ED2011 Book Reviews

Robert Douglas & Alison Irvine – First We Shaped Glasgow, Then It Shaped Us (Edinburgh International Book Festival / Newton First Book Award)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

From high-rise tower blocks to tenement closes, Glasgow has always been a vibrant, lively city – a fact that these two authors – Robert Douglas and Alison Irvine – celebrate. Irvine, several months pregnant, rests her hands on her bump as she reads an extract from her book, ‘This Road Is Red’ – a project which turned the memories of Red Road Flats’ residents into a sparkling novel. Next, Douglas reads from his novel, ‘Staying On Past The Terminus’, the second in a trilogy about Glasgow life in the mid-twentieth century – his characters’ voices leap from the page. Later, both answer questions engagingly and wittily, making this – one of the last events of the Book Festival  – a fitting closure.

ScottishPower Studio Theatre, 29 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp56.