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Louise Welsh and Sarah Smith - Evocative Glasgow Thrillers

Louise Welsh and Sarah Smith - Evocative Glasgow Thrillers

Louise Welsh and Sarah Smith - Evocative Glasgow Thrillers

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£11 (£10 Ticket charge plus 10% booking fee)
Adult, Over 14s only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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Dates and times

Saturday 14 May 2022
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Two beautifully written thrillers feature at this session.

Thrilling and atmospheric, Louise Welsh’s The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.

Auctioneer Rilke has been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable. Business has been slow at Bowery Auctions, so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, life seems to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead. Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs - is that the reason the police won't investigate? And if Rilke doesn't find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

Based on a landmark case in Scottish legal history, Sarah Smith’s Hear No Evil is a richly atmospheric exploration of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and Glasgow at a time when progress was only on the horizon. A time that for some who were silenced could mean paying the greatest price.

In Glasgow in 1817 Jean Campbell - a young, Deaf woman - is witnessed throwing a child into the River Clyde from the Old Bridge. No evidence is yielded from the river. Unable to communicate with their silent prisoner, the authorities move Jean to the decaying Edinburgh Tolbooth in order to prise the story from her. The High Court calls in Robert Kinniburgh, a talented teacher from the Deaf & Dumb Institution, in the hope that he will interpret for them and determine if Jean is fit for trial. If found guilty she faces one of two fates; death by hanging or incarceration in an insane asylum.

There will be a BSL interpreter in attendance.

Photo Credit © Julie Broadfoot

Venue Map

Venue

Mitchell Library

North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN