This Saturday, 1 December, I’m back from my French connection to compere a really exciting event, New Writers at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow! It’s part of the huge celebrations going down for Book Week Scotland, which – if you have been hiding under a rock or living in a hotel in rural France – kicked off on Monday and run through this weekend.

Saturday features Book Week’s Pop Up Festival, an awesome idea that runs from ten in the morning til long after the wintery sundown with kids’ events, discussion panels, writing and illustration workshops, and a barnstorming Literary Death Match (featuring Christopher Brookmyre and Kevin Williamson vs Joe Dunthorne and Graham Joyce) to bring the booky bacchanalia to a close. The New Writers lineup at features eight winners of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards, who will each have a ten-minute slot to give us a taster of their work. Here’s your cheat sheet for the evening:


Katerina Vasiliou

Roy Gill

Andrew Sclater

Claire Askew


Allan Radcliffe

Roushan Martens

Thom Laycock

Katy McAulay

The whole day’s festivities are free and will be massive fun. Totally worth coming home for. Info on the entire day’s events are available here, and the info hub on Book Week here. See you Saturday!