Baillieston Library

Charlie Gracie - Belfast to Baillieston

Charlie Gracie - Belfast to Baillieston
Free - ticket required
Dates and times
23rd Nov 2023
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Adult, Over 14s only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

We are delighted to welcome the established poet, novelist and short story writer Charlie Gracie to Baillieston Library.  Charlie Gracie was born and bred in Baillieston and his poetry collections, Good Morning (2010) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020) are published by Diehard Publishing. His novel, To Live With What You Are, partly set in Baillieston, was longlisted for the 2019 Bath Novel Award.

Charlie will be joined by Airdrie poet Peter A, who will share work from Art of Insomnia (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2021), and poems from his upcoming publication.

Belfast to Baillieston is a family and industrial narrative that takes as its core the life of Jimmy Gracie, grandfather of the writer Charlie Gracie. The series of poems and short stories illuminates the harshness and the joys in the lives of this working-class family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on both sides of the North Channel. The book explores how poverty, migration, fortitude and love all mingle to form the wholesome, honourable lives that families like Jimmy Gracie’s create from hardship.

There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Charlie and Peter after the event and to buy books.

To book your free place please email: or phone Baillieston Library: 0141 276 0706

Accessibility guides

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Accessible toilets

Please note: Public toilets are NOT available in this venue. 

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome. We can provide a bowl of water for an assistance dog. 

Wheelchair access


The venue does have its own car park.

The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

Photography and video recording

On occasion, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.

Study spaces

Free wifi

Location Map

Glasgow Life offers Adult Learning programmes, activities and support services in a number of libraries across the city.

For more information about Digital Learning provision, English Language courses or support with Reading, Writing or Numbers, please visit the Learning Opportunities page. 

Baillieston Community Hub at James Lindsay Memorial Park.

A new community hub including a library, gym, dance studios and community spaces.

Come along to Baillieston Library to see the plans, ask questions and find out more at the following staffed information sessions:

  • Thursday 21 December 2023 11am-7pm
  • Thursday 18 January 2024 4pm-7pm
  • Saturday 20 January 2024 10am-2pm

If you can’t attend any of these sessions, the plans will be displayed in Baillieston Library until 31 January 2024.

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