THURSDAY 17 Glasgow Des Dillon Glasgow Family Support Group. West Street Centre. 123 West Street. 357 6838. l2.30—2.3()pm. Free. Author of Return Of The Bushy Babes (Headline £6.99) and former (‘astlemilk writer-in-residence leads a prose-writing workshop and offers feedback on any material brou 'ht to the workshop. New Scottish Writers' Evening Waterstone's. 153— 157 Sattchiehall Street. 332 9105. 7pm. Free. (‘itron Press's batch of Scottiin authors host an evening of their works. The writers in question are David Turner. Julie Alpine and Charlotte l"airbairn. Yes. her dad was the highly controversial Tory. Sir Nick.


Kelsang Tharcin Jatnes Thin. 53~59 South Bridge. 622 8222. 7pm. Free. Bhuddist monk and (iyatso meditation master gives a meditation masterclass. Ian Rankin & Paul Johnston Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 220 4349. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Crime night with blockbuster author Rankin reading from his latest Set In Darkness (Orion £16.99) and Johnston whose recent book Water OfI)earh (Hodder & Stoughton £5.99) was a Christmas bestseller.

FRIDAY 18 Glasgow Joanna Trollope Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 5pm. Free. Enormoust successful author of many best-seller list toppers drops in to sign copies of her latest novel Marrying The Mistress (Bloomsbury £ 16.99).


Joanna Trollope James Thin. George

Street. 225 4495. 6.30pm. £1 (ticket redeemable against price of the book). See Fri 18.

Carol Shields Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. 7pm. £1.50 available from James Thin South Bridge branch. Popular and highly acclaimed novelist. Carol Shields has written numerous award winning novels. Shields reads from her new collection of short stories Dressing Up For The Carnival (Fourth Estate £13.99).



Margaret Elphinstone Margaret Blackwood Housing Association. 716 Argyle Street. 7.30—9.45pm. Free. Workshop with exercises to help your enjoyment of writing led by Margaret Elphinstone.


John Hegley E2K. Picardy Place. 478 7434. 7.30pm. £2. Pop poet and wordsmith John Hegley reflects on life. art. his father. French potatoes and

5 glasses. See preview page 93.

WEDNESDAY 23 ' Glasgow

Carol Shields Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 7pm. Free but ticketed. See Mon 21. Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7.30pm. Free. The novel Perfume (Penguin £7.99) by Patrick Stiskind is under discussion.

Lords. The Tories and Ireland 1886-1914 (Little. Brown £18.99). which is his study of the history of Northem Ireland. taken from the speeches of Lord Salisbury. Lord Randolph Churchill. Edward Carson and many more.


An Evening Oi Poetry Inspired By The Sea Edinburgh Printmakers. 23 Union Street. 557 2479. 7—9pm. Writers and poets Duncan Glen. Tom Watson and Andrew Greig. whose poetry is inspired by the sea. will read from their work.

FRIDAY 25 Glasgow Paul Henke Waterstone‘s. 153—l57 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 11am—4pm. Free. The second of four books in the Million Tears chronicle A Million 'Iears II The Tears of War and Peace (Good Read Publishing £9.99) tnoves forward to the early 1900s when the Griffiths family business becomes an empire. Paul Henke will be available to sign and discuss his books over three days. Alison Prince Survivors‘ Poetry Scotland. 30 Cranwonh Street. 357 6838. lOam—noon. Free. Children‘s writer. poet and biographer. Alison Prince. leads a workshop of stimulating games to provoke the writer's imagination. Da Leopardi AI Poeti Marchigiani Di

5 Oggi Ramsborn Theatre. 98 lngram Street. 287 5511. llam—noon. Free. ~ Strathclyde University‘s ltalian



Edward Pearce Waterstone's. 153—157

1 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 7pm. Free

but ticketed. Edward Pearce. columnist for The Scotsman and former Daily Telegraph Commons sketchwriter discusses Lines OfMost Resistance The

Authors at


in February


Box Set

Assembly Rooms


Set In Darkness (7”

Witter of Death


tickets available form all branches

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department presents this celebration of the poetry of the country‘s Marche region. read by Umberto Piersanti and Communist MP Maria Lenti.

