It’s bigger, It’s better, It’s back: It’s the Aye Write! Festival

14 March 2019

The Aye Write! festival is returning to Glasgow and this year it promises to be bigger and better.

Founded in 2005, Aye Write! has become a permanent event in Glasgow calendars. Since the festival began in 2007 it has welcomed local and international speakers and writers. Panels and masterclasses are taking place in several venues spread out across the Mitchell Library, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Mitchell Arts Centre.

One of the many master classes available. Photograph: Screenshot from Aye Write Website.

This year’s festival is the biggest yet with more than 250 authors taking part. Previously running only for two weeks, an extra week was added for extra panels and classes this year.

There are over 180 events including author panels and writing classes on character development and dialogue writing. There is also a three-week-long psychological thriller masterclass running during the festival.

Tracy Borman is one of the authors attending the event. Photograph: Screenshot from Aye Write Website.

Author panels will feature writers including Laura Bates, who will be talking about her new young adult novel, The Burning. Historian Hallie Rubenhold will introduce her new book, The Five, which looks at the lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Jeremy Dronfield will also present a panel about his book, The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz.

Aye Festival Programmer, Bob McDevitt spoke of his excitement about the return of the festival: “We are really looking forward to it – it’s a long time in the planning and it’s great to see the venues full and buzzing. Every year is special due to the authors making their first visits to the festival. This year we have year people like Simon Mayo, Louise Minchin, Gill Sims, Kamal Ahmed and Viv Albertine all coming for the first time.”

“Also, we have our ‘Aye Write Introduces’ stand which sees established writers ‘introduce’ a pair of debuts – this year includes actor Richard Lumsden, Anne Griffin & Anstey Harris, both publishing debuts in their fifties and Daisy Johnson, Booker shortlisted for her debut Everything Under.”

The opening night of the festival on 14 March introduced a large variety of talent with several exciting appearances from Gina Miller, Lionel Shriver and the return of the The Fun Lovin Crime Writers.

Members of the public can book events via the website, the phone or directly at the venue where the event is taking place. Prices vary from £5 to £15, for each of author panels or masterclasses.

David Newton, who is attending some of the events said: “I’m very excited about going, it’s always exciting to see more events happening in Glasgow!”

The Aye Write festival also has a wide range of events for children with the Wee Write Festival for Children and Young People. There are several authors, illustrators and storytellers for every age.

The Aye Write! Festival is taking place from 14-31 March, and information on events and panels, is available on their website.

Some of the authors speaking at the event.

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