For the latest podcast, Ali spoke to Aye Write! Book Festival programmer, Bob McDevitt (right) in Glasgow’s CCA (which explains the background ‘atmosphere’). This year’s festival starts on Thursday 15th March, and the two discuss the history of the festival and how it has gradually spread its influence throughout the city from its home at the Mitchell Library. You also learn about what to expect this year, Bob’s personal highlights, the challenges of festival programming, his similar role for Bloody Scotland and the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival, and much, much more.
There are mentions for individuals as diverse as Brett Anderson, Gail Honeyman, Sir James MacMillan, Chris Bonington, Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay, Dr Adele Patrick, and even some Men In Kilts. As a precursor to Aye Write! 2018 it’s the perfect listen, especially when married to the SWH! preview which is over at the website right now.
And Scots Whay Hae! is delighted to be involved in Aye Write! this year, with Ali chairing events with Stuart David, Ten Writers Telling Lies, Mark Cousins, and Alexander Newley. If you make it to one of these events please come and say hello.
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