Poetry In The Palace Glasgow Botanic Gardens. 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. l—2pm. Free. (Kibblc Palace). Bring along a poem. a song orjust listen at this aftemoon poetry session in the

E gardens.

SATURDAY 26 Glasgow

Paul Henke Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. l lam—4pm. Free. See Fri 25.

Scottish Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 12.30pm. Free. The group discuss Itchycooblue (Headline £6.99) by Des Dillon.

Cabaret In The Cafe Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 8pm. Free. Robert Knox hosts a unique mix of music. performance poetry. spoken word and stand up comedy.

SUNDAY 27 Glasgow

Paul Henke Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 1 1am—4pm. Free. See Fri 25.



Ian Rankin Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. 6.30pm. £2. Tickets available from Borders Books and the Royal Concert Hall. Best selling crime author Ian Rankin and actor/screenwriter Stuart Hepburn discuss the complex character of Inspector Rebus prior to the new TV series based on Black and Blue which stars John Hannah as the flawed detective. Rankin‘s new book Set In Darkness (Orion £16.99) will also be under discussion.

Kelsang Tharcin Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7pm. Free. See Thu 17.

Monday Performance Evenings Survivors' Poetry Scotland. 30 Cranworth Street. 357 6838. 7.30—9.30pm. Free. Bring along a poem or simply sit and listen to others read from their work. Waterstone's/GFT Film Quiz Glasgow Film Theatre. 12 Rose Street. 332 8128. 8.30pm. £1. Mega-popular quiz as ever. enter as a team of no more than four people and book early to avoid disappointment.

See Wed 1.

Crime time: Ian Rankin lights up the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Mon 28 Feb

Edinburgh Alexei Sayle l-‘esuxal 'l’lit-atie. I.) 29 Nicolson Street. .529 (it “t )0. Spin. £1.50:

tickets a‘.ai|ablc from James l’hin Sotttli Bridge. Rt‘ttttwltt‘tl L‘Htttt‘tllttlt illltl presenter Sayle reads from his collection of short stories li’tirt't'luna I’ltlItW tlloddcr & Stoughton £12).



Alexei Sayle \Vatctstonc‘s. 153 155 Sauchiehall Street. 3 32 9105 7pm t_'l_ See Mon 28.



A Different Future James '1 hm. 53 59 Sotitli Bridge. 622 8222. 7pm. l'rcc (‘haired b} (‘hris “arhurst w ith contributions from Row cna .-\rshad and Robina (ioodlad. this discussion c\atnincs Scottish social policy and ideas

Lanark Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festival Various \‘cnucs. 01555 661661.

A whole w cckcnd of workshops tor both

adults and children. with a performance and a storytelling fatnil} ceilidh on the final da}.


- Glasgow

RObil‘l \Vztlc‘tslttlch. L55 l57 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 7pm. l'rcc btit ticketed. Third book ot the I.ll'('\lIl/’ Trailers fantasy saga tt‘iolog} lroin Robin llobb. Ship of Devlinv tllarper( ‘ollins

£ 10.99) brings to conclusion the \artous

strands of the tale in art exhilarating


Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion

Group Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7.30pm. Free. The group discuss li’e/m/(l 'I‘lie .llan (Orion £6.99) by Michael .\'loorcock.

James Kelman and Allan Tall The

Arches. 30 Midland Street. 221 4001. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Author of How late I! Has, IIUH' Late and The (food Times. James Kelman reads from his work. including extracts front his new um e1 Translated .‘it‘t'Ull/IIM Musical accompaniment is prov ided b} Allan 'l'all.


Walking Edinburgh James Thu). .53— 59 South Bridge. 622 8222. 7pm. l'rec. Martin ()cstreicher launches Hit/king Iii/inlnirg/t (New Holland £9.99) b} Robin Gauldie.


Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festival Various Venues. 015.55 661661.