Aye Write! and Wee Write! programmes launched
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Aye Write! and Wee Write! programmes launched

​Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival and Wee Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival for Children & Young people return for 2017 with an enormous line-up of authors, poets, writers and books. This year, Aye Write! will be staged across three venues while Wee Write! has two family days either side of a packed week of events designed especially for schools.
Aye Write! starts on March 9 and runs until March 19. Wee Write! Family Days are on Feb 25 and March 4. This year Aye Write! will return to its base at the Mitchell with more events scheduled for the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and, for the first time, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. Session times have been adjusted to allow people to make their way between venues.
You can find full details of the entire programme and information on how to book tickets at www.ayewrite.com  or you can book tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 or in person at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls and Tramway. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday January 27.
Details of the Aye Write! community ticketing initiative will be released in the next few weeks providing a pathway for people who have never been to Aye Write! or a book festival to take part.
Among the appearances are Ian Rankin who is marking 30 years of John Rebus, former Doctor Who and All Creatures Great and Small star Peter Davison, The Books that Made Me returns and features John Byrne, Elaine C. Smith, Sanjeev Kohli and Sally Magnusson, politicians Vince Cable, Alan Johnson, Catherine Mayer, Chris Mullen and Roy Hattersley discuss their latest books and David Hayman performs plays by Chris Dolan.
There’s a unique gathering when Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay is joined by former Makar Liz Lochead and Glasgow’s Makar Jim Carruth. Also appearing are Jenni Murray, The Reverend Richard Coles, Matthew Parris, Joanna Trollope, Miranda Sawyer, MC Beaton, Val McDermid, AL Kennedy, Denise Mina and the BBC’s Frank Gardner.
Just after the festival, Aye Write! welcomes back Jo Nesbo and Christopher Brookmyre with their respective new novels. “Aye Write! Introduces” and “Aye Con!” return and there is a music strand for 2017 called “Aye Tunes!” featuring Roddy Woomble of Idlewild, Mike Heron of The Incredible Sting Band, Brix Smith Start of The Fall and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, among others.
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “Aye Write! and Wee Write! have grown beyond their roots to become festivals that bring talent to the city all year round. With more than 200 authors and writers making up their main programmes this year, it shows more clearly than ever before just how much they have come to be anticipated and the important role they play in attracting people to Glasgow Libraries. Aye Write! and Wee Write! have something that will appeal to most tastes and will be full of unforgettable moments.”
Aye Write! programmer Bob McDevitt said: “Once again it has been a real privilege to work on the Aye Write! programme for 2017. Touring around publishers this year I was struck by the many and varied ways that writers were responding to the political developments, scientific discoveries and big questions that have filled the headlines in the past year. Whether it’s the state of the NHS, the consequences of the Brexit vote, the ever increasing erosion of our privacy or the experience of migrant peoples there were excellent books being written. The programme this year features novels about radicalisation and migration, Queer history and feminism in comics, investigations of surveillance and post-truth political campaigns, memoirs from a star-gazing bricklayer, an ambulance driver and a woman who didn’t spend any money for a year. “
Wee Write! Family Days feature “The Glasgow Gruffalo” with Elaine C. Smith, a celebration of the Harry Potter novels, the latest adventure with Chae Strathie and shows by the Clydebuilt Theatre Trust. Google’s Digital Garage and the Glasgow Science Centre will also run interactive sessions throughout both days.
Aye Write! starts on Thursday March 9 when Home Ground: New Writing Inspired By The 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow is launched. Thousands of copies of the book are being given away around the city and on-line during Aye Write! so look out for your copy.
Also on March 9, football journalist Graham Hunter interviews former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish in a live version of his popular podcast. Radio 4 presenter and former Communard The Rev. Richard Coles also appears with his new book while the former British Army Commander in Chief General The Lord Richard Dannatt discusses how the army has adapted in 70 years since the end of World War 2.
On Friday March 10 artist and writer John Byrne is at Aye Write! in the first of this years “The Books that Made Me”. Former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway offers “A little History of Religion” that night. Political sketch writer Matthew Parris offers some of history’s greatest insults and crime writers Ann Cleeves and Lin Anderson will discuss the Darkness of Orkney and Shetland.
As the first weekend of Aye Write! gets underway we are joined by Joanna Trollope, Peter Davison, the Makars and Flora Shedden of Great British Bake Off. A little over a year after his death, there are also explorations of David Bowie’s career with arts commentator Paul Morley and his drummer on four of his greatest albums, Woody Woodmansey.
The Mitchell Library welcomes MC Beaton, creator of Hamish Macbeth, on Sunday March 12 to discuss the character’s 32nd mystery. Sanjeev Kohli is the subject of “The Book that Made Me” while Vince Cable brings his follow up to The Storm which looked at the causes of the 2008 economic crash. Denise Mina returns with her new book based on Peter Manuel and AL Kennedy also returns. Celtic’s European Cup win of 1967 is also remembered ahead of its 50th anniversary.
Roy Hattersley joins us on Wednesday 15 March with his new book on Catholicism. The following evening BBC sports presenter Mark Chapman explains why every part of his life is influenced by his love for sport. Chris Leslie also returns to Aye Write! on Thursday with a look at how Glasgow has changed over the last few decades.
Elaine C. Smith tells us about her favourite books on Friday March 17 and former immigration judge James Hanratty lifts the lid on our courtrooms and the realities of the immigration crisis.  Tim Burgess from The Charlatans is also at Aye Write! that day with his book about records and the shops and people that sell them.
Aye Write! heads into its second weekend on Saturday March 18 with the welcome return of Mark Billingham to the festival. The BBC’s Frank Gardiner brings his first novel to Aye Write! and there’s an appearance from Brix Smith Start, one time member of The Fall. Radio 4’s Jenni Murray also joins us with her book “A History of Britain in 21 women”. Aye Write! will also be welcoming back Val McDermid, one of Scotland’s most celebrated writers on March 17.
The following day Sally Magnusson is the last of our subjects telling us about “The Books that made me”. We’ll be joined by Susan Calman and Martin Sixsmith among others before Aye Write! closes the covers on the 2017 festival with The Great Scottish Books Quiz.
However there still more coming to Glasgow as part of Aye Write! In April Jo Nesbo brings his latest Harry Hole novel and Chris Brookmyre unveils his latest book too.
You can find full details of the entire programme and information of how to book tickets at www.ayewrite.com
Boots on the Ground with General The Lord Richard Dannatt is sponsored by Turcan Connell. The Makars – Jackie Kay, Liz Lochead and Jim Carruth is supported by the Andrew Tannahill Fund at the University of Glasgow. Chris Leslie – Disappearing Glasgow is sponsored by The Open University Scotland. Elaine C Smith – The Books that Made Me is sponsored by Macmillan @Glasgow Libraries. The Great Scottish Books Quiz is sponsored by Publishing Scotland.
Aye Write! is supported by Creative Scotland and receives sponsorship from Waterstones, Turcan Connell, The Open University and Macmillan Cancer Support.
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