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The Irish Scottish Cultural & Literary Festival
Monday 9 April through Sunday 15 April 2018
Merchant City, Glasgow

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 sales@irishpages.org.

Crossways Programme of Events

Specific Links to All Events at the Vic Bar, Tron Theatre

Wednesday, 11 April

3.00pm – 4.30pm
A Fiction Reading
Sheila Llewellyn and Andrew Meehan
8.30pm – 10.00pm
The Irish-in-Scotland Reading
Donal McLaughlin, Donny O’Rourke and Miriam Gamble

Thursday, 12 April

3.00pm – 4.30pm
A Fiction Reading
Rodge Glass and Anne Donovan
8.30pm – 10.00pm
An Irish-English Reading
Professor Alan Titley reading from Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s classic Cré na Cille/Dusty Dirt, in Irish and English.

Friday, 13 April

3.00pm – 4.30pm
New Poets
Ciaran O’Rourke, Ciara MacLaverty and Stewart Sanderson
8.30pm –10.00pm
Scots Reading & Issue Launch of Irish Pages
Chris Agee, Scott Hames, Brian Holton and Stephen Dornan

Saturday, 14 April

3.00pm – 4.30pm
A Fiction Reading
Bernie McGill and Beatrice Colin
8.30pm – 10.00pm
Jen Hadfield and Moya Cannon