Posts Tagged ‘Alan Riach’

Trio of authors lined-up to bring Readers’ Day to life at the Carnegie

September 29, 2017

Three well-known and exciting authors are joining us for this year’s Readers’ Day at the Ayr Carnegie Library. The event, on Sunday 8 October, promises an eclectic mix of historical fiction, children’s books and poetry.

Gillian Muir is a fantastic local author from Minishant and an entertaining speaker. A geography teacher ‘to trade’, she has travelled widely. Her ‘Louis Louis’ picture books are a hit with children of all ages.

Douglas Jackson from Bridge of Allan, spent 36 years in journalism before leaving The Scotsman in 2009 to become a full-time writer. He has written ten historical novels and four thrillers (as James Douglas. His novels have been published in twelve languages.

Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and the author of numerous books including his sixth collection of poems.


  • Registration & Coffee 12:30pm
  • Gillian Muir 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Doug Jackson 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Break for Cream-tea 3:00pm – 3:45pm
  • Alan Riach 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Tickets cost £10 per person (includes cream tea).

To book please telephone 01292 286 385 or visit
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr.


An evening of poetry with Alan Riach

November 18, 2013

bookweekgreen2013Celebrating Book Week Scotland 2013

Join us for an evening of poetry with

Alan Riach

Wednesday 27 November at 7pm

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr  Tel: 01292 286385

Please access this event from the Garden Street entrance.

Free event

Event updates: Tom McKerley and Alan Riach

November 23, 2012

Book Week Scotland 26 November - 2 December 2012

Unfortunately the Book Week Scotland events arranged for Tom McKerley and Alan Riach have had to be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Poetry Evening with Alan Riach
Wednesday 28 November, Carnegie Library, 7pm cancelled

Author visit: Tom McKerley –  cancelled
Thursday 29 November, Troon Library, 2pm cancelled

South Ayrshire Libraries Book Week Scotland Events

November 19, 2012

Book Week Scotland 26 November - 2 December 2012

Book Week Scotland is a celebration of books and reading for everyone in the country. People the length and breadth of Scotland are being encouraged to take part in the first ever week-long national celebration of reading, and to join in with the wide range of free events to be held throughout the week.

Take a look below at what we have planned for our Book Week Scotland celebrations, we hope you can join us.

Storytelling with Rosie Mapplebeck
Tuesday 27 November, Carnegie Library 10am – 4pm

Rosie Mapplebeck will be storytelling all around the library, suitable for children and adults.

Author visit: Michael Malone
Tuesday 27 November, Troon Library, 7.30pm

Michael Malone is a cool new voice in the popular Scottish crime fiction genre. Join us as he talks about his first crime novel Blood Tears.

Author visit: Moira McPartlin
Thursday 29 November, Carnegie Library, 7.30pm

Author Moira McPartlin talks about her new book ‘The Incomers’, a fascinating insight into the prejudice an African woman encounters on marrying a white Scot and settling in a small Fife village.

Crossing Continents a Readers’ Day at Carnegie Library

September 20, 2011

Crossing Continents Readers' day at Carnegie Library

A day for all those who enjoy books and reading

Come along and enjoy, book stalls, competitions,
cream teas and a nice lunch on

Sunday 2nd October
from 10.30am-4pm

at Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr

Featuring Special Guests

Andrea McNicoll’s novel“Moonshine in the Morning” is based on ten years of living in rural Thailand where she and her husband ran a restaurant on a village Main Street.  The book presents an unforgettable cast of strong minded women and their wayward husbands clinging to village life in Thailand before the relentless advance of modernity.

Aline Dobbie is an author who specialises in India, the land of her birth.  She has written a trilogy which is part travelogue but with great insight into the people and culture of India.  Aline is a speaker of Hindi and this along with her heritage affords her a rare level of insight into this fascinating and complex country.

Alan Riach is a poet and professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University.  As well as publishing five collections of his own poetry, Alan has  contributed to many poetry anthologies.  In his most recent collection  ‘Homecoming’, Alan guides readers around the globe before returning home to Scotland in the final section.

Kei Miller is a Jamaican born poet, novelist, anthologist and occasional journalist.  Kei currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.  He has had a wide range of short fiction and poetry published including “A Light Song of Light”.  His debut novel “The Same Earth” was published in 2008 followed by “The Last Warner Woman” in 2010.


10:30am    Registration & Coffee

10:45am    Andrea McNicholl

11:30am    Aline Dobbie

12:30pm    Lunch –  Competitions

1:15pm      Afternoon registration for half day ticket holders

1:30pm      Alan Riach  –  Desert Island Poems

2:30pm      Kei Miller

3:30pm      Cream Tea & Competitions

4:00pm      Finish & Prizes

A full day ticket (including lunch and a cream tea) £12
A morning ticket £5
An afternoon ticket (including cream tea) £7

For more information on this event please contact Aileen Cowan or Samantha Kaminski on (01292) 286385