Glasgow Storyfest Various venues. 01506 847935. Now in its third year. Glasgow Story'fest features over twenty storytellers in over 60 events across the city. Spinning yarns in pubs. palaces. theatres and museums. the festival culminates in an attempt to create a World Storytelling Record on Wed 31 May. Storytellers include Sheila Stewart. Michael Kerins. Padraig MacNeil. liwan McVicar and Linda Bandolier. Tonight sees a Storytelling Ceilidh at 7.30pm at St Janies' Church. Meiklerig Crescent. For details of other events taking place. see the individual Storyl‘est listings. Alasdair Gray John Smith. Glasgow University Bookshop. University Avenue. 339 1463. 5.30pm. Free. Sixteen years in the making. the author of Lunar/r reads from his new work The Book ()fl’l'cf/ur‘r’s‘ (Bloomsbury £35). He will be joined by Alan Spence. Paul Scott and Bruce Leeming for an evening of literature. music and drink.

Leslie Benzie Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 333 9105. 7pm. Free. Ben/.ie launches her first collection of poetry Sewn Up (\Vis‘dont Teeth £5.99).

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Creating Projects Netherbow Arts Centre. 43 «45 High Street. 556 9579/3647. 3—430pm. £8 (£5). Donald Smith provides guidance on how to develop creative storvtelling projects in the community. Nicholas Evans lidinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 9171. 6.30pm. Free. livans. author of The 1.00,) (Corgi £5.99) and photographer Robert Howie Smith share a passion for wolves. livans will sign copies of his bestselling novel at the opening of this exhibition.



Glasgow Storyfest St James‘ Church. Meiklerig Crescent. 01506 847935. 10am. £1. liven Better Crack Club fun as Michael Kerin brings his popular character. Weetom. to life.

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Glasgow Storyfest Museum ()1' Transport. Bunhouse Road. 01506 847935. 3pm. Free. Songs and stories of traditional Scottish life in Can You Show Your ()I/u'r (irunny.



Glasgow Storyfest Pollok House. Pollok Country Park. 01506 847935. 1pm 8; 3pm. Free. In Sun-res ()[f'l'lu' Wall Allan Davies guides your gale and your mind round Pollok llouse‘s many treasures.

Glasgow Storyfest Museum ()1‘ 'l‘ransport. Bunhousc Road. 01506 847935. 3pm. Free. Adventures and legends of New Xealand as told by (iareth Cashin in Iii/es ()f 'I'runspurlulion.


Shore Poets Canons’ (iait. 232 Canongate. 556 4481. 8pm. Free. l’oets Matthew Fitt. Alan Crosbie and Christine Strickland read from their work with music by Wendy Wetherby.

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Glasgow Storyfest St Paul's Church Hall. 301.angdale Street. 01506847935. 3.30pm. Free. Chit Chat Club Open Day with Angela Knowles. Waterstone's/GFT Film Quiz (ilusgow Film Theatre. 13 Rose Street. 333 8138. 8.45pm. £1. .‘ylega—popular quiz: as ex er. enter as a team of no more than four people and book early to avoid disappointment.


Well Read Corner Cate Royal Bistro Bar. 17 West Register Street. 557 4793. 7.30pm. Free. Nick 1i. Melville hosts the lidinburgh launch of Spoke. a Cl) featuring writers tron] Scotland. lingland. American and Canada.


Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group Borders Books. 383 Buchanan Street. 333 7700. 7.30pm. Free. The group discusses Archangel by Sharon Shinn.

Glasgow Storyfest Mansions. 63 (ieorge Street. 01506 847935. 8pm. Free. The storytellers go 161' broke in an attempt to break the World Record for the most stories told in one session.


Alasdair Gray Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 330 4349. 7pm. £418). See Thu 35.

Hawthornden Fellows Scottish l’oett‘y Library. 5 Crichton‘s Close. Canongate. 557 3876. 7.30pm. Free. Four North American poets currently in residence at llawthornden Castle. read troni their work.


Glasgow Storyfest St .‘ylungo‘s Museum. Castle Street. 01506 847935. 1 lam 3.30pm. Free. Stories oi faith and love from around the globe in .llm'l YourNeighbour with Donnie Henderson.


Spreading The Word Netherbow Arts Centre. 4.3 45 High Street. .556 9579/3647. 3 4.30pm. £81135). Improve your storytelling skills at this workshop led by Bea Ferguson. Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy Salisbury Centre. 3 Salisbury Road. 667 5438. 7.30pm. £4 (13.3 ). The authors o1”l'/u’./vsu.s .llvsu'ru's: 1121s The ‘(h'reinu/ ./('.\l(.\ '.v\ I’ueun (im/f’ ('l‘horsons 136.99) discuss their controversial book.



Glasgow Storyfest St Mungo‘s Museum. Castle Street. 01506 847935. 1 1am 3.30pm. Free. Stories o1 liaith and loye troni around the globe with Linda Bandelier.

Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 38.3 Buchanan Street. 333 7700. 1330an Free. Discussion of Disgrace by J. .\1. (’oei/ee.


Michael Munro Cumbernauld ’l‘heatre. Kildruni. 01336 733887. 8pm. Free. (ilaswegian author and humorist talks about his work which includes The l’ullt’l'. '/./I(‘ (Turk and '/‘/u' ()l(/ l'il'nl JU/s'l' Hunk.



Robert Temple Watersione‘s.

153 157 Sauchiehall Street. 333 9105. 7Pin. Free. Archaeologist 'l'entPle discusses the lindings in his book The Crystal Sun: lx’u/isi'm'erine .4 Luv! [/l‘t‘llllU/(lg’V ()/"l'lu' Ancient ll'nr/z/ (Century £17,991.

Scottish Fiction Discussion Group Borders Books. 383 Buchanan Street. 333 7700. 13.30pm. Free. Bestselling Hurry l’ulu'rxlni/ ‘l’lu' l’lii/uso/ilu'r's Stone is under tlisctission.


Sauchiehall Street Reading Group Waterstone‘s. 153 157 Sauchiehall Street. 333 9105. 7pm. The group discusses Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.


Robert Temple Water-stone‘s. I3 14 Princes Street. .556 31134. 6.30pm. Free. See 'l‘ue (i.



Scotland Since 1688 Adelaide‘s. 309 Bath Street. 348 4970. 7pm. £3.1he launch o1 a new and challenging history o1 our country. .Sr‘UI/(llll/ Since I/io'o' ((‘iina £301 written by Ted Cow an and Richard Finlay. is marked by a public debate hosted by Magritis|ater with guest speakers Malcolm Riilsind and Richard Finlay.

Hills Borders Books. 33.5 Buchanan Street. 333 7700. 7pm. Free. Phillip llills talks about his comioisseuns guide to the drain in sip/mu'umng ll'liiv/sv.