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Glas ow * 5%“ Helen Yaffe Waterstone's.
153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 6.30pm. Helen Yaffe talks about the man who adoms a thousand T shirts and his rarely discussed legacy as an economist and politician in Cuba. in conjunction with her book. 'Che' Guevara: The Economies of Revolution.
Edinburgh FREE Bawr Stretter! Messages From a Poet Scottish Poetry Library. 5 Crichton‘s Close. Canongate. 557 2876. Until Sat 11 Jul. 11am—6pm: Sat l~5pm. The poetry library‘s latest exhibition marks the opening of the lidwin Morgan Archive at the SPL. FREE Reading Group: Nothing but the Poem Central Library. George [V Bridge. 242 8000. 6pm. Removing the pressures of review. criticism and hype. and without relying on background knowledge. this gentle reading group led by Julie Johnstone focuses on the reader's response to the text. For more details phone or email reception (a‘ sp1.org.uk FREE Karen Campbell Waterstone‘s. 98/9 ()cean Terminal. Ocean Drive. 554 7732. 6.30pm. Scottish crime fiction writer Karen Campbell talks about her new novel featuring Sgt Anna Cameron. After the Fire. Part of the [with Festival. Trainspotting Tours The Port ()’l.eith Bar. 58 Constitution Street. 555 2500. 7—9pm. £4 (£3.50). Tim Bell offers insight into the Irvine Welsh‘s fictionalised account of the drug scene in Leith in the 1980s. Part of the [with ['estival. Luath Literature in Leith: Burns in Leith with Donald Smith The Raj Restaurant. 87—9la Henderson Street. 0845 458 9709. 7pm. £5. Smith talks about his novel. Between Ourselves". which lleshes out Robert Burns‘ misadventures. Part of the [with festival. FREE William Coles Waterstone's. 83 George Street. 225 3436. 7.30pm. Coles talks about 11ml [.man my Story. which tells of the real- life mystery of the disappearance of Richard Bingharn. 7th liar] of Lucan. FREE La Fontaine’s Fables lnstitut Francais d’Ecossc. 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Until Tue 16 Jun. 9.30am—6.30pm; Sat 9.30am—lpm. Jean de la Fontaine's short stories fired the imagination of French artist and primary teacher Amaud Eveno ( 1960—2008). More than 30 illustrations reveal the artist's passion for animals and costumes.
FREE Wole Soyinka Scottish Parliament Building. Holyrood Road. 348 5000. 5.30pm. Ticketed. A lecture entitled ‘Enlightenment and the New Enthusiasms‘ by the poet. novelist. playwright and Nobel Laureate. Tickets from sp.bookings(0‘scottish.parliament.uk or 0131 348 5200.
FREE Dr Bashabi Fraser Roxy Art House. 2 Roxburgh Place. 6.30—8.30pm. Launch and signing of From the (ianga to the 721): For more g.saltman (a‘napier.ac.uk or ()131 455 2434. Part of lidinburgh Napier's Creative Showcase. Trainspotting Tours The Port ()‘l.eith Bar. 58 Constitution Street. 555 2500. 7—9pm. £4 (£3.50). See Thu 1 l.
Luath Literature in Leith: Death of a Chief With Douglas Watt The Raj Restaurant. 87—9la Henderson Street. Leith. 0845 458 9709. 7pm. £5. Watt talks
about his pre-linlightenment crime novel featuring investigative advocate John MacKen/ie. Port of the [with [-‘estival. FREE Home: Poetry Installation St Andrew Square. The garden comes alive with poetry about the meaning of home. www.spl.org.uk. Part of Refugee ll'eek.
Geoff Holder Waterstone’s. 174 Argyle Street. 248 4814. Noon. Find out about some mysteries that are right under your nose with Geoff Holder. author of The Guide to .‘Wys‘terlous‘ Glasgow. Helen Fitzgerald liastwood Park Theatre. Eastwood Park. Rouken Glen Road. (iiffnock. 577 4970. 1.30pm. £5 (£3.50). Gruesome tales from the Glasgow-based Aussie with a line of bleakly humorous thrillers to her name.
FREE Millie Gray Waterstone's. 98/9 ()cean Terminal. ()cean Drive. 554 7732. lprn. Leith writer Millie Gray reads from her new novel. In a Class of'l'heir ()wn. Part of the [with festival. Trainspotting Tours The Port ()'1.eith Bar. 58 Constitution Street. 555 2500. 7—9pm. £4 (£3.50). See Thu 1 l.
The Word Birds The Raj Restaurant. 87—91a Henderson Street. ()845 458 9709. 7.30pm. £5. Hear from a whole flock of women poets: Jean Harrison. Lyn Muir. Sue Vickerman and Jennifer Copley. Part of the [with festival.
Creative Writing Programme Borders Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6pm. £6.50 (£30 for six sessions). Alistair Paterson leads a weekly class to inspire. guide and shape your literary outpourings.
FREE Reading Group: Round Table Scottish Poetry Library. 5 Crichton‘s Close. Canongate. 557 2876. 6.30 8pm. Ticketed. An informal poetry reading group that encourages lively debate and offers members the chance to choose the poems. For more details phone or email reception(a spl.org.uk
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Karen Campbell Lost in Fiction. 1 l4 Byres Road. 554 7732. 7pm. £6 (£5). See Thu 1 l.
Refugee Readings ()xfam Bookshop. 330 Byres Road. ()1875 610254. 7pm. £2
(free for refugees). Readings by refugees. who now live in Scotland. of their own works. l’art o/‘Retugee ll'eek.
FREE William McAteer Word Power Bookshop. 43 West Nicolson Street. 662 9| 12. 6.30pm. William McAteer launches his new book. [it he a Nation: The History ofSeychelles [920-1976.
FREE Quintin Jardine Waterstone's. 83 George Street. 225 3436. 7.30pm. Quintin Jardine signs copies of his latest novel. I-iital [11st ll'orils.
FREE Writing About St Giles’ St Giles’ Cathedral. Royal Mile. 225 9442. 7.30pm. Rosalind K Marshall talks about her new book. Sr (ii/es 'I'he [)ramatie Story (if-(1 (il'eut Church and its People. [’art oft/1e ()lrl [own I'es'tli'al.
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James Kelman ilillhead Library. 348 Byres Road. 339 7223. 7.30pm. £5 (£4). Scotland's only Booker Prize winner talks about his newest novel. Kieron Smith. Boy. I’ar! oft/1e West [5nd I'estii'al. FREE Don’t Eat the Mic Tchai ()vna. 42 ()tago Lane. 357 4524. 8pm. An evening of poetry performance in association with Toadin.\lud.co.uk
FREE Listen with . . . SPL Scottish Poetry Library. 5 (‘richton’s Close. Canongate. 557 2876. 3 4pm. Rediscover the pleasure of listening to poems read aloud with the AP]. staff.
Storytelling Cafe Scottish Storytelling Centre. 43 45 High Street. 556 9579. 7pm. £4. Storytelling. music and song in a relaxed atmos. Part of()l(l 7mm ['estival.
Glasgow Tommy’s War with Shawn Sewell and Ronnie Scott Lost in Fiction. 1 l4 Byres Road. 337 3075. 7pm. £6 (£5). Sewell discovered 20 years of diaries by Thomas Livingstonea. a working class Glaswegian during WW1 and beyond. Vital Syn: The Victorian Bar. Tron 'l'heatre. 63 Trongatc. 552 4267. 8.15pm. £5 (£3). Tom Leonard launches Outside the Narrative: .\'ew and Selected Poems. Tickets available at the door.
FREE Home: Poetry in St Andrew Square Garden St Andrew Square. 1pm. Readings of poems about ‘homc'. Bring along your own work to read. if you want. For more information see www.spl.org.uk. [’art ofRe/ugee lll’ek.
Being brought up in South Africa but now living in Scotland, Donald, a graduate of Glasgow
UNiversity’s creative writing course has found a way, in his debut novel Choke Chain to communicate those coming of age childhood stories in a new twist, amid the heat an dust of South Africa.
I Lost in Fiction. Glasgow, Tue 23 Jun.
FREE Regi Claire Word Power
Bookshop. 43 West Nicolson Street. 662 91 12. 6.30pm. Regi Claire is Fighting It in her new short story collection.
FREE Stephen McGinty
Blackwell. 5359 South Bridge. 622 8222. 6.30pm. Ticketed. The author of Fire in the Night. the story of the 1998 Piper Alpha offshore oil disaster. talks about his work.
Borders Book Festival 2009 Various Venues. 08443 571060. Until Sun 21 Jun. Times vary. Prices vary. Some hot names from the world of literature arrive for four days of literary fun. Dame Joan Bakewell and Michael Palin join James Kelman. Jackie Kay and Gervase Phinn for author events. music. hands-on workshops and children's storytellers. See www.bordersbookfestival.org for more.
* E William Coles Borders Books. Port Retail Park. 390 Provan
Walk. 773 2910. Noon. See Thu 1 1.
FREE Poetry Reading Word Power Bookshop. 43 West Nicolson Street. 662 91 12. Noon. Matt Merritt. Rob A Mackenzie. Andrew Philip and James W Wood read from their collections.
FREE Jamieson’s Glasgow Lost in Fiction. 1 l4 Byres Road. 337 3075. 3pm. Photographer and artist Charles Jamieson talks about his new book. a visual celebration of Glasgow.
Creative Writing Programme Borders Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6pm. £6.50 (£30 for six sessions). See Mon 15.
Malcolm Gladwell King‘s Theatre. 297 Bath Street. 0870 060 6648. 7.30pm.
£157 £17. Journalist and writer Gladwell. who has author of ()utliers. Blink and The '[ip/iiiig. brings his ideas to town.
Jason Donald Lost in Fiction. I 14 Byres Road. 337 3075. 7pm. £6 (£5). See preview. below left.
Reading Group: Nothing but the Poem Scottish Poetry Library. 5 Crichton's Close. Canongate. 557 2876. 6.30—8pm. £5 (£3). See Thu 1 1.
Set in Stone Signet Library. Parliament Square. 655 1515. 6.30pm. £6. lan Hamilton. one of the students who liberated the Stone of Destiny in 1950. talks to lain Anderson about the event.
Glas ow * F%EE Geoff Holder Borders
Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6.30pm. See Sat 13.
Sarah Waters Waterstone‘s.
153 157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. 6.30pm. £3. Join the gifted storyteller and author of the hugely popular. and equally sensual. 7ipping the Velvet. as she talks about her latest chilling novel. 'I he [.ittle Stranger.
FREE Julia Ogilvy Waterstone‘s. 83 George Street. 225 3436. 7.30pm. Minor royal ()gilvy talks about [ii/hing Points: Stories to ( ‘hange Your Life. which tells the stories of those who have found a sense of self worth working with others. from Gordon Brown to Bob (ieldof.
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