Five Things to See: Aye Write Festival 2014

Aye Write is a feast of literature in the heart of Glasgow
Category: Reading

While there's still a nip in the air, Glasgow's Aye Write Festival (4–12 April 2014) arrives to warm the hearts and minds of audiences.

With a host of top names including William McIlvanney, Eleanor Catton and AS Byatt, festival-goers are really spoilt for choice this year.  We've delved into the packed Aye Write programme to bring you these five cracking events for anyone thinking of attending but could have listed many, many more mouthwatering events.


Sophie Hannah, The Poetry of Sex

Friday 4 April 2014, 18:00 - 19:00

Psychological thriller writer and T S Eliot shortlisted poet Sophie Hannah presents an anthology of poetry that proves the literary merit of erotica and poets through the ages that haven't seen anything wrong with (writing about) a little bump and grind. 


Lesley Riddoch, Michael Fry and Rory Stewart, Scotland and England: What's the difference?

Saturday 5 April 2014, 15:00 - 16:00

Are Scotland and England as different as all that? In this referendum year, three bright minds will gather on stage to discuss that very question. You can listen to Lesley Riddoch's views on how Scotland can create a brighter future for itself in our recent interview for Book Talk.


Lavie Tidhar, The Violent Century

Monday 7 April 2014, 18:00 - 19:00

The Cold War, the World Wars, the Holocaust, Bosnia, Somalia - the 20th Century was the most violent in history. Tidhar, the World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama, asks the question on everyone's mind: would it have been less bloody had there been superheroes? Head along and hear his thoughts.


Luke Harding and Richard J. Aldrich, The Surveillance State

Saturday 12 April 2014, 15:00 - 16:00

For a number of weeks last year, Edward Snowden was the news. His revelations about the extent of state surveillance and modern espionage may not have shocked Britain as deeply as other countries but the chance to hear from Luke Harding, the Guardian journalist at the heart of breaking the story, is an opportunity not to be missed.


Mark Z Danielewski and Ben Marcus, What The Novel Did Next?

Saturday 12 April 2014, 18:00 - 19:00

Two of America's most innovative contemporary novelists cross the pond to talk about form-busting fiction. Many consider Mark Danielewski's debut, House of Leaves, a modern classic. His follow up Only Revolutions was nominated for a US National Book Award. Ben Marcus has already penned four novels including The Flame Alphabet, depicting a world in which children's language has become toxic.


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