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In collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Dress for the Weather, Glasgow Life present Glaschu Gàidhlig - a new online resource for all which will deepen the awareness of the cultural, linguistic, historical and contemporary connections that Gaelic has with the city. Join us for the first presentation of the site – together with some spoken word and song as we launch the first event of a three year project in the build up to the Royal National Mod 2019.
To book a place email Rona.MacDonald@glasgowlife.org.uk This is a FREE event.
Ann an co-bhanntachd le Oilthigh Ghlaschu agus Dress for the Weather, tha Glaschu Beò a’ taisbeanadh Glaschu Gàidhlig - ùr-stòras didseatach airson nan uile a dhoimhnicheas mothachadh air na bannan cultarail, cànanach, eachdraidheil is co-aimsireil a tha aig a’ Ghàidhlig ris a’ bhaile mhòr. Thigibh nar cuideachd airson ciad taisbeanadh na làraich-lìn - a thuilleadh air beagan bruidhne is corra òran is sinn a’ lìbhrigeadh a’ chiad tachartas ann an sreath an lùib a' phròiseict seo air na trì bliadhna eadar seo agus Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2019.
Join these two novelists who will discuss their latest work, but also their interesting life stories on the road to publication.
In Dead Writers in Rehab by Paul Bassett Davies, literary reprobate Foster James wakes up in a country house assuming he's been consigned to rehab by his dwindling band of friends and growing collection of ex-wives. But he soon realises there's something different about this place when he gets punched by Ernest Hemingway.
Heather Richardson’s Doubting Thomas is a story of sex, drugs and blasphemy in late seventeenth-century Edinburgh told through the viewpoints of Dr Robert Carruth, his wife Isobel, poet Mungo Craig and Thomas Aikenhead.
Join us for this lively event where community-based adult literacy and creative learners from across the city come together to share their writing on a range of themes. The event includes an opportunity to mingle and enjoy the display of learners’ work. To book a place call 0800 027 6402.
This session will explore Icelandic crime from two fascinating perspectives – the chilling, poetic beauty of Ragnar Jonasson’s crime fiction and Simon Cox's celebrated BBC News investigation into unsolved murders in the 1970s.
Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is the first novel in the new Hulda crime series from one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. The Reykjavik Confessions is a chilling journey of discovery into a dark corner of Icelandic history, and a riveting true-crime thriller.
Inspired by the duo's hit YouTube series, which was borne out of Master Chef winner Nadia's frustration with her best friend Kaye's kitchen mishaps, Nadia & Kaye Disaster Chef is a recipe book for the culinary-challenged who want to be able to dish up delicious grub fast and with no hassle. The warm and hilarious chemistry between these two best friends leaps from every page, with anecdotes, tricks and kitchen hacks dotted throughout. Nadia and Kaye want Disaster Chefs everywhere to know that help is on the way, and to reassure Kaye's children that they need no longer panic when they hear those three little words 'Dinner is ready'.
Jackie Kay’s first collection as Scottish Makar is a book about the fighting spirit – one that Jackie argues we need now more than ever. Bantam crosses borders, from Rannoch Moor to the Somme, from Brexit to Bronte country. Who are we? Who might we want to be? These are poems that sing of what connects us, and lament what divides us; poems that send daylight into the dark that threatens to overwhelm us – and could not be more necessary to the times in which we live.
Jackie Kay is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, she has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her first novel Trumpet won the Authors' Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is also the author of three collections of stories, two poetry collections, and her memoir, Red Dust Road. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and Chancellor of the University of Salford. Jackie will be sharing with us the books that have a special place in her heart.
Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales was once the hope of Britain. Eldest son to James VI of Scotland, James I of England, Henry was the epitome of heroic Renaissance princely virtue, his life set against a period about as rich and momentous as any. In this rich and lively book, Sarah Fraser seeks to restore Henry to his place in history. Set against the bloody traumas of the Thirty Years’ War, the writing of the King James Bible, the Gunpowder Plot and the dark tragedies pouring from Shakespeare’s quill, Henry’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale: the story of a man who, had he lived, might have saved Britain
From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker prize, and the winner of the 2017 COSTA Novel of the year, this is an extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace which explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence. At this event, Jon will lead the audience on a journey through the landscapes and hidden stories of his novel. If you are bringing a smartphone or tablet device to this event, please ensure that it is fully charged and ready for use.
Revealing an alternative story of modern Scottish art, this illustrated talk will examine the most experimental work of Scottish artists during the first half of the 20th century. It challenges the accepted view of the dominance of the Scottish Colourists and uncovers the hitherto little-known progressive Scottish art world. Alice Strang is the Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the publication of her book coincides with an exhibition at the gallery featuring more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by over 50 artists which will be running until 10th June 2018.
The prize-winning novelist will be introducing another two debut writers, this time with collections of short stories:
Chris Power's stories are peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends. Each story in his debut collection Mothers lays bare the emotional and psychic damage of life, love and abandonment.
From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes Hings, the debut collection from Chris McQueer. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague.
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.
The Monarch of the Glen by Sir Edwin Landseer is one of the most celebrated paintings of the nineteenth century. Christopher Baker’s book explores the fascinating and complicated history of this iconic painting, and contributes to the debates it continues to stimulate – see the extensive recent press coverage around the painting’s acquisition for the nation by the National Galleries of Scotland. Publication of the book will coincide with the painting’s tour to four Scottish venues in 2018 (Inverness, Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright).
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.