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Aye Write! programme 'a belter'
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The literary festival celebrates work from across Glasgow
The line-up for Glasgow's Aye Write! literary festival has been unveiled.

More than 120 sessions with Scottish and international writers and broadcasters will be held in the city's Mitchell Library from 16 February.

Aye Write! aims to encourage more reading and writing. A free week-long children's festival for schools will also take place.

The Scottish Arts Council, which is among festival sponsors, described the 2007 programme as "a belter".

Highlights include military historian Antony Beevor, cartoonist Steve Bell and "chick lit" authors Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan.

'First preview'

Best-selling author William Boyd, John Burnside, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year in 2006, John Banville, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize and novelist Howard Jacobson will appear.

Broadcaster Michael Buerk will discuss contemporary media, while Kate Adie and Jonathan Kaplan speak about working in the "world's worst areas".

Karen Cunningham, director of the festival, said: "Our aim was to create a programme that highlighted the best Glasgow and Scottish writers as well as bring international writers to the city.

"We are delighted with the quality of our 2007 programme which appeals to all that love writing and books."

Aye Write! will have the first preview of Iain Banks's new novel, The Steep Approach to Garbadale and the philosophy underpinning the cartoon The Simpsons with Julian Baggini.

'Remarkable flair'

The 2007 festival examines the question of slavery, in the year of the 200th anniversary of the act of abolition of the slave trade.

Speakers at a major debate will include crime writer and black historian Mike Phillips and Clare Short MP.

Gavin Wallace, head of literature for the Scottish Arts Council, said: "Aye Write! has established itself on Scotland's literary map with remarkable rapidity and flair - it is hard to believe it began only two years ago.

"The 2007 programme is a belter."

West of Scotland writers are represented - Bernard MacLaverty reads from a new collection of short stories.

The opening night is devoted to the work of Liz Lochhead, Tom Leonard and William MacIlvanney.

And there is an evening with Alasdair Gray.


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