Byres Road Book Festival

Once Upon a Time in the West End… there was a magical book festival where everyone was invited..

Photo Credit – Robert Perry

Byres Road Book Festival returns for its third outing this weekend following successful events in 2017 and 2022. The event, organised by Visit West End, will run from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th September.


West End bookworms have a full encyclopaedia of book events open to attend this weekend. On Thursday night at Hillhead Library Sally Magnusson is in conversation, discussing her third novel, Music in the Dark. Sally has written of the experiences of female groups in history who have little or no historical record and does so again in this novel. The effects of community displacement on a Victorian washer-woman of low class and status is at the forefront of yet another must-read from Sally.

On Friday, with the September week end holiday starting fear not, there IS kids entertainment. At the Oxfam book shop, Catherine Grace of Bernie Bear You Can’t Go There, will be hosting a crafts and adventures session. With wee ones painting bears and mask making, the older kids can create their own fantasy story. Along at Hillhead Library, Friday morning sees singing and storytelling with the fabulous professional storyteller Gerry Durkin. In the afternoon, actor and poet Beth Frieden will entertain our children as the inimitable Pipi Longstocking.

Highlights over the weekend are The Hebridean Baker Coinneach MacLeod appearing at Hillhead Library. With over 23 million views on social media and two best selling cookbooks, this will be a stand out session. Be inspired: bake, forage and embrace self sufficiency!
Finally, don’t miss out on one of Westender’s favourite authors, recently featured in our glorious print magazine. Rosalie Menon architect, lecturer, photographer and author, spoke to Westender in Writers Reveal, discussing ‘Fragments of Glasgow‘. This stunning book captures our glorious city, showcasing the exquisite Victorian architecture throughout. Make a date in your diary and hear Rosalie discuss her love of her home city.

Ah, but a mere flick through the events in The Byres Road Book Festival. Make sure to immerse yourself the digital pages of the full schedule at –

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