Literary heroes, comedy superstars and Booker Prize winners are among the star names announced for Aye Write! - Glasgow’s book festival.
The festival, which is now in its ninth year, will bring more than 150 renowned authors and speakers to the city for a huge celebration of books and writing.
Aye Write! will also be a central part of Glasgow’s Culture 2014 celebrations, with many of the festival’s events marking the Commonwealth Games, and featuring writing and writers from across the Commonwealth.
Festival organisers have unveiled their most eclectic line-up yet and have scheduled a rich programme of events, talks and debates to run at the Mitchell Library from April 4-12.
Aye Write! will launch with a unique event to mark the life of one of the greatest Commonwealth leaders of all time, and honorary Glaswegian, Nelson Mandela.
Glasgow will then welcome 2013 Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, who is travelling from New Zealand, to be part of Aye Write! in this special year for the city.
Meanwhile, A S Byatt, winner of the Booker and Commonwealth Writers Prize, will appear to discuss her varied career and the writers who inspired her.
Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of shamed MP Chris Huhne, will appear at Aye Write! less than a year after being released from prison.
Accepting her husband’s driving penalty points resulted in a jail sentence for perverting the course of justice – but it also led to the economist producing a book on the country’s failing prison system.
She will discuss her ideas for change with Derek McGill, the governor of HMP Barlinnie.
Frankie Boyle will make his debut at Aye Write!, sharing with audiences the books that helped sharpen his wit and build his controversial career.
Fellow comedian Al Murray comes to Glasgow and ditches the Pub Landlord image to reveal his childhood obsession with war films, Commando comics – and Action Man.
Aye Write! will celebrate Scots literary legends with several special events.
The poetry of the late Iain Banks will be read out publicly for the first time in a tribute to the Scottish writer.
Aye Write! will also host the launch of Alasdair Gray’s autobiography, along with talks by William McIlvanney and Liz Lochhead.
The festival’s diverse range of speakers also includes Sally Magnusson, Gail Porter, Susan Calman, Kirsty Wark, Sophie Hannah, and much more.
Karen Cunningham, Aye Write! Director and Head of Glasgow Libraries, said: “We are excited about bringing so many renowned authors and speakers to Glasgow in this very special year for the city. Aye Write! will be at the heart of the Culture 2014 celebrations and our diverse programme of events will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience.
“We are proud to announce that three Booker Prize winners, along with a host of national and international writers, will be featuring in this year’s festival. But there continues to be a strong focus on Scottish writing, and it’s an honour to stage the exclusive events for Alasdair Gray and the late Iain Banks.”
For the full programme of events and more information visit: www.ayewrite.com
Tickets can be bought via the website, by calling 0141 353 8000, or in person at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.