Today Glasgow’s 2014 Aye Write! Book Festival was launched. There are a few themes running through the festival. There is a definite political thread, not surprising in this highly politically significant year in Scotland. Also sporting and commonwealth threads tying the festival in with the Commonwealth Games which will be hosted here.
This is Scotland so of course poetry, music and art are all in there. I admire the way the organisers can get all this in under the umbrella of a book festival. The nod that the festival gives to Nelson Mandela, Iain Banks and young readers (in the Wee Write! spin off festival) is also welcome.
Unfortunately at first glance there do not seem to be any specific Nordic Noir events but there are a good range of crime events. The Scottish crime writing powerhouse are all there. You can choose from Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and William McIlvanney to name but a few and one event by Stuart MacBride and Gordon Ferris in titled Dark, Dark Noirs and relates to the recent work of both authors.
I wonder if, now that we have the newly established crime writing festival Bloody Scotland, the Aye Write organisers are leaving them to explore specific threads in the crime/noir genre in more detail. We will have to wait until later in the year for all to be revealed!
You can find more info about the Aye Write and Bloody Scotland festivals here: