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The packed programme includes sessions by internationally renowned Scottish authors Iain Banks, Alexander McCall Smith and Alasdair Grayamongst more. The timing of the festival coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Gray’s epic novel, Lanark: A Life in Four Books and will be celebrated with a major exhibition in the Mitchell Library running from the Friday 4 March until Thursday 21 May.
Literary history is not only celebrated in this year’s programme but also the history of Scotland itself. Author Andy Wightman discusses his book The Poor Had No Lawyers with Ray Perman whose The Man Who Gave Away His Island: A Life of John Lorne Campbell of Canna tells how Campbell bought the Isle to preserve part of the traditional Gaelic culture and show that efficient farming methods could be compatible with wildlife conservation and sustainability.
Aye Write! also sees appearances from renowned cartoonist, the visual artist and RM favourite, David Shrigley and musician come author James Yorkston. The Domino Press, the new publishing imprint of Domino Records, has recently published Yorkston’s It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent, its first book.
The Scottish Poetry Slam Championship Final on Friday 4 March will be a light-hearted opportunity for budding rhymers and rappers to impress the festival judges.