See Saraband authors at Glasgow’s Aye Write! Festival

Posted on January 25, 2018

This year’s Aye Write!, Glasgow’s annual literary festival, which runs from 15-25 March, promises an amazing line-up with more venues than ever before.

And four of Saraband’s wonderful authors will be there talking about their work. So, diaries at the ready:

Writing History Fiction with Mandy Haggith. Mitchell Library, 17 March, 12pm. 

Award-winning prose, poetry and fiction author Mandy Haggith’s new novel, The Walrus Mutterer, is set in Iron Age Northern Britain and perfectly recreates the prehistoric world. This masterclass explores methods for creating compelling historical fiction. Aimed at all levels of ability. Buy tickets.

Glasgow Criminal Beginnings with Claire MacLeary, Angus McAllister and Owen Mullen. Mitchell Library, 21 March, 7.45pm.

Three crime writers who started out life in Glasgow, but haven’t always chosen to set their work in the city, come together to discuss the influence Glasgow has had on their books. Owen Mullen’s debut novel Games People Play was long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize and his latest And So It Began was a Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick. Claire MacLeary’s Burnout is the sequel to her debut, Cross Purpose, which was also long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize. Angus McAllister’s Close Quarters satirises the traditional and sentimental view of Glasgow’s tenement life and has been a huge success. Buy tickets.

Captivating Immersive Fiction with Ever Dundas, Kirsty Logan and Louise Welsh. Mitchell Library, 21 March, 7.45pm.

Three novelists who are particularly adept a transporting the reader to magical and sometimes frightening worlds come together for what promises to be a wonderful story-telling session. Louise Welsh has recently completed her Plague Times Trilogy with the heart-breaking and evocative No Dominion. Ever Dundas won the Saltire First Book of the Year for Goblin, a beautifully written fable set between WW2 and the present day. Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a gorgeous tale of love and grief, and the gap between fairy tales and real life. Buy tickets.

The Accident on the A35 with Graeme Macrae Burnet. Mitchell Library, 25 March, 3pm.

There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: where has the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, been on the night of his death? The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis. Graeme Macrae Burnet returns with a literary mystery that will beguile fans of The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau as well as the Man Booker shortlisted His Bloody Project. A darkly humorous and sophisticated novel which explores the forgotten corners of small-town life. Buy tickets.