Art at Aye Write!

Aye Write! Glasgow’s celebration of books is now on. We take a look at the arty book events happening as part of the festival’s fantastic line-up of authors, poets and writers.

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Dianne Watters – St Peter’s, Cardross
9 March 2017, 6pm, Mitchell Library

Designed by Glasgow architects Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of the distinguished [amazon_textlink asin=’1873190581′ text=’Gillespie, Kidd and Coia’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’artscotlandin-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’8d8c836b-04e4-11e7-aa83-356a0e062aa3′] architectural practice for the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow, St Peter’s was completed and consecrated in 1966. However, the building was only in use as a training college for priests for 14 years.

After 30 years of abandonment and decline the buildings, thought of as the most significant post-war modern building in Scotland, are now registered as one of the World Monuments Fund’s most endangered cultural landmarks.

Dianne Watters’ book, St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal, is a historian’s account of the real story of St Peter’s College: an exploration of how one of Scotland’s most singular buildings became one of its most troubled – and most celebrated. An image essay by NVA Creative Director Angus Farquhar recounts how his arts organisation came to play the key role in the renewal of the buildings.

Writer and artist John Byrne talks about “Books that Made Me”
10 March 2017, 6pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

One of Scotland’s favourite artists and writers,  John Byrne will discuss the about the most important books in his life at the first of the Festival’s “Books that Made Me” events.

The writer of the television series Tutti Frutti, which made stars of Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson, whose play The Slab Boys was acknowledged as a groundbreaking moment in Scottish theatre,

John will be talking to Clare English about the most important books in his life.

Louise Wylie & Jan Patience – The Making of George Wyllie
12 Mar 2017, 1:15pm, CCA

The Making of George Wyllie has been co-written by the acclaimed artist’s elder daughter, Louise Wyllie, and arts journalist Jan Patience. Giving an insight into Wyllie’s influences and early life, this book seeks to answer questions about the forces which shaped Wyllie’s unique worldview.

The book begins in with Wyllie’s Glasgow childhood, then details spent serving in the Pacific with the Royal Navy during WWII, where he witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the world’s first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

After the war, like Robert Burns and Adam Smith before him, Wyllie became an Excisemen. He made ‘time for art’ in his forties, going on to create memorable public artworks such as the life-sized Straw Locomotive, which hung from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow, and the giant seaworthy Paper Boat, with the letters QM (Question Mark) on her side. By the time of his death at the age of ninety in 2012, this idiosyncratic self-taught artist had laid out his vision of himself as the artist-shaman, arrow in hand, making a last Cosmic Voyage.

Chris Leslie – Disappearing Glasgow
16 Mar 2017, 7:45pm, Mitchell Library

The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. A quarter of Glasgow’s high-rises have been demolished in less than 10 years.

Throughout that time, photographer Chris Leslie has documented the condemned housing schemes alongside the thoughts, memories and lost livelihoods of residents; the disappearance of entire communities.

His book, edited by Johnny Rodger, documents an era of spectacular change.

Anne Galastro – Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place
18 March 2017, 11:30am, Mitchell Library

Anne Galastro’s book about artist Joan Eardley has been published to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh which is showing until 21 May 2017.

Born in Sussex in 1921, Joan Eardley moved to Glasgow in 1940 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Her paintings of children playing in rundown tenements and her Catterline landscapes are among the most celebrated works in Scottish art. Tragically, her career was cut short at the age of 42 by cancer.

Galastro’s book contains images of the works never been published before, features maps showing the exact locations where the artist completed her works and includes extracts from the artist’s letters. At this event, she will Anne Galastro’s talk will provide a detailed account of Eardley’s life and art.

Aye Write! starts on March 9 and runs until March 19 and is staged across three venues including The Mitchell, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and, for the first time, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts

Details of the entire programme and information of how to book tickets at

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