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Afestival-goer’s guide to Aye Write!


All this week, we bring you some of the highlights of the festival. Asne Seierstad Following her bestseller­s The Bookseller of Kabul and A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal, the Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad comes to Aye Write! to talk about her new book, Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya.

The new book comes 10 years after she first reported from the troubled part of south-west Russia, and she will talk about the continuing violence in the republic. Friday, March 7, at 6pm. Tickets £7/£6. Gerry Anderson One of the greats of television, Anderson has written, produced and directed such beloved series as Thunderbir­ds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Space 1999. He will be sharing his memories of his long and distinguis­hed career and showing classic clips. Sunday, March 9, at 4pm. Tickets £7/£6. Sir Menzies Campbell The former leader of the Liberal Democrats discusses his life and career with Ruth Wishart. He will talk about his early life as an athlete and his success at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He then made a career as a lawyer in Glasgow before turning to politics, eventually becoming leader of the LibDems in 2006. Friday, March 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£6. Toby Litt, Doug Johnstone and Roddy Woomble Novelist and musician Doug Johnstone (author of Tombstonin­g and member of the band Northern Alliance) and novelist and would-be musician Toby Litt (author of Adventures in Capitalism) discuss music and their new novels with Roddy Woomble, frontman of Scottish rock band Idlewild. Saturday, March 8, at 3.30pm. Tickets £7/£6. For tickets, call 0844 847 1683 or visit For further details, visit

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