‘Aye write’ shows off literary talent

John Torode will be at the Aye Write! festival
John Torode will be at the Aye Write! festival

What do the leaders of Scotland’s five biggest political parties, a past winner of the Great British Bake off, the former Governor of the Bank of England, a Blue Peter presenter and a Masterchef judge have in common?

Well, we’ll tell you shall we?All of them will be appearing at this year’s Aye Write Book Festival in Glasgow. The event returns to the Mitchell Library on March 10 and runs until March 20.

Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale, Ruth Davidson, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie will all individually discuss “The Books that Made Me” as part of this years festival. Also appearing will be the former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King who will discuss “Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy” and George Monbiot will look at Politics, Equality and Nature by asking “How did we get in this mess?”

As well as politics and economics, Aye Write! will have a new strand specifically aimed at people who like comics, gaming and unsettling fiction called Aye Con which will feature Christopher Brookmyre, Kirsty Strain and Metaphrog amongst many others.

Also appearing are Frances Quinn, the winner of the Great British Bake off in 2013, comedian Limmy, Joan Bakewell, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Alexei Sayle, Masterchef judge John Torode, Grange Hill and Brookside creator Phil Redmond, former MP Tam Dalyell and Stuart Cosgrove.

Tickets for Aye Write! are on sale now and details of the full programme is available at www.ayewrite.com

Wee Write! has specifically designed a schools and a families day programme on Saturday, March 5 to give younger readers the chance to experience a literary festival.

Get yourselves along for what looks set to be an amazing line-up.