Comics @ Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival 2017

Aye Write! 2017The Glasgow Book Festival Aye Write! returns to the city from 9th to 19th March 2017 of this year with a multitude of bookish talks, discussions and workshops over three locations, the Mitchell Library, Aye Write’s spiritual home, as well as the nearby Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA) and, for the events featuring big names of the business, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

 

In recent years Aye Write has featured comics, graphic novels and their creators and this year is no exception with a varied selection of workshops on how to write and draw comics and talks by a selection of comic creators.

There are more details of all the Aye Write! events and how to buy tickets at the Aye Write! website.

Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels
Thursday 9th March
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Mitchell Library
Tickets: £15

Based on the courses and instructional books by Will Eisner, John McShane will explain how to write in words and pictures.

Paul Cornell
Paul Cornell. Photo: Tor Books

Paul Cornell
Friday 10th March
6:00PM – 7:00PM
CCA
Tickets: £6

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics and TV, one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media.

Julia Scheele and Fionnuala Doran – Queer History In Comics
Friday 10th March
7:45PM – 8:45PM
CCA
Tickets: £6

Julia Scheele (Queer: A Graphic History) and Fionnuala Doran (The Trial of Roger Casement) will be discussing LGBTQ+ History as depicted in their work.

Emma Vieceli. Photo: Lisa Curtis Photography
Emma Vieceli. Photo: Lisa Curtis Photography

Emma Vieceli: Comic Drawing Masterclass
Saturday 11th March
11:30AM – 12:30PM
Mitchell Library
Tickets: £10

Emma’s work includes: The Adventures of Supergirl for DC, Doctor Who for Titan comics and the critically acclaimed independent web series, BREAKS.

Emma Vieceli – Aye Con
Saturday 11th March
1:15PM – 2:15PM
CCA
Tickets: £6

As part of the festival’s Aye Con strand this will be a talk at a different venue to the above workshop.

Maria Stoian and Una – Feminism in Comics
Sunday 12th March
3:00PM – 4:00PM
CCA
Tickets: £6

Join Maria Stoian (It Is Not a Compliment) and Una (Becoming Unbecoming) and chair Sasha de Buyl-Pisco as they discuss the different ways that creators use comics and cartooning as a medium for sharing feminist viewpoints.

In addition to the main Aye Write! festival and preceding it in February there is a junior festival called Wee Write! which includes a workshop by Viz writer/artist John Fardell focussing on his children’s storybooks. There are more details at the Wee Write website.

Comic Workshop with John Fardell
Saturday 25th February
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Mitchell Library
Tickets: £5

Join the author-illustrator of Manfred the Baddie and The Day Louis Got Eaten for this fun interactive workshop with lots of tips, techniques and inspiration to create exciting comic strips and picture stories. A must for budding comic strip writers. Suitable for 8+ years.

Jeremy Briggs

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