Many people fear the dark, but the light can be much more dangerous. Are some things best kept hidden? This question underlies the new poetry collections of Kathrine Sowerby (House However) and Gerry Loose (night exposures), which seek to illuminate some of the more obscure areas of human experience. Join us for an evening of poetry readings and conversation with these two poets, followed by a book signing. The event will take place at the wonderfully cosy Waterstones Byres (on Byres Road in Glasgow). No tickets necessary, but we encourage you to RSVP on our Facebook page.
With a Scottish professor of politics as his guide, a London-based Italian journalist named Cinico traverses Scotland seeking a “big story” on the independence referendum. Beyond exploring Scotland’s political scene and its place in Europe, Cinico’s stories examine how Europeans interpret each other and, more generally, how people interrelate within a social context. Allan Cameron will explore the themes of passion, cynicism and rebellion in politics through the lens of political writing and his satirical novel, Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum. The event, hosted at the cosy, colourful Waterstones Byres (on Byres Road in Glasgow), will include readings and a Q&A. Stick around afterwards for complimentary drinks and a book signing.
From the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme: “Kathrine Sowerby’s new collection House However presents short, staccato poems which move with the rhythm of thought. Abstract and profound, her sharp writing needles equally at the heart and mind.” She’ll be performing alongside David Harsent, whose poetry is described as “intense, primal and eerie”. Tickets cost £12 (£10). For more information and to book tickets, please visit the event page at edbookfest.co.uk or call 0345 373 5888.
Join us at Waterstones Byres Road to celebrate the launch of Heather Richardson's historical novel, Doubting Thomas, a tale of sex, drugs and blasphemy in 17th C Edinburgh! Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Join us for the launch of Against Miserabilism, a posthumous collection of essays by the late David Widgery. The evening will include readings and a Q&A with contributors to the book (including colleagues and family members of David Widgery). Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Join us at Word Power's Lighthouse bookshop on 21 September to launch Allan Cameron's Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum. The usual readings, Q&A and signing will occur. Admission is free and all are welcome.
As part of Glasgow's West end Festival, Allan Cameron will be at Waterstones Byres on 22 June to discuss his latest book, Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum, in which a narrator pretends to be an author and a perverse author pretends to be a translator who in his ensuing confusion drinks himself to death, causing a dispute between the fictional editor, the fictional author, his fictional wife and the translator's fictional widow, solely to illustrate the enlightened and enlightening chaos of translation, when the true purpose of this novel is to present conflicting views on nation, nationalism, power, class and the Scottish referendum. All are welcome.
Harry Giles, whose poetry appears in Be the First to Like This and Our Real Red Selves, will be at the Ullapool Book Festival in an event chaired by Peggy Hughes on Friday, 5 May at 3.30 p.m. Tickets are £8. For more details please visit the Ullapool Book Festival website.