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Top 10 Aye Write 2020 Highlights – Bob McDevitt, Programmer

Top 10 Aye Write 2020 Highlights – Bob McDevitt, Programmer

With less than two weeks to go until authors and ticket holders descend on the beautiful Mitchell Library, we sat down with Aye Write’s programmer Bob McDevitt to get his top must-see events at this year’s festival.

  1. Kate Clanchy
    Kate Clanchy – Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me

    My partner is a head teacher and we socialise with teachers a lot, so I have been recommending this thoughtful and provocative book about both the state of our education system and the extraordinary children within it.
    Saturday 14 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  2. Richard Seymour
    Richard Seymour – The Twittering Machine

    I really enjoyed (although I’m not quite sure that’s the correct word!) this book by the acclaimed journalist Richard Seymour. It will give you pause for thought about your own social media use while looking at the global issues surrounding it.
    Saturday 28 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  3. Val McDermid and Jo Sharp – Imagine a Country

    I think this is the book I’m most looking forward to reading after it’s launched at the festival. Val and Jo have approached writers, comedians, musicians, actors and poets and have asked them to reflect on what Scotland could be as a nation in the future – they will be joined at this event by Phil Jupitus, Chris Brookmyre, Louise Welsh, Stuart Cosgrove, Bill Sweeney and Jackie Kay - just a few of the dozens of contributors.
    Tuesday 24 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  4. Brian Bilston
    Brian Bilston – Diary of a Somebody

    If you’re not aware of Brian’s poetry then this novel is a brilliant place to start as we follow ‘Brian’ as he attempts to write a poem every day about everything from the most apparently banal subjects to the big emotional issues in his life. Really funny and heart-breaking in equal measure.
    Saturday 14 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  5. Eleanor Thom
    Eleanor Thom – Private Parts

    This is a brave and timely memoir about living with Endometriosis, a subject that until recently has been misunderstood and under discussed – Eleanor will be in conversation with the Scottish radio presenter and campaigner Katy Johnston and it should be a frank and funny event.
    Friday 20 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  6. Stuart Maconie
    Stuart Maconie – The Nanny State Made Me

    We’ve been trying to get Stuart to come to the festival for years and so I’m very pleased that he’ll be joining us with another book that mixes the personal and political in his inimitable style. This time he’s looking at the Welfare State.
    Wednesday 18 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  7. John Richardson
    John Richardson – Making Movie Magic

    As a big film buff, I can’t wait to meet the first ever Oscar winner to appear at the festival. John’s special effects work has featured in some absolute classics such as The Omen, Aliens and Tommy as well as many of the James Bond and all of the Harry Potter films.
    Sunday 22 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  8. Sally Magnusson
    Sally Magnusson – The Ninth Child

    The latest novel from the popular broadcaster has special relevance for a Glasgow audience as it tells the stories of the men and women who were involved in the construction of the Loch Katrine Waterworks – an astonishing piece of Victorian engineering and a life saver for the people of Glasgow.
    Wednesday 22 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  9. David Lammy
    David Lammy – Tribes

    I've always been a fan of this straight-talking MP and have been impressed by his passion and integrity on a number of issues – this should be a thought-provoking session on the current state of our politics.
    Friday 27 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

  10. Christos Tsiolkas
    Christos Tsiolkas – Damascus

    I was a big fan of The Slap (both the book and the TV adaptation) and am very much looking forward to reading this fascinating sounding religious and historical epic when it is published in March (just in time for the festival).
    Friday 13 March, Mitchell Library - Book now

Aye Write Book Festival runs from 12 – 29 March 2020, explore the full line-up.