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Byres Road Book Festival
Sep
22
to Sep 25

Byres Road Book Festival

·      29 authors

·      28 events

·      1 Live Action Cartoon

·      4 Days

·      4 Venues

·      Endless Imagination and Hours of Fun

 

 

The Byres Road Book Festival returns bigger and better for 2017 with this year’s four-day programme seeing 29 top authors including Malachy Tallack, McIlvanney Prize 2017 winner Chris Brookmyre, Douglas Skelton, and Gail Honeyman bringing fiction, fantasy, history and superheroes to Glasgow’s Byres Road over the September weekend (September 22nd to September 25th).

 

Returning for its second outing, the festival hub remains west with Hillhead Library, Waterstones, and the Oxfam Book and Music shops once again binding the literary magic for book lovers.

 

28 exciting events, drop in sessions and fun activities are planned over four days, with organisers hoping to attract more than 1000 visitors to the festival.

 

Returning strands for this year include crime, and celebrated author Chris Brookmyre will kickstart festival proceedings at Hillhead Library with an open floor on his latest Jack Parlabane novel ‘Want You Gone’ which delves into cyber crime. (Friday, 22nd Sept, Hillhead Library, 6pm) Crime fans will get excited over a Bloody Scotland panel session led by Sara Sheridan and Louise Welsh as they explore how they reimagined spaces to incorporate the sinister side of Scotland's built heritage into storytelling. (Sunday, 24th September, Hillhead Library, 5:30pm)

 

Adding a new comic strand, new to the festival are the poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan alongside leading cartoonist Tony Husband, who are bringing their unique improvised fun to Hillhead Library, performing a live cartoon history of here, reflecting on local life, poems and stories. Not to be missed, this one-off event is for audiences of all ages and is sure to make you laugh. (Friday, 22nd September, Hillhead Library, 7:30 – 9pm)

 

Meanwhile, Witty Women will see BBC Broadcaster and newly appointed chair of the Gaelic Books Council, Catriona Murray host a loquacious panel session with authors Mairi E. MacLeod, Maureen Macleod and Seonag Monk who will each give their perspectives on Gaelic culture and broadcasting. Expect this to fast-paced, humorous and a refreshing insight on Saturday 23rd September (Hillhead Library, 3 – 4pm)

 

Across the road in Waterstones, Polly Clark will host a reading from her mysterious debut novel Larchfield. Utterly captivating, this beautiful story has critics swooning and is a fictional account of WH Auden's time living and working in Helensburgh. Join Polly from 7pm until 8:30pm (Saturday, 23rd September, Waterstones, 7pm)

 

On Sunday prepare to be taken on an exploration journey as Malachy Tallack explores his

Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes' book, making you question the whereabouts of continents and islands across the globe. (Sunday, 24th September, Hillhead Library, 2pm)

Get your rocks off; the mystique continues as Martin St. John recounts his life in Glasgow punk rock band Primal Scream, with musical performances and readings from his autobiography 'Psychedelic Confessions of a Primal Screamer'. (Sunday, 24th September, Oxfam Music Shop, 7pm)

 

Bank holiday Monday is a family affair, as top children’s’ authors taking over Byres Road. Alan Dapré starts the day with Porridge – not breakfast but his light-hearted novel about a tartan cat, purring through zany family adventures one feline paw at a time. Suitable for kids aged between seven and nine, they won’t paws for breath between readings. (Monday, 25th September, Oxfam Bookshop, 10:30am)

 

Budding superheroes can hear how to supercharge their creative writing by Paul Bristow who will share ‘The Superpower Project’ – a session dedicated to crafting wondrous caped crusaders and mysterious magical heroines from the depths of your imagination. Aimed at children aged eight to 12. (Monday, 25th September, Hillhead Library, 1:30pm)

 

Continuing to sprinkle creative magic along Byres Road, Oxfam Book shop will host Superhero Day from 11am until 4pm, with storytelling, a superhero selfie station and a ‘design a superhero’ competition. Dress up as your favourite comic book character and head along for supercharged fun. (Monday, 25th September, Oxfam Bookshop, 11am)

 

 

Byres Road & Lanes Business Improvement District Project Manager Deborah Murray explains:

 

“The 2017 Byres Road Book Festival programme has something for everyone.  With 28 events, we are really excited to celebrate the vibrant literary landscape with the city. From superheroes to live cartoons and the ever-popular crime genre, we aimed to craft a programme that inspires and delights audiences of all ages and encourages you to leaf through our festival.

 

“Returning over the September weekend in Glasgow, it’s a great day out, so snap up a ticket for one of our unusual events and help us celebrate the city’s love of literature.”

 

Tickets are now available for all events. They went quickly last year; attendees are urged to register quickly as limited tickets are available for each event. Download the programme here Click here to download your programme

 

The festival will offer audiences of all ages a chance to connect with some of their favourite authors in an interactive and novel way; embracing the local and celebrating the universal.  Tickets for all events are free, but some events for adults in Hillhead library will have a booking fee. Sign up to updates from www.byresroadbookfestival.com

 

Find out more & buy tickets at www.byresroadbookfestival.com

 

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Open air cinema: Bill at the Botanics
Aug
17
to Aug 20

Open air cinema: Bill at the Botanics

Visit West End is pleased to announce the return of open air cinema screenings in the Botanic Gardens on the 17th,18th,19th & 20th of August. 

We will be showing the following films for Bill in the Botanics, a celebration of the work of director Bill Forsyth:

Thursday 17th August That Sinking Feeling (1979)

Friday 18th August Comfort & Joy (1984)

Saturday 19th August Gregory's Girl (1981)

Sunday 20th August Local Hero (1983)


Entrance will be permitted from 8.30pm from the Queen Margaret Drive entrance. The film starts at 9pm.

To book tickets see our box office links below.

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Glasgow Mela
Jul
17
12:00 PM12:00

Glasgow Mela

Glasgow Mela - Scotland's biggest free multicultural festival - is back in 2016 with a brand new date! We are moving to 17 July 2016 but keeping our fabulous home in the west end's beautiful Kelvingrove Park. 

On Sunday 17 July 2016 Glasgow Mela will be bursting with live music and theatre performances, exotic and mouth-watering foods from around the globe and fun for all ages. Shop for unique gifts and dazzling clothes in the marketplace before chilling out in the summer sun to the sounds of the world.

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Secret Life of Pets and Animal Zoo Party
Jul
17
10:30 AM10:30

Secret Life of Pets and Animal Zoo Party

Join the Grosvenor cinema on the 17th July for a special screening of the Secret Life of Pets followed by a Petting Zoo in the cafe with Ducks, rabbits, turtles and more!

Tickets are priced at £15 for kids and £10 for adults

Included in the price is the cinema ticket, buffet, juice, tea and coffee for adults, facepainting, arts and crafts and the animal zoo.

Film Starts at 10.30am with the party taking place straight after on the Mezzanine. 

Tickets can be bought over the phone on 0845 166 6002, on  or in person in the Grosvenor Cinema

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Mad Hatter's Family Tea Party
Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Mad Hatter's Family Tea Party

Wander down the cobbles of Ashton Lane and into the magical world of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland. To celebrate the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Grosvenor is hosting a special Kids Club screening in the cinema, followed by a fun-filled Family Tea Party upstairs in the Cafe with cakes aplenty to go round! 

Go to the West End Festival's website for more info

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Nature Trail with the Gruffalo
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

Nature Trail with the Gruffalo

An afternoon of nature trails for young people and their grown ups. Youngsters are on a mission to find 12 gruffalo pictures in the park while older kids are tasked with discovering the 48 ‘commonwealth’ plants and trees in the gardens.

This is a fundraising event with all funds raised going towards new playground equipment for Dunard Primary School.

Meet at Kibble Palace. Suggested donation is £2.

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Byres Road Spring Celebration
Apr
9
to Apr 17

Byres Road Spring Celebration

Spring is at our doorstep and Byres Road and lanes are celebrating with games, face painting and special promotions in over forty shops and restaurants.

Join us on Saturday 9th April, when Ruthven and Cresswell Lanes will be bustling with activity from 12noon – 4pm. It'll be a fun day for all ages, and best of all: it's free!

* Face painting
* Children's Games with Operation Play Outdoors
* Special visit from The Rainbow Bubble Fairy

* Crafts with Nana Momo Makes

... and more to be announced soon!

Look out for our friendly helpers, who will be distributing The Little Book of Big Discounts, containing special offers in many of our businesses. The booklet gives you discounts on your food bill, shopping and services. Most offers run from 9th-17th April, giving you nine whole days to make use of them. All participating businesses will be stocking them in advance, so make sure to pick one up.

Take this opportunity to explore the West End and discover your new favourite spot; our booklet comes with a map, guiding you to some of the best places in the West End!

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