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The SWC Autumn Programme

Scottish Writers’ Centre Autumn Programme

August – October

Tuesday 21 August 2012, 7pm

International Event featuring Christoph Simon and Iosi Havilio, with Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories)

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is pleased to host an evening of exciting new voices from the international literary scene. And Other Stories publish contemporary writing that is mind-blowing, often ‘challenging’ (Maureen Freely) and ‘shamelessly literary’ (Stuart Evers). Join us for a memorable night of dazzling prose in the company of Christoph Simon (Zbinden’s Progress) and Iosi Havilio (Open Door), together with publisher Stefan Tobler.

Featuring Donal McLaughlin and Beth Fowler (trans.).

Readings, discussion, book signing

Christoph Simon was born in 1972 in Emmental, Switzerland. After travels through the Middle East, Poland, South America, London and New York, he has settled in Berne. His first novel, Franz, or Why Antelopes Run in Herds (2001) has sold over 10,000 copies, while Planet Obrist (2005) was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Zbinden’s Progress is his fourth and already highly acclaimed book- Winner of the Bern Literature Prize 2010.

Iosi Havilio was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. Open Door is his first novel. His second novel is Estocolmo (Stockholm, 2010) and he is currently working on a novel that follows on from Open Door. He has become a cult author in Argentina after Open Door was highly praised by the outspoken and influential writer Rodolfo Fogwill and by the most influential Argentine critic, Beatriz Sarlo.

Stefan Tobler is the founder of And Other Stories.

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is supported by Glasgow Life

Thursday 13th September 2012, 7pm – CCA Cinema

Bernard MacLaverty – In Process

Award-winning writer Bernard MacLaverty presents a Masterclass on adaptation. MacLaverty will discuss the process of adapting his fiction from the page to the screen with readings from his screenplays and novels and showing short excerpts of his films.

Readings, film excerpts, discussion – led by a master craftsman.

MacLaverty has published five collections of short stories, including, A Time to Dance and Other Stories and Matters of Life and Death, and is the author of four novels Cal, Lamb, Grace Notes and The Anatomy School. Grace Notes was short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel, and won the 1997 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year.

MacLaverty writes for radio and television and adapts his fiction for other media, taking it to a diverse audience. His screenplays for Cal and Lamb were made into major films and starred Helen Mirren (Cal) and Liam Neeson (Lamb). In 2003, MacLaverty wrote and directed ‘Bye-Child’, a short film based on the Seamus Heaney poem of the same name. He was awarded a BAFTA in Scotland Award (Best First Director) and ‘Bye-Child’ was nominated for Best Short Film at the British Academy Film Awards.

Tickets £6 (£3) from CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

In Process series is supported by the Scottish Book Trust and Glasgow Life


 Thursday, 27th September 2012, 7pm

Screenwriting for Writers Who Write Other Things

Are you a poet? An aspiring or published novelist? A journalist who wants to change career? Do you want to add the art and science of screenwriting to your box of tricks?

As with all writing forms, screenwriting is about ideas and it has its own rules and practices. There are reasons for these but they are not always easy to see or understand. Writers new to the field often resist the different demands of screenwriting because as a collaborative medium it seems to go against everything they’ve done before, and everything they’ve learned.

Writer and lecturer David Manderson leads a short introduction and follow-up workshop to introduce the working writer to some of the pressures on the screenwriter as opposed to the poet or novelist. It looks at the divergences between screenwriting and these other forms, particularly in terms of structure, and outlines some basic dramatic theory. It then covers the essentials of writing for the world of the screen.

Attendees will be introduced to the world of writing for the screen through watching, discussing and analysing short films. Ideas will be work-shopped in small groups and there will be an opportunity to take part in a follow-up workshop where attendees will complete a short screenplay.

David Manderson is the author of Lost Bodies. He lectures on creative writing, scriptwriting, and screenwriting and is course leader for the Creative Industries BA at the UWS.

Tickets £40 from CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is supported by Glasgow Life

Thursday 11th October 2012, 7pm

Writing for the Ninth Art: Workshop and Debate on Comics and Graphic Novels
Are comics just for kids? Does graphic fiction, like Watchmen, deserve more respect? How do writers approach the art of adaptation? Gordon Robertson leads a panel debate and practical workshop on graphic fiction and comics.

The French recognise Bande Dessinée as a genuine art form but here in the UK it’s still seen mainly as something for geeks and children. The success and critical acclaim for graphic novels such as Maus and Persepolis, and the cross-over success of the seminal superhero collection Watchmen, is not reflected in how comics are perceived. Comics still don’t get the respect they deserve. Or do they?

Join the discussion. Learn how to write graphic fiction and adapt your writing into a different medium. Gordon Robertson is the founder of the Glasgow League of Writers and writer of the ArseCancer comic strip.

Tickets £6 (£3) from CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

The Scottish Writers’ Centre is supported by Glasgow Life

Thursday, 25th October 2012, 7pm –In Process with Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead, Scots Makar and ‘Scotland’s greatest living dramatist’ leads a Masterclass on creative process and the craft of play writing. Come and be inspired by a writer of great warmth and power.

Readings, discussion and book signing.

Lochhead’s plays include Blood and Ice (1982), first performed at the Edinburgh Traverse in 1982; Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1989); Dracula (1989); Cuba (1997), Perfect Days (1998), a romantic comedy, first performed at the Edinburgh festival in 1998, and Good Things (2006).

Lochhead translated and adapted Molière’s Tartuffe (1985) into Scots, premiered at the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum in 1987, and the script of her adaptation of Euripides’ Medea (2000) for Theatre Babel in 2000 won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. In her play Misery Guts (2002), based on Molière’s The Misanthrope, the action is updated to the modern-day Scottish Parliament.

Her work for television includes Latin for a Dark Room, a short film, screened as part of the BBC Tartan Shorts season at the 1994 EIFF, and The Story of Frankenstein for Yorkshire Television.

Liz Lochhead, writer, dramatist, poet, and broadcaster was appointed Scots Makar in 2011. Her latest book is A Choosing: The Selected Poetry of Liz Lochhead, published in 2011.

Tickets £6 (£3) from CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

In Process series is supported by the Scottish Book Trust and Glasgow Life


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