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Freight Books at Aye Write! 2017

Freight Books at Aye Write! 2017
13th November 2016

Freight Books loves Aye Write!, a brilliant book festival on our own doorstep. We sponsor the production of the Aye Write programme, and are delighted to participate on the steering committee. A great list of Freight authors will be appearing. Here they are in chronological order:


Thursday 9th March

Home Ground: new writing inspired by the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow
edited by Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan

Freight designed, typeset and produced this extraordinary anthology of writing about homelessness, inspired by Glasgow’s status as host of the Homeless World Cup last year. Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh will lead a number of readings from contributors, many of whom have been homeless, in this free event. Home Ground is also a City Read this year, with 10,000 copies being distributed across the city.

Mitchell Library / Free / 4.30pm

J David Simons: Compelling and complex characters
With Sara Sheridan

J David Simons is the acclaimed author of five novels. His latest, A Woman of Integrity, is the brilliant story of a fading contemporary film star’s obsession with a silent movie star, whose life beyond the screen proves to be a revelation.

CCA / £6 / 6pm

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Friday 10th March

Fiona Rintoul: Whisky Island

Islay is the magical island that boasts eight active distilleries, countless world renowned single malts and its own whisky classification, protected by Scots law. Novelist and translator Fiona Rintoul’s Whisky Island is a celebration of the whiskies of Islay and of the beautiful island that shaped them. With a population of just over 3,000, Islay produces some of the finest whiskies in the world. It is perhaps best known for its smoky, phenolic spirits, such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg. These have been distilled in rocky coves off Islay’s sheltered east coast for at least 200 years, and probably much longer. Join Fiona for an illustrated talk and a dram of an Islay malt to kick off your Friday evening!

Mitchell Library / £9 / 7.45pm

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Saturday 11th March

Gerry Hassan: What’s Next for Scotland
With Lesley Riddoch and Alex Massie

The Independence Referendum, The UK General election delivering a Conservative majority, The Holyrood election seeing gains for The Green Party and the Conservatives, The European referendum leading to Brexit and Donald Trump in The White House. It has been a tumultuous few years in Scottish, UK and world politics and these results have left us reeling and uncertain about the future. Hopefully this panel discussion might offer some possible ways forward for Scotland with Freight Books’ Gerry Hassan, author of the acclaimed Scotland the Bold, together with writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch (with her new book Scotland After Brexit) and journalist Alex Massie. Chaired by the BBC’s Shelley Jofre.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall / £10 / 1.15pm

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Jim Carruth: the Makars
With Liz Lochhead and Jackie Kay

Glasgow Makar, Jim Carruth, author of the multi-award nominated poetry novel Killochries and the forthcoming Black Cart, joins Scotland’s Makars past and present, Liz Lochhead and Jackie Kay for an evening of verse.

Mitchell Library / £10 / 6.30pm

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Sunday 12th March

Alan Bissett introduces
With Luke Kennard and Katie Khan.

Freight published Alan Bissett’s Collected Plays in 2015. Here the playwright, performer, novelist and commentator introduces two outstanding debut novelists.

Mitchell Library / £6 / 1.15pm

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Carl MacDougall and Ron Butlin: The Root of All Evil

Carl MacDougall is one of Scotland’s foremost writers, and Freight Books will publish his first fiction in over a decade. Someone Always Robs the Poor is a tour de force of a story collection exploring themes of poverty, migration, alienation, accountability and alcoholism. Ron Butlin, whose seminal The Sound of My Voice has been published by Freight as an ebook for the first time, will discuss his latest novel, Billionaire’s Banquet.

Mitchell Library / £9 / 3pm

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Dilys Rose: Provocative Historical Fiction
With Beatrice Colin

Dilys Rose has been publishing fiction since the early 1980s, and is the author of a number of award-winning novels and story collections. Unspeakable is an outstanding historical novel about the last man in Britain to be tried and executed for blasphemy, Thomas Aikenhead. Based on real life events in Edinburgh in the late 17th century, it examines the effects of political turmoil, religious repression, fear and moral panic, all issues that resonate today.

Mitchell Library / £6 / 6.30pm

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Wednesday 15th March

Martin Cathcart Froden: London Noir
With Cathi Unsworth

Martin Cathcart Froden’s Devil Take the Hindmost won the Dundee International Book Prize and is an unusual and fascinating noir, set in the demimonde of amphetamine-fuelled velodrome racing in the Peaky Blinders-eque era of interwar London.

Mitchell Library / £6 / 6.30pm

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Thursday 16th March

Jim Carruth Introduces
With Adam O’Riordan and Rachael Boast

Glasgow Makar and author of multi-award-nominated Killochries and the forthcoming Black Cart, introduces two outstanding, prize-winning young poets.

Mitchell Library / £6 / 6pm

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Chris Leslie: Disappearing Glasgow

Chris Leslie’s unforgettable seven-year project to chart the destruction of Glasgow’s failed modernist architectural experiment, the photography book Disappearing Glasgow, was a bestseller. Join Chris on a haunting journey across the city as he looks at the buildings and communities we’ve lost.

Mitchell Library / £9 / 7.45pm

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Friday 17th March

Les Wood: The Dear Gritty Place
With Alex Gray and Douglas Skelton

Les Wood’s acclaimed comic heist novel, Dark Side of the Moon, follows a hapless band of Glasgow criminals, led by a fading crime lord, as they try and pull of the snatch of the century, stealing the world’s most expensive diamond.

Mitchell Library / £9 / 7.45pm

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Sunday 19th March

Sue Lawrence: The Great Scottish Book Quiz
With Chris Dolan, Chitra Ramaswamy, Matt Bendoris, Douglas Watt and Alex Nye. Chaird by Theresa Talbot.

Freight author and former BBC Masterchef winner, Sue Lawrence, author of Fields of Blue Flax and bestseller, The Night He Left, joins an illustrious panel to test her knowledge of literature.

Mitchell Library / £6 / 8.15pm

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