Hey Weegie Wednesdayers – there is a publisher showcase today at the Mitchell Library, in the cafe area from high noon – 6pm. Eight publishers are showing some of their books that have been featured at Aye Write this week, and over the past ten years since Aye Write! started. So as it’s cold out there, and the sun is not shining, why not make the publisher’s day, and yours, and make the sun shine for us all by dropping in to see us. The publishers showing are: Waverley Books, Glasgow Museums, Luath (all the way from Edinburgh..), Saraband (publisher of the year last year), Vagabond Voices (fiction publisher extraordinaire), Strident (brilliant children’s books), Ringwood, and Freight (fiction and design, Look Up Glasgow). Please drop in and see us, have a chat. Some publishers have authors with them to bolster the blether and Sue Reid Sexton, WW stalwart, and WW diehards Jerry Brannigan and John McShane will be there too. COME!
This April, Weegie Wednesday is delighted to continue its 2015 schedule of guests with the hosting of speakers Liam Bell and David Ross. See EVENTS for more info.
WEDNESDAY 15th April 2015 – doors open from 7.30pm
At The Terrace Bar at the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Our next meeting at the CCA Terrace Bar, on the first floor as usual, is on writing for the YA market, and writing for children. We will be joined by Keith Charters, who, after writing some successful novels for children writer loved the publishing business so much he started Strident Publishing. Also speaking is Victoria Finnigan – a long standing member of Weegie Wednesday and a successful author of YA fiction.
Please remember – everyone connected with books, writing, TV, film, publishing and with an interest in networking and plunging in for a friendly swap of chat and information – is welcome to each Weegie Wednesday, regardless of the subject of the talks. The talks at WW generally only occupy around 20/25 mins and are often a jumping off point for new discussion and a source of inspiration for many. If you have any ideas on potential speakers for later in the year, please get in touch with a committee member. WW celebrated its eighth birthday in January 2015. Please help us to spread the word, and tell people you think may be interested, and bring a pal along.. Watch the website please for any last minute changes in the event of bad weather.
Keith Charters: Keