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Aye Write! celebrates Culture 2014

Literature and Spoken Word

Part of the Culture 2014 programme, this year’s Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival will have a distinctive Commonwealth flavour.

Taking place from 4 to 12 April 2014 at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, Aye Write! will open with a special event in tribute to one of the greatest Commonwealth leaders of all time – and an honorary Glaswegian – Nelson Mandela.

Those who knew Mandela and campaigned on his behalf will remember his historic visit to Glasgow in 1993. ‘Glasgow Celebrates Mandela’ will be hosted by Brian Filling – Chair of the Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement – with guests including Mara Louw, who famously danced with Mandela in George Square.

Throughout Aye Write!, a number of events will focus on the Commonwealth and writing.

> Winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, AS Byatt discusses her career and inspirations in ‘The Books That Made Me’ (8 April 2014).
> Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (New Zealand) is in discussion with Damon Galgut (South Africa) and Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan), as part of ‘Writing the Commonwealth’ (9 April 2014).
> Our cultural relationship with the Caribbean will be brought bang up to date in ‘The Untold Story: By Our Own Tongues’ – featuring two Caribbean writers who join Aye Write! as part of a writing residency in Glasgow (11 April 2014).
> A diverse panel of talented writers – Tendai Huchu, Chiew-Siah Tei and Kei Miller – will discuss ‘The Commonwealth in Fiction’ (12 April).

Find more fascinating literature events which are part of Culture 2014.

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