25.1.10

Festivals galore

It's hard to see where Glasgow's festival season begins and ends, as it's pretty much a year long thing. The new St Mungo Festival and Celtic Connections ran in January. February and March see two of my favourite local festivals: the Glasgow Film Festival and Aye Write.

Glasgow Film Festival
This festival started small, but has been gaining momentum every year. The programme has now been released, and there are several must see events including Frightfest, the horror festival within a festival; in conversation with graphic novel author Mark Millar; Zombie Zombie performing the music of John Carpenter at Mono; and the opening gala, which includes a showing of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's new film Micmacs.

Aye Write!
Glasgow's literary festival runs from 5 to 13 March this year. Like the Glasgow Film Festival, this one started small, and only recently really began to schedule unmissable events. I'm looking forward to seeing poet Carol Ann Duffy, crime writer Val McDermid, Denise Mina discussing writing for graphic novels with Bryan Talbot, and my absolute favourite critic and cultural icon, Germaine Greer.

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