Nicola Sturgeon to join Janey Godley on stage at book festival

The former First Minister will interview the comedian Janey Godley about her debut novel Nothing Left Unsaid.

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon to join Janey Godley on stage at Glasgow’s Aye Write book festival STV News

Nicola Sturgeon is set to appear at Glasgow’s Aye Write book festival, in conversation with Janey Godley.

The former First Minister will interview the comedian about her debut novel Nothing Left Unsaid.

The annual festival, which kicks off on May 19 and runs until May 28, features a total of 120 events and 175 authors from Scotland and around the world.

Events span from fiction to non fiction, memoirs, biographies and poetry and will delve into topics from politics to the environment as well as music, true crime and health and well being.

Sturgeon will appear at the event on May 26 at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Front cover of Janey Godley’s Nothing Left Unsaid.

Godley’s novel Nothing Left Unsaid tells the story a dying woman remembering the “dark deeds and unbreakable bonds” of her deprived childhood in Glasgow’s Shettleston tenements in the 1970s.

Other well-known names taking part in the festival include Val McDermid, Josie Long, Frankie Boyle and Sally Magnusson.

The event also includes masterclasses in creative writing as well as insights from a panel of publishing industry experts and two sessions to support those interested in submitting creative work for this year’s Kavya Prize.

Chris Brookmyre, Sara Sheridan, Charlie Connelly, Layla-Roxanne Hill, and Callum McSorley launching Aye Write.

Aye Write is run by Glasgow Life and receives funding from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 

Glasgow Life chair, Bailie Annette Christie, said: “Aye Write is always a much-anticipated highlight in the city’s cultural calendar.

“This year’s festival will bring together a wonderful array of home-grown and international writing talent for a series of dynamic discussions and activities, so audiences from Glasgow and further afield can look forward to a superb celebration of writing and books and a really memorable event.”

More information on the programme can be found here.

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