I THE BOOKSHELF/VICTOR GOLLANCZ LTD FIRST FANTASY NOVEL COMPETITION Science fiction publishers Gollancz join BBC Radio 4's Bookshelfto find aworthy winner of their £4000 prize (£2000 outright plus £2000 advance royalties for Gollancz publication to the winner). Two runners-up will also receive prizes of£500. Among the judges are science fiction writers Mary Gentle and Terry Pratchett. Entry forms are available from Victor Gollancz Ltd. 14 Henrietta Street. London. WC2E 8J0 and entries must be submitted by 30 July 1991 with winners announced in October. I POLYGON ANTHOLOGY OF LESBIAN AND GAY WRITING IN SCOTLAND Following the success of Polygon's first anthologyAnd Thus I Will Sing Freely. manuscripts are now being considered for a second volume. whether you are Scottish or living in Scotland and regardless ofyour style of writing. Contributions should be sent to Joanne Winning. Polygon. 22 George Square. Edinburgh. EH8 9LF before 31 March 1991 . enclosing an SAE for return.


I SCOTTISH FRIENDS OF PALESTINE PRESENT SCOTTISH WRITERS AGAINST THE WAR IN THE GULF Pearce lnstitute (2 mins Govan Station). Bookings. H. Humphries. 649 1945.

Frll 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1). The Scottish Friends of Palestine believe that ‘at the heart of the conflict in the Gulf. is the need to find a just settlement forthe Palestinians‘. Join Mustafa Abdu, Bobby Christie. Gerrie Fellows. Jim Ferguson, Alisdair Gray. Jim Kelman. Liz Lochead. Tom Leonard, Bernard McLaverty. Karen Thomson and Jack Withers and find out why Scottish writers oppose the war. Bar. raffle and Palestinian food will be on offer. For more information on the voluntary body. Friends ofPalestine. contact The Secretary. Scottish Friends of Palestine. 163 Tillycairn Drive. Glasgow. I WATERSTONES 132 L’nionStreet.221 0890.

Wed 6 7.30pm. To celebrate the launch of the anthology Young Contemporary Gaelic Poetry. the editor Christopher

' Whyte will be in the store to talk about the book. Joining him to read from their work will be a selection of contributors.

I POLLOKSHAWS LIBRARY 5060 Shawbridge Street.

Scottish Writers Live At The Library Thurs 28 Feb. Free. Readings by Janice Galloway. author of The Trick Is To Keep Breathing. and Brian McCabo. author ofSprt'ng's Witch. One Atom To A nother. The Lipstick Circus and The Other McCoy. Tea/Coffee.


I THE POETRY ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND 27 George Square. Information on 031334 5241.

Well 27 7.45pm. Annual subscription £5. Single meeting£l (free). Tonight's guest is John Latham. lively Manchester-based poet and multiple poetry prize winner.

I JAMES THIN 53-59 South Bridge. 031 556 6743.

Competition Until middle of March. To celebrate 21 years of Paladin. Thin‘s are running a competition featuring Flann O‘Brien whose works they publish. £50-worth of books are at stake. Further details from shop.

Thurs 7 7pm. Eugenie Fraser. author of The Home by the Hooghly (Transworld. £4.99) will talk about her life. She will also read from this. the second part of her autobiography. and sign copies.




I WATERSTONES 13/14 Princes Street. 556 3034.

Sat 23 Noon—l pm. Steve and Mogumt Biddle. authors of Amazing Flying Objects (Red Fox, £2.99) and Amazing Origami for Children (Red Fox, £5.99) demonstrate their fantastic techniques and creations.

“Charles Pailler

I WATERSTONES 114 George Street. 225 3436.

Signed copies A limited number ofsigned copies of The Sensationist by Charles Palliser (Cape. £1 1 .99) and Talking atthe Gates —A Life of James Baldwin by James Campbell (Faber. £14.99) are available in the store.

Thurs 21 7.30pm. Eugenia Fraser, author of The House by the Dvina will read from the second part of her autobiography. The Home by the Hooghly (Transworld. £4.99) and talk about her life in India between the wars. Refreshments will be provided. I WELLSPRING 13 Smith‘s Place.

Sat 2 8— 10pm. £3.50 (£2) including wine and soft drinks. Tickets from Tessa Ransford. Scottish Poetry Library, Tweeddalc Court. 14 High Street or Colin Kirkwood. Wellspring. 13 Smith‘s Place. Please send SAE. Upstream is the title of this evening of poetry and music organised by the Scottish Poetry Library as a benefit for Wellspring. On tonight’s bill are poets Tom Leonard. Neil Mochrie. Aonghas Mac Neacail. Tessa Ransford and Alan Spence joined by musicians Anna Wendy Stevenson and Neil Steward.

Michael CunnlngtIam at West and Wilda.

I WEST AND WILDE 25a Dundas Street. 556 0079.

Tue 26 8pm. Tonight‘s double bill features New York novelist Michael Cunningham and Merside comic novelist Michael Carson.

Cunningham. whose first novel Golden States was published in 1984. will read from and sign copies of his latest workA Home at the End ofthe World(Hamish Hamilton. £13.99). Carson. whose works include Friends and Infidels and Coming Up Roses will read and sign copies of Stripping Penguins Bare (Gollancz. £12.95). the sequel to the well-received Sucking Sherbet Lemons.

Refreshments will be served.


Mon 4 11am—8pm and Tue 5 l lam—6pm. Thirty-nine British exhibitors will show rare books and manuscripts of all periods

together with atlases. prints and maps.

from i PALADIN-l Elizabeth Smart

By Grand Central Station

I Sat Down And Wept ’Like Madame Bavary blasted by lightning... a masterpiece.’


Elizabeth Smart The Assumption of the Rogues er) Rascals

’Miss Smart writes like an angel... Again and again a vein of pure poetry opens.’ THE TIMES £3.99

Iohn Sladek


’Dark and desperate of America’s best slapstick sotirists.’ CITY LIMITS £4.99

Wendy Perriam

Fifty-Minute Hour

’Psychoonolytic therapy is strapped down onto its couch, stripped and ruthlessly raped in this startling black comedy.’


Wendy Perriam

Absinthe For Elevenses ’One of those outrageous books which compel you to read on.’

SHE £4.99

Robert Tressell

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists ’Impassioned, detailed and moving...a unique and great book.’ HOWARD BRENTON £5.99

Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

’A scorching epochol sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more...’brilliant’ and ’outrogeous’... and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.’



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