“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books”

–Jorge Luis Borges

Well this pretty much sums up what life is like for us now that the 2017 Byres Road Book Festival has ended!!

4 Days of readings, signings, poetry, cartoons, superheroes and lots of coffee drinking are over! At Book Fest HQ everyone is having a wee lie down and a well deserved rest after a jam packed weekend at Oxfam Books, Waterstones & Hillhead Library.


Rather than give you a jealousy inducing blow by blow account of the weekend, team Book Fest felt that a picture is worth a thousand words (or so they say) so here is BRBF 17 in pics!

Thunderpoint Publishing Showcase and Tom Russell featured on Thursday as teaser events to the main festival with full houses for each!

We were honoured to have Chris Brookmyre launch the festival back in June and he remains one of our most popular authors for the second year running.

Discussing his most recent book “Want You Gone” which had been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize Chris kicked off proceedings on Friday evening.

Hilarity was the aim of the aim of the game for BBC’s  Ian McMillan & Tony Husband as tears were shed in this quick witted live action cartoon extravaganza.

Gail Honeyman discussed her debut novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” which addresses the very touching subject of loneliness at her .sold out appearance in Waterstones.

David Eyre & Witty Women (Catriona Murray,Mairi E Macleod, Maureen Macleod & Seonag Monk) expanded the festival genres with a dedicated Gaelic strand on Saturday.

Four (slightly serious looking) crime writers searched for a semblance of a plot of Saturday with the help of a rubber duck and a tea cosy. Your eyes don’t deceive you!! We really did say that!

Maggie O’Farrell detailed her many brushes with death during a sell-out appearance at Hillhead library plus we enjoyed the company of a famous face in the form of actress Kelly MacDonald of Train Spotting & Goodnight Christopher Robin fame.

The gang at Hillhead library and Visit Westend working their best model pose in this year’s must have fashion accessory…….. the Byres Road Book Festival T-Shirt!

Hillhead library was originally built in 1975, still retains many original features and has recently been listed as a category B Historic Environment Scotland’s list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It plays host to many of our events throughout the course of the festival.

Another sartorial display of our fabulous BRBF apparel designed by SevenFive Creative and modelled by the wonderful team at Waterstones Byres Road. Waterstones is one third of what we like to describe as our trio of book based assets at the head of Byres Road, firmly established now following its arrival in 2015.

Monday was family day focusing on children’s authors and free activities to keep little ones entertained including a fancy dress competition at Oxfam Books, tongue twisting competition and storytelling from Alan Dapre, Paul Bristow & Lari Don.

There was of course so much more than we can mention in just one post! Big thanks to our partners Glasgow LifeOxfam BooksWaterstones and Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor here’s the best of the rest!!

If you have any photos of your festival experience please share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Thanks to Digitalpict Photography and Oxfam Byres Road Books for our images.

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