You can’t go wrong at Aye Write

Hooray! Today Aye Write  kicks off until Saturday 20 April. There’s so much choice that I hardly know where to start. Where else can you go from ballet shows to disco moves while tackling sacred subjects like football and whisky?

Ballet dreams and bedsits

Tracey Thorn Bedsit Disco Queen at Aye Write 2013Darcy Bussell the epitome of my girlhood ballerina dream  lets you peer into classic performances of Swan Lake and  The Nutcracker Suite,  while one half of Everything but the Girl – Tracey Thorn –   reveals memories of dodgy bedsits and her pop career in Bedsit Disco Queen.  And I can’t wait to reunite with the disco queen whose music saw me through my teen years.

And there’s a serious side to the festival too with Amnesty International hosting an Aye Write author’s event, reminding us of the writers who are not free to express their ideas and opinions.  Come along, hear the words of people who are at the forefront of action for human rights and explore the issues of freedom of expression.

Something for the fam

Not just readings and talks, Aye Writer also offers up  lots of performance events for both kids and adults.   For instance, you can check out award-winning novelist and stage performer Alan Bissett as he delves into the world of storytelling with a high energy form of ‘stand-up literature’.

Get involved

And if you want to unleash your creativity, join one of the spectacular creative writing workshops on offer.

Events range from free to £12 – so not to be missed!  So go on, explore talks and readings with great Scottish authors like Denise Mina, Jackie Kay, Alasdair Gray, Louise Welch-  to name only  a few. But quick it’s selling out fast.

– B

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