This is Not About Me through her teenage years. Funny, sad and defiantly unsentimental, this is the story of a girl’s path to adulthood and a family’s secrets coming to reluctant light. Come and hear one of Scottish literature’s most charismatic performers read from and discuss her new book.

‘One of our finest contemporary writers’ Sunday Herald

Price: £5/3. Tickets are available in person from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall or by calling 0141 353 8000. Alternatively, visit Glasgow Libraries website to buy online. Book group members can buy tickets at the concessionary rate – just contact us at the blog.


National Reading Group Day

Louise Welsh joined us at the Mitchell on National Reading Group Day and shared her experiences of book groups, as well as answering questions about her writing, her favourite books and why she’d put Janet and John in Room 101.

                    Cutting Room

Here are the brainy bookworms who won the very hard quiz – the prizes were sets of books for their book groups.


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