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!
and how long it’s been running?
as an initiative from Glasgow Libraries who felt
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.
speakers this year?
Cable, AL Kennedy, Jackie Kay, John Byrne, Val McDermid, Jo Nesbo, Miranda
Sawyer, The Rev Richard Coles, Richard Dannatt.
writers can you tell me how your festival would benefit our members?
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.
enter, if so could details be provided?
we do close the festival with The Great Scottish Books Quiz.
for the whole event. Where can people stay?
start at £6 (up to £12). The Creative Writing
sessions are £15 but last from
the first to sell out.
take to organise the festival?
Feb – 4th March and Aye Write 9th – 19th
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.
What an interesting event and so many good speakers!
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