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Adult learners, who have been developing their English language skills in ESOL classes across the city, come together to share their writing on a range of themes and celebrate their learning achievements. This vibrant event brings together adult learners, their families and friends from Glasgow’s diverse communities, including refugees, asylum seekers, new and settled migrant communities. The event includes an opportunity to mingle and enjoy the display of learners’ work. To book, please contact 0800 027 6402.
Once a relatively small rural settlement on the River Clyde, Glasgow expanded dramatically over the centuries to become the largest city in Scotland. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, Glasgow continued to thrive, becoming world-famous for its shipbuilding and marine industries. In Victorian times Glasgow was recognised as the ‘Second City of the British Empire’, while today it is one of the top ten financial centres in Europe. Glasgow: The Postcard Collection takes the reader on a nostalgic journey back through Glasgow’s past in a vibrant selection of old picture postcards, offering an illuminating pictorial history of this great city.
The state houses us, educates us, employs us, protects us on the street and in the wider world. However, in recent years the government have depleted funding and resources, and mounted an ideological assault on the public sector through the media, travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of nurses and patients, teachers and parents, policemen and civilians and Dismembered lays bare the deliberate dismantling of the public sector and its consequences.
We Will Rise Again is the first detailed account of the Glasgow based members of the Irish Volunteers, who crossed from Scotland to Ireland to take part in one of the seminal events in modern Irish history, the Easter Rising. The book draws on a range of sources including original material, much of which was previously inaccessible, to piece together the stories of the Glasgow participants and their record of service during the Rising. Comprising contributions from a group of experts, veterans and relatives of those involved, it is a unique document which sheds much light on a neglected aspect of Scottish and Irish history. With Eddi Reader, Sean Bell and Máirtín Ó Catháin, Maggie Chetty, Stephen Coyle and Feargal Dalton.
This book brings to life for the first time the remarkable story of James Taylor, 'father of the Ceylon tea enterprise' in the nineteenth century. Publicly celebrated in Sri Lanka for his efforts in transforming the country's economy and shaping the world's drinking habits, Taylor died in disgrace and remains unknown to the present day in his native Scotland. Using a unique archive of Taylor's letters written over a forty-year period, Tom Devine provides an unusually detailed reconstruction of a British planter's life in Asia at the high noon of empire.
Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he’d been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and – much to Mark’s astonishment – doesn’t seem interested in revenge.
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