former member of the now disbanded Urban Poets and has supported De La Soul and Run DMC with this opening act poetry. Malaysian-born Francesca Beard is a London-based poet. Part of F uncT ’99.

SUNDAY 10 Glasgow

Motormouths CCA at McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521. 7.30pm. £7 (£5). A double bill with performance poets Dana Byrant, a ‘jazz- poetry diva’ from New York, and Lemn Sissay, whose poem 213! Century Poem featured on Leftfield’s Leftism album. Part ofFuncT ’99.

Performance Poets Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 8pm. Free. Robert Knox hosts this open event for writers to share their work.



John Simpson Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. lpm. £3.50 (£3 in advance). The BBC’s World Affairs Editor talks about an eventful career which, as well as ducking bullets around the world, has included taking punches from a former Prime Minister. His book, Strange Places, Questionable People (Macmillan £20), is the first part of a two volume autobiography.

An Evening With Marc Almond The Arches, 30 Midland Street, 221 4001. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). The former frontman of the 805 synth-pop sensation Soft Cell launches his long awaited biography Tainted Life (Sidgwick & Jackson £15.99). Part of FuncT ’99.


Jochem Hemmleb Waterstone’s, 13—14 Princes Street, 556 3034. 7pm. Free. A member of the Everest team that attempted to find the bodies of the

unsuccessful 1924 explorers Mallory and lrvine, reads from his account of the

Knowing his onions: Vic Reeves at Edinburgh Waterstone s, Fri 8 Oct

expedition. He also postulates the theory that they may have been the first to reach the summit, beating Hillary and Norgay’s famous ascent by 29 years.



Max Milligan Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. 7pm. Free but ticketed. Talk and slide show by photographer Max Milligan of stills taken from his book Circles Of Stone (Harvill £30)

Marian Keyes Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 7pm. Free. The best-selling author reads from her new novel Last Chance Saloon (Michael Joseph £9.99).



Geri Halliwell Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, info: 222 7700. lpm. £16 (price includes copy of the book). Autobiography from ex-Spice Girl and UN Goodwill Ambassador is enigmatically titled lfOnly (Bantam £16.99), suggesting that despite her continuing career in the limelight she has even greater aspirations up her sleeve. See Frontlines.

Sauchiehall Street Reading Group Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. For more information contact Tessa Bowler on 332 9105. 7.30pm. Free. The group discuss] D Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye.

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Rev Dr David Palmer Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. 7pm. Free but ticketed. David Palmer, Methodist Minister and architect, reads from his challenging analysis of Mark’s GOSpel.

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short stories and tall tales at Glasgow‘s storytelling club.

Jancis Robinson Waterstone‘s, 128 Princes Street, 226 2666. 12.30pm. Free. Award-winning wine writer signs copies of the new Oxford Companion To Wine (0UP £40) which has been completely revised with historical and background information on wine accoutrements and reviews of over 500 new wines.

SATURDAY 16 Glasgow

Scottish Fiction Group Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 12.30pm. Free. This week the group discuss Filth by lrvine Welsh.



Michael Palin Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. 12.30pm. £3.50 (£3 in advance). Michael Palin talks about his new book, Hemingway Adventure (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £20). a biography of one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

Michael Palin Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. 5.30pm. Book si ning onl .

Genera Sir Mic ael Rose Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 7pm. Free. Another member of UN staff, this time the Commander of the 1994 Protection Force in Bosnia, talks about one of the toughest challenges of his career as one of the major players during the war there.



Peter F. Hamilton Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 3329105. 7pm. £2 (£1); ticket redeemable against price of book. Naked God (Macmillan


£17.99) is the long-awaited third part of the ‘Night's Dawn' trilogy.


Aileen Paterson Harbour Arts Centre. 114-116 Harbour Street, 01294 274059. 7.45—1().30pm. £4 (£2). An opportunity to meet Aileen Paterston, author of the highly popular Maisie books for children. with advice for aspiring writers.

WEDNESDAY 20 Glasgow

My Barmy Aunt Boomerang Roadshow Waterstone’s, 153—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. 3pm. The new kids’ TV series starting soon on BB(‘ 1 are looking for the barmiest aunt in Britain. Bring in a painting or drawing of the maddest aunt you‘ve got and if you win, you’ll represent Scotland in the national heats. New Writing Scotland Borders Books, I 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 7pm. Free. The launch of this annual book for new writing talent.

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Sue Townsend Waterstone‘s, 153-—157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. 7pm. Sue Townsend reads from Adrian Mole The Cappuccino Years (Michael Joseph £14.99). Thirtysomething Mole is still going strong charting the events that brought New Labour to power and his rise to fame as a celebrity chef.

Doon The Water Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 7pm. Free. A unique collection of photographs by Robert Jeffrey and Ian Watson, taken from the archives of The Herald.

The Scottish Connection Tron Theatre, 63 'l‘rongate, 552 4267. 8pm. £5 (£3). Poets front Scotland and Italy, including such luminaries as Edwin Morgan, translate and perform each'other’s work. Part uflltc Italian Festival. See feature, page 16.


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TUE . . . Clarissa Dickson-Wright Event postponed until further notice


7.30 PM , .

THU Buffy The Vampire Slayer Night Celebrate Hallowe'en and the return of Buffy to BBC2 with a night of fun, fangs & prizes. Best dressed vampires or Slayers win a fabulous mystery prize.

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6.45 PM THU Titania Hardie 1 1 Enchanted Britain’s favourite White Witch brings her magic back NOV to Glasgow. Join her for an informal afternoon of white 200 PM magic, spell workshops and fun. Tickets fi'ee WED Robert Bauval 2 4 Secret Chamber Reknowned Egyptologist, Robert Bauval explores the NOV science and mysteries surrounding the quest for the 7.00 PM Hall Of Records at Giza. Please note: Dillons Glasgow is now trading as Waterstone’s Argyle Street The name has changed, the service is better than ever

Arcade, 357 5387. 8pm. £2. Share your

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