THE first Crossways festival of Irish Scottish literature is to be held in Glasgow from April 8 to 14.

Based in several venues in the Merchant City, it has been organised by the journal of contemporary writing, Irish Pages.

The second night of Crossways is the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, with other festival events also reflecting the milestone.

Events are free.

Participants include David Park, Bernard MacLaverty, Robert Crawford, Peter Geoghegan, Lesley Riddoch, Kathleen Jamie and more.

GUTTER Magazine has received funding from Creative Scotland of £24,900 to support ongoing publishing.

Gutter publishes Scottish and international prose and poetry.

It seeks out work from emerging writers, many of whom are published for the first time in the magazine.

It is now published independently.

Since parting ways with former publisher Freight Books who ceased trading in 2017, Gutter is now owned and operated by a co-operative board.

Managing editor Henry Bell and lead editors Colin Begg and Kate MacLeary are joined by five other editors – Laura Waddell, Calum Rodger, Robbie Guillory, Katy Hastie, and Ryan Vance.

MORE than twenty musicians from the Scottish traditional music industry will come together at Oban Live 2018 in a collaboration named ‘Sons of Argyll’.

Performing on Friday June 8 at the two-day festival, the project will pay homage to "late inspirational figures from the region that played a key role in the lives and music of the performers involved."

Musicians from Tide Lines, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Blazin’ Fiddles, Trail West and Gunna Sound, as well as this year’s Mòd Gold Medallists, Rachel Walker and Alasdair Currie, members of Oban Gaelic Choir and pipers, Angus MacColl, Angus J MacColl and Stuart Liddell are included in the project line-up.