THE noted American writer James Ellroy is coming to Glasgow next week to talk about his first book in five years.

He will be appearing at Saint Lukes on Bain Street on 29 May to talk about this novel The Storm.

Ellroy will be interviewed by Scottish crime writer Doug Johnstone.

It is the second novel in Ellroy's second LA Quartet, a historical crime novel set in Los Angeles and Mexico after the attack on Pearl Harbour.

Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948.

He is the author of the ‘Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy’ – American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand and Blood’s a Rover – and the ‘L.A. Quartet’ novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz.

Over 1.5 million copies of his books have been sold in the UK. He lives in Colorado.

A NEW new live artwork, inspired by writer Nan Shepherd’s masterpiece, The Living Mountain, opens next week in the Cairngorms.

The work, which runs from 30 May to June, brings together dance, song and a guided walk.

It has been developed over the past six years by artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon, in collaboration with hundreds of women who live and work in the Cairngorm Mountain Range.

At the project’s heart is The Living Mountain, Shepherd’s celebrated book charting her own journeys into the Cairngorm mountain range.

Written in the 1940s during the Second World War, the Aberdeen writer’s book remained unpublished until 1977, and has recently been championed by luminaries of nature writing, including Robert Macfarlane.

Her most famous quote ‘It’s a grand thing to get leave to live’, appears on the Scottish £5 note – and another line ‘I have walked out of my body and into the mountain’ is evocative of the guiding principles in this project.

The project also celebrates the Scottish Sculpture Workshops 40th anniversary.

Each Into The Mountain performance is open to just 30 audience members, whom will be led in small walking groups through Glenfeshie.

The groups will converge within the landscape at which point they will witness a choreographed performance by five dancers.

Their performance will be accompanied by a vocal score composed by artist Hanna Tuulikki, which will be performed by the Into The Mountain choir, made up of women local to the Cairngorms and led by vocalist Lucy Duncombe.

THE CCA in Glasgow’s new exhibition performance programme opens with V/DA’s Sonic Séance: The Gathering

It opens on 28 June with a series of events and workshops running until 28 July.

Sonic Séance: The Gathering is an exhibition of dance, live sound performance, video work and practical workshops.

It brings together film maker and artist Jen Martin, actress, singer, songwriter and composer Patricia Panther, artist Ashanti Harris, activist, dancer, musician, DJ, artist and music producer Letitia Pleiades, dancer, activist, director Mele Broomes, as well as other invited artists and collectives.

Ainslie Roddick, the CCA Curator said: “The title of this overall programme partly refers to duration and support where many works are continuations or expansions of existing projects.

"But it also refers to running in an operational sense, who is in control.

"Many conversations have been about supporting existing works and not creating an ‘end’ with the exhibition.

"In V/DA’s work Sonic Séance is a gathering, not just an exhibition or performance but a practical and spiritual programme of events and workshops exploring and celebrating fugitivity and refusal.”