Christopher Brookmyre and Lucy Ribchester Unveil
Full Programme as Tickets Go On Sale for 10th Aye Write! Glasgow’s
Brookmyre, who has appeared at Aye Write! more than any other author and debut
novelist Lucy Ribchester, who will appear at the festival for the first time
this year, have unveiled the full Aye Write! 2015 line up. They will join more than 100 renowned authors and speakers as the festival celebrates its tenth year. Aye Write! organisers have
programmed their most eclectic line-up yet, scheduling a rich array of events,
talks and debates at the Mitchell
Library from 17th – 25th April. Tickets for Aye Write!, Glasgow’s premier
book festival, go on sale on Saturday 21 March.
said: “I was surprised to learn I’m the author
who has appeared at most Aye Write! festivals. I was even more surprised to learn that
they’re not completely sick of me, so I’ll be bringing down the tone with my
presence yet again. I’m looking forward to revisiting old shames, recalling
audience walk-outs and generally lowering the bar so that the fantastic line-up
of my fellow Scottish authors can raise it again.”
Lucy Ribchester said:
I’m thrilled to be taking part in the 10th
anniversary of Aye Write and especially excited that the Glasgow Women’s
Library are supporting and chairing the event I’m doing with the fabulous
Kirsty Logan. I can’t wait to get stuck in to the programme and am looking
forward to hearing some mighty fine Scottish authors.”
Festival Programmer, said: “I am very excited
about bringing so many renowned authors and speakers to Glasgow. By sharing their works with avid fans and new
audiences I hope the festival will raise the profile of reading in
Glasgow. I’m also delighted that we
continue to provide a platform for showcasing the best of Scottish writing by
supporting emerging Scottish authors at Aye Write!”.
Chair of Glasgow
Life, Councillor Archie Graham, added: “Aye Write! celebrates the written word, it encourages debate and often
challenges established ways of thinking.
I am very excited by this year’s programme, which is set to deliver events
by literary heroes and award-winning authors, ensuring the finest, most popular
Scottish, National and International authors come to Glasgow.”
The festival will launch with a unique
event to celebrate its tenth birthday. There’s Only One Aye Write will bring
together many prize-winning authors and famous faces who have all graced the
Aye Write! stage during the last decade.
Reflecting on the festival’s impact, amid songs, stories and laughter
will be Christopher Brookmyre, Denise
Mina, Alan Bissett and Louise Welsh alongside
Glasgow’s Poet Laureate Jim Carruth and
singer-songwriter Carol Laula.
Glasgow will then welcome a host of strong,
inspirational women, including Jane Hawking,
who will discuss her compelling memoir in which she relates the inside story of
her extraordinary marriage to Professor Stephen Hawking. Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne
Frank, is certain to captivate audiences with her memoir After Auschwitz. Published
to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, her book
is a searingly honest account of how an ordinary person survived the
Holocaust. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
will invite guests on a journey that takes a fresh, invigorating look on what
‘Englishness’ really means, while one of the country’s foremost authorities on
Islamic custom, Mona Siddiqui will
continue to probe crucial issues of faith and identity within society at large
through her new book My Way: A Muslim
Woman’s Journey. Palestinian doctor Ghada Karmi will make her Aye Write!
debut appearing to discuss her memoir Return.
through the programme this year. Current
editor of GQ, Dylan Jones, will
excite and delight Doors fans with
little-known anecdotes about Jim Morrison from fellow stars, spurned lovers and
industry moguls. Later that day one of
the UK’s leading music journalists Mark Ellen
one of the UK’s leading music journalists Mark Ellen will provide a rare
insight into the glamorous and preposterous world of rock and roll’. The festival’s diverse range of music-related
events include Edith Bowman, Tracey
Thorn and Zoe Howe with her new
book Barbed Wire Kisses, a fierce,
frank and funny story of the musically and culturally unique band Jesus and the Mary Chain. There will be three events to launch Dear
Green Sounds, the UNESCO Glasgow City of Music book, including The Lost Jewel of Glasgow Music, which
tells the story of Glasgow’s legendary concert hall, St Andrew’s Hall.
Bob Shepton, an ordained minister in his 70’s who spends his time sailing into the
Arctic, Tessa Dunlop, whose book
gives fifteen surviving Bletchley veterans the opportunity to tell the story in
their own words and Jamie Stuart,
the energetic Glaswegian now in his tenth decade, provide a refreshing,
motivating look at incredible older people and their achievements.
Comedians Karen Dunbar, Kevin
Bridges and Hardeep Singh Kohli, together
with journalist and broadcasters John Mackay and Kirsty Wark, comic book genius Mark Millar and enduringly popular singer Barbara Dickson will all host individual events discussing the
books that have been most influential in their lives.
Two young Scottish writers Lucy Ribchester and Kirsty Logan will
be among a host of authors making their Aye Write! debut this year. Lucy was born in Edinburgh and studied
English at the University of St Andrews and Shakespearean Studies at Kings
College London. In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award
for the opening chapters of The Hourglass Factory.
The festival’s diverse range of speakers also includes Bill Oddie, Jackie Kay, Omid Djalili, Tony
Hawks, Michelle Mone and many more.
The full programme is available at www.ayewrite.com, where tickets
can be purchased from Saturday 21 March.
Tickets are also
available by calling 0141 353 8000, or in person at the Mitchell Library in
Glasgow. All Aye Write events will take place in the iconic Mitchell
Library, one of Europe’s largest public