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Aye Write Programmer Bob McDevitt looks ahead to another great year


Aye Write! Programmer Bob McDevitt looks ahead to another great year... ​

I can hardly believe that almost a year has passed since the last Aye Write! festival. We have just sent the 2017 programme off to the printers and I’m now allowing myself to get excited about the wonderful writers, musicians, journalists and poets who will be visiting us at the Mitchell (along with our new homes at the CCA and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) in March. Along with the usual helping of well-known faces from the TV, stage and film, best-selling novelists and cracking crime writers, the programme this year reflects the challenging and ever-changing times that we are living in. There are some political sessions that will offer a platform to discuss the recent decisions our democracies have delivered, s​cience talks that will illuminate our understanding of some of the most topical areas of discovery and memoirs that will give a unique glimpse into the most extraordinary of ordinary lives. Well-established household names will rub shoulders with debut writers taking their first steps into the publishing world and hoping for a warm welcome from our festival go-ers and there will be music from different decades in many different genres. The festival has a distinctive international flavour this year with writers attending from Russia, Syria, Scandinavia, Nigeria and the USA and sessions on China, Iraq, Tibet, India and Bulgaria. Scotland is our home of course and there’s a plethora of brilliant Scottish books from comedians and artists, historians and geologists, punks and poachers. The festival won’t just be about sitting and listening to interesting talks though, there will be many opportunities to participate, to join the discussion, even to attend our creative writing classes and who knows, maybe next year it will be you up on stage!

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