Have you decided to
attend a writing festival this year? Elaine Roberts brings us another in her
series on Festivals and Workshops this month travelling north of the border to
Glasgow to talk with event programmer Bob McDevitt about Aye Write!

Welcome Bob, can you tell us something about your festival, how it came about
and how long it’s been running?

This is the twelfth year of Aye Write. It came about
as an initiative from Glasgow Libraries who felt

Bob McDevitt

that a large cultural city
like Glasgow should have its own book festival. We have over 250 authors
attending and welcome close to 20,000 visitors each year. The festival features
everything from debut authors to best-selling household names and has sessions
on fiction and poetry as well as non-fiction areas such as politics, music,
sport, science, history and memoir.

Who are your main
speakers this year?
Peter Davison, Joanna Trollope, Alan Johnson, Vince
Cable, AL Kennedy, Jackie Kay, John Byrne, Val McDermid, Jo Nesbo, Miranda
Sawyer, The Rev Richard Coles, Richard Dannatt.
As our blog is for
writers can you tell me how your festival would benefit our members?
We run a series of creative writing events across the
festival (about 20 session in all) covering a wide range of skills from writing
dialogue and creating character to writing humorous and historical novels.
These are delivered by tutors from Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities as
well as published authors.
Is there anything to
enter, if so could details be provided?
We don’t have any prizes or competitions I’m afraid, but
we do close the festival with The Great Scottish Books Quiz.
How about staying over
for the whole event. Where can people stay?
Glasgow is a big city with many Hotel, B&B and
Airbnb options.
What does it cost to
We have lots of free events and the ticketed sessions
start at £6 (up to £12). The Creative Writing

sessions are £15 but last from

Do workshops/talks fill
up quickly?
Yes, the Creative Writing sessions are always among
the first to sell out.

How much time does it
take to organise the festival?
I start in September and deliver the programme in
What are the dates for this year:

This year we have Wee Write (for children and YA) 25th
Feb – 4th March and Aye Write 9th – 19th
March. Dates for next year have not been confirmed yet.
Email for queries:

About Elaine:
Elaine is a member of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme
and is currently working on a family saga. She has sold short stories worldwide
and enjoys attending RNA events such as the London chapter and our annual
conference. Elaine is a great fan of writing retreats either week long by the
sea with friends or one-day retreats with fellow writers in her home town of
Dartford. Elaine runs a writing blog along with writer, Francesca Capaldi
Burgess called WriteMindWritePlace.

Thank you, Elaine.
What an interesting event and so many good speakers!

If you would like to
write for the RNA blog please contact us on elaineeverest@aol.com

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