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Video: ‘Irvine Welsh meets Limmy’ – new star Chris McQueer at Partick book event

By Ian Marland at

A young Glasgow author will be part of the literary offerings at a city book event later this month.

Chris McQueer is making a name for himself with his colloquial humour and wry observation.

Hings by Chris McQueer

Work: Chris McQueer’s book of short stories is called ‘Hings’

Chris will be reading from his book ‘Hings’ when he appears at Partick Library as a guest of Glasgow Libraries.

Up until recently Chris was selling trainers in a shoe shop and before that cutting sandwiches in Subway.

His writing has been described as ‘Irvine Welsh meets Limmy’.

“I’m really enjoying the writing and looking forward to appearing at Partick Library.

“It’s such a great event – libraries are such important places and we need to support them.”

Chris’s event for Book Week Scotland takes place on Thursday November 30.

Tickets for his event are free but book in advance by calling 0141 276 1560.

The sixth nationwide celebration of books – November 27 to December 2 – is this year based around the theme of Nourish.

Acclaimed Northern Irish author Bernard MacLaverty kicks off celebrations with a visit to the iconic Mitchell Library on Monday, November 27.

 Principal Librarian Margaret Houston

Hosts: Glasgow’s principal librarian Margaret Houston is looking forward to welcoming authors to Book Week Scotland

Booker-prize shortlisted author and BAFTA Scotland award-winner MacLaverty will discuss his new work Midwinter Break, a tender, heart-rending tale that comes forty years after the author’s first masterpiece.

Former Scottish tennis international and Scottish National Coach, Judy Murray heads to The Mitchell Library on Tuesday, November 28.

Judy will discuss her extraordinary memoir Knowing the Score, charting the challenges she faced as she set about revolutionising British tennis.

Councillor David McDonald is chair of Glasgow Life.

He said: “Book Week Scotland offers the people of Glasgow the chance to head down to their local library and meet authors, other book fans and neighbours.

“Glasgow is a city of book lovers and I hope that Glaswegians city-wide will take the opportunity to pop into their local library during Book Week Scotland, and experience the joy of reading.”

On November 27, Hillhead Library will host the popular Book Quiz, complete with tea and cake for everyone, plus prizes for the winners.

Pop into the library or call 0141 276 1617 to register your team.


Watch: Chris McQueer reads from his book Hings at Partick Library on November 30

Over in town, award-winning novelist, playwright and performer Alan Bissett heads to Library @ GoMA on Thursday, 30th November.

Book Week Scotland has a programme for young book worms too.

On Saturday, December 2 the youngest Glaswegians will be treated to magic and mischief as Vivian French heads to Knightswood Library, whilst over in The Mitchell legendary author of the Katie Morag series, Mairi Hedderwick and Thumble Tumble’s AH Proctor headline a fun-filled family day.

Book Week Scotland is delivered by Scottish Book Trust in collaboration with library services across Scotland, and supported by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Library and Information Council.

To book your tickets for Glasgow’s Book Week Scotland events, or to find out what else is in store in Glasgow Libraries, please visit: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/glasgowlibraries