5 essential events at Aye Write! 2016

Much-loved Glasgow book festival Aye Write! returns for its 11th year with another absorbing array of literature and talent.

The festival runs from March 10-20 and features everything from poetry and playwrights to comics and comedians.

For those who can’t wait, Wee Write, aimed at kids, will run from 29 Feb – 5 Mar, plus there are one-off events in the run-up to the main festival.

A full programme will be released online tomorrow (30 Jan), which detail ticket prices and were to find them.

In the meantime, here are a few top picks from Aye Write! 2016.

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson

In a special pre-cursor to the main event, author and documentary maker Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Psychopath Test) is coming to Glasgow for a talk about his new book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. We spoke to him last week about modern phenomenon of public shaming in an in-depth interview.

Competition: Win one of five pairs of tickets to this event

4 Feb, 6:30pm at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall / Tickets can be booked here

Aye Con

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Frank Quitely – TSPL

The newest strand of Aye Write! celebrates the rising popularity of comics. Aye Con is made up of six events featuring graphic novels, gaming and “unsettling” stories.

The one we have our eye on is in the spirit of LGBT History month on the 19th and features guest appearances from comic artists Frank Quitely (New X-Men) and Alan Grant (Judge Dredd).

Tickets for Aye Con can be booked separately or all six for £35 (saving £10). Call 0141 353 8000 and ask for ‘Aye Con Festival Pass’.

Inside Islamic State


Possibly two of the bravest men of our generation, Guardian reporter James Harkin and BBC reporter Andrew Hosken are in Glasgow to talk about their findings while exploring the ideology and methods of the Islamic State.

10 Mar at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, £9



Brian Limond is an endlessly creative comedian, and following three series of Limmy’s Show on BBC Scotland, he’s turned his hand to writing, with Daft Wee Stories. As the title suggests, this is a collection of short tales from the unique mind of one of Scotland’s most original and inventive comic talents.

11 Mar at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, £10

Irvine Welsh

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The festival isn’t over after the 20th, not by a long shot. Among the various added extra events after the festivals completion is an appearance by Irvine Welsh, who will be talking about his new novel The Blade Artist, which reintroduces us to Trainspotting terror Francis Begbie, who is now working as a sculptor in California, unlikely as that sounds.

5 Apr, 6.30pm, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, £10

New events will be added throughout the run-up to the festival so keep an eye on the Aye Write website