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For the Joy of Reading: This is Memorial Device

My first shock came in the second paragraph.   “This isn’t Manchester or London or fucking Chingford.   This is Airdrie.”   For those of us who lived near Chingford in the 1980s, the idea of it as a cultural centre is astonishing.   493 more words

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Arts Review: A Hebridean Journey with Madeleine Bunting - Aye Write 2017

The Mitchell Library, 19th March

Nations define themselves by the stories they tell, and often these are the stories of edges and border. The Cliffs of Dover, for example, are an iconic image of the United Kingdom, separating the country from the sea and mainland Europe beyond. 432 more words

Arts Review: Welcome to Nigeria – Aye Write 2017

CCA, 12th March

Nigerian writing is in vogue at the moment, and for good reason. Like many of their compatriots, the two speakers at this Aye Write panel, Ayobami Adebayo and Chibundu Onuzo, are funny, exciting and up-and-coming novelists. 351 more words

Arts Review: The Makars – Aye Write 2017

The Mitchell Library, 11th March 2017

A makar is the poet of a place. On Saturday evening in the Mitchell Library, the voices of Scotland were heard aloud in the performances of previous Scottish makar Liz Lochhead, Glasgow’s makar Jim Carruth, and the current makar of Scotland Jackie Kay. 331 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Ragdoll

Daniel Cole has the kind of imagination that you would not want to meet on a dark night. Or indeed, in the bright morning sunshine.   The first thing that happens is that a serial killer is acquitted, and violently assaulted by Wolf, the police officer leading the investigation. 400 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Akram's War

It is a very brave author who makes the central character of his book a Jihadist suicide-bomber.   But that is exactly what Nadim Safdar does.   This is a very careful examination of , someone’s state of mind, of the factors that prepare someone for such a fateful, fatal decision. 463 more words

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Glasgow Gallivanting: March 2017

In March, we gallivanted as far away as Budapest! More, much more, to come on that in due course.

So what else has been going on? 896 more words