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Writers to tell their stories of independence

Writers to tell their stories of independence

A series of literary readings about independence and the referendum will take place this Sunday at the Oran Mor auditorium in Glasgow.

Ten of Scotland's leading writers will read and talk about the coming vote, including Neal Ascherson, Liz Lochhead, Aonghas MacNeacail, Meg Bateman, John Glenday, Kathleen Jamie, Andrew Greig, James Robertson, Robert Crawford and Alasdair Gray.

The free event has been organized by the poet and editor Chris Agee, currently the Keith Wright Literary Fellow (writer-in-residence) at the University of Strathclyde. He is also editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing.

Mr Agee said: "My idea was to get a line-up of really outstanding writers from Scotland in a kind of fun, literary celebration of the positive potential of independence."

The event begins at 1pm.

l oran-mor.co.uk

Stitch your way into history

THE Great Tapestry of Scotland will return to the Scottish Parliament on the 15th anniversary of its official opening this week.

The Presiding Officer will launch a call for people from across Scotland to help stitch a new People's Panel. The panel will be a "colourful commemoration of the Scottish Parliament building and its link to the tapestry" designed by artist Andrew Crummy.

Once complete the People's Panel will go on permanent display as part of the Parliament's art collection.

l scotlandstapestry.com

West End's Festival ends

AFTER a month of more than 400 cultural and community events, the 19th West End Festival finished with a free music event in the recently refurbished Kelvingrove bandstand.

Michael Dale, WEF's founder and festival director, said there were 410 events with attendances of more than 160,000 to both the free and paid-for shows.

l westendfestival.co.uk

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