Reading – This Week
Rodge will be reading new work from novel-in-progress Once a Great Leader alongside the Glaswegian writer Anne Donovan (author of the novels Buddha Da, Gone are the Leaves and Being Emily) at 3pm this coming Thursday 12th April, in the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. Tickets are FREE but can be booked in advance here.
This reading is part of the Crossways, a new festival run by Editor of the Irish Pages, Chris Agee, aimed at forging new cultural and literary links between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and their various diasporas. The festival takes place from Monday 9th – 15th April 2018 and features a stellar cast of prose writers, poets and filmmakers from both sides of the Irish Sea – look out especially for David Kinloch, Robert Crawford, Bernie McGill, Beatrice Colin, Alan Gillis and Bernard MacLaverty. You can find the full programme here.
The particular aim of Crossways is to foster and expand the rather weak literary links between Ireland and Scotland across the North Channel. It brings together notable Irish writers, musicians, filmmakers and cultural figures – from both North and South – together with their Scottish peers, in a well-planned and well-balanced Festival focussing on the longstanding contribution of Irish people, history, language, culture and writing to both Glasgow and the Scottish nation. The overall balance is about one-third Irish, one-third Diaspora Irish-Scottish, and one-third Scottish.
All events are free across the four venues. Advance booking is not available for Monday and Tuesday at City Halls. But it is recommended that advance booking be made for those Wednesday through Saturday at the Tron Theatre (Box office: 0141 353 8000 /via “Search” function at www.tron.co.uk). Admission will otherwise be on a first come, first served basis for all events. The Recital Room at City Halls holds no more 120. Babbity Bowster, the Vic Bar at the Tron, and Blackfriars Basement have a seating capacity of around 50. Early arrival is therefore advised. Brochures will be distributed widely through the Merchant City and Glasgow, and can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.