Poetry Festival Various venues, 01334 475000. Times vary. Prices vary. See Thu 18.
Glasgow Creative Writing Class Charlie Reid Centre, 19 Elmbank St, 6–8pm. £6.50 (block of six £30). A series of workshops entitled ‘Discover the Writer Within’. Booking essential on 07960 823712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow ✽✽ DiScOmBoBuLaTe The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000.
7.30pm. £4 (£2). Ian MacPherson hosts another verbose outing of the literary/comedy evening.
Glasgow FREE Don’t Eat the Mic Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, 357 4524. 8pm. An evening of poetry performance. Edinburgh FREE Susan Fletcher Blackwell, 53–59 South Bridge, 622 8222. 6.30pm. Susan Fletcher, author of Eve Green and Oystercatchers, talks about her new novel, Corrag, in which a woman is tried for witchcraft after the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe. FREE Roddy Martine The Henderson Gallery, 4 Thistle Street Lane NW, 225 7464. 7pm. Ticketed. Reflections of old East Lothian in This Too Shall Pass: Reflections on East Lothian.
Edinburgh FREE Contemporary Argentina: Reading the Last Decade National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 650 8303. 11.30am–4.30pm. Argentinean novelist Guillermo Martínez, Professor Evelyn Fishburn and Dr Ben Bollig discuss the recent literary output of Argentina. Wise Blood Industries Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, 629 0039. 7pm. £5. Evening of music and readings.
Edinburgh Shore Poets The Lot, 4–6 Grassmarket, 225 9922. 7.45pm. £4 (£3). Mike Stocks, Diana Hendry and Gordon Dargie provide the verbage, while Dave Burnett and his ukulele provide the tunes. Part of Ceilidh Culture. Is This Poetry? The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8.15pm. £4 (£3). Spoken word/performance poetry night hosted by Jenny Lindsay.
Glasgow Creative Writing Class Charlie Reid Centre, 19 Elmbank St, 6–8pm. £6.50 (block of six £30). See Mon 22. Wednesday 31
Paisley FREE Tim Turnbull Paisley Central Library, High Street, 887 3672. 7pm. Share in the enthusiasm of Turnbull as he showcases his work.
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Glasgow ✽✽ FREE Kevin MacNeil Ramshorn Theatre, 98 Ingram Street, 548 2558. 5.15pm. Award-winning poet, novelist and playwright. See picture below.
Glasgow FREE Poetry Discussion Group Mitchell Library, 201 North Street, 287 2999. 6pm. Lively poetry discussions on the first Thursday of every month.
Edinburgh ✽✽ FREE A Gray Play Evening National Library of Scotland, George
IV Bridge, 623 3918. 6pm. Polymath Alasdair Gray is joined by special guests for spoken word and performance to celebrate the publication of A Gray Play Book, which he will be signing copies of afterwards.
Edinburgh FREE Stuart McHardy Blackwell, 53–59 South Bridge, 622 8222. 6.30pm. Stuart McHardy is a musician, poet, storyteller and folklorist, and his latest venture is a new history of the Picts. Discussing his new book, he’ll be dispelling a few common myths about our ancestors.
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Glasgow Gliterary Lunch Oran Mor, 731–735 Great Western Road, 01423 873116. Noon. £50. Literary lunch with Karen Campbell and Helen Walsh. Book in advance at www.gliterarylunches.com or call 01423 873116. FREE Celebrating 40 Years of Francophonie Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, 331 4080. 6.30pm. International Organization, La Francophonie (the ‘French Commonwealth’), celebrates its 40th anniversary with a talk from Henriette Walter entitled ‘Honni soit qui mal y pense’ and a discussion with Professor John Campbell, University of Glasgow, about the relationship between French and English. Booking essential. St Andrews StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival Various venues, 01334 475000. Times vary. Prices vary. Engage with poetry and hear world class poets in atmospheric venues, as well as encountering poetry at the points where it meets with visual art, music, dance and drama. This year’s themes are ‘Myth & Legend’ and ‘The Director’s Cut’.
Ayr ✽✽ FREE Alan Bissett: Death of a Ladies’ Man Libertine, 7 River
Street, 01292 262600. 7.30–9pm. Bissett performs sections from his highly acclaimed ‘one-woman show’, The Moira Monologues, as well as signing copies of his latest novel, Death of a Ladies’ Man. St Andrews StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival Various venues, 01334 475000. Times vary. Prices vary. See Thu 18.
Glasgow FREE Seeds of Thought CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. 7.30pm. Live spoken word, acoustic music, drama sketches and open mic.
Edinburgh ✽✽ FREE Alan Guthrie and Helen Fitzgerald Wester Hailes Library, 1
Westside Plaza, 529 5667. 2.30pm. Ticketed. This Crime in City event pairs these two dastardly crime writers together.
St Andrews StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival Various venues, 01334 475000. Times vary. Prices vary. See Thu 18.
Edinburgh FREE Continental Drift Patriothall Gallery, WASPS Patriothall Studios, off 48 Hamilton Place, 226 7126. Exhibition 11am–5pm; Reading 7pm. Visual artist Michele Marcoux and poet Sheila Black explore ‘inner weather’ with a reading of the poem Continental Drift. Tickets for the reading are £5. St Andrews StAnza: Scotland’s International
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34 THE LIST 18 Mar–1 Apr 2010
Kevin MacNeil Having just completed cycle rides across Europe for cancer charities, the acclaimed Hebridean
author gets back inside his writerly head for this event in which he will discuss his work, an oeuvre that includes a novel, The Stornoway Way, a book of aphorisms, Be Wise, Be Otherwise, and a play, The Callanish Stoned. ■ Ramshorn Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 25 Mar.