GLASGOW's book festival, Aye Write! has launched its programme for 2019.

The festival will run from 14 March to 31 March and will feature Gina Miller, Simon Mayo, Lionel Shriver, Jonathan Freedland, Louise Minchin, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, Tracey Thorn, Chris Mullin, Darren McGarvey also known as Loki, and Helena Kennedy.

There will also be a return for Sir Tom Devine, Liz Lochhead, Alex Gray and Ann Cleeves.

Aye Write! will mark Brexit day on March 29 with a session on "what comes next for the UK and the relationship with the EU."

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 17 January.

More than 250 authors will be taking part in over 180 events.

Aye Write! programmer, Bob McDevitt, said: “Given the unprecedented times we live in, it’s hardly a surprise that there was a huge amount of very serious writing to choose from this year.

"But, alongside the politics and current affairs, the Aye Write! programme has some antidotes to the great questions of our age courtesy of a wide range of comedians, musicians, sportspeople, poets, chefs, gardeners and even an examination of the DNA of one of our best known crime writers.

"It’s a great mix, which sees the return of some of our best loved authors and characters coupled with the new, the fascinating and the revelatory."

THE RGI Gallery in Glasgow is to present a new show, Allusion IV, the fourth exhibition by a group of artists working in what they describe as the "narrative" tradition.

The artists involved are Ade Adesina, Reinhard Behrens, June Carey, Jimmy Cosgrove, Jim Dunbar, Helen Flockhart, Ronald Forbes, Neil Macdonald, Neil MacPherson, Alice McMurrough, Gordon Mitchell, Heather Nevay, Murray Robertson, Peter Thomson, James Tweedie, Helen Wilson and Adrian Wiszniewski.

The show runs from 26 January to 23 February, and all works are for sale.

Following the show in March will be an exhibition of the work of a leading photographer, David Eustace.

This marks the first time in its history that the RGI has devoted an entire exhibition to the work of a single photographer.

The exhibition will run from the 2 to 30 March this year.

THE former MSP Kenny MacAskill is to release a new book, Glasgow 1919: The Rise of Red Clydeside.

The book looks at the events in Glasgow in that year, including Bloody Friday, when there were 60,000 demonstrators in George Square.

Its publisher, Biteack Publishing, said: "Now, 100 years on, Kenny MacAskill separates fact from fiction in this adept social history to explore how the events of that fateful day transpired and why their legacy still endures.

"Drawing on original material from speeches and newspaper reports of the time, MacAskill also paints a vivid picture of the solidarity amongst the working class in a rousing testimony to Glasgow’s long radical history."

MacAskill is a former SNP politician, serving as MSP from 1999 to 2016 and as Scottish Justice Secretary from 2007 to 2014.

He is also the author of The Lockerbie Bombing (2016) and Jimmy Reid (2017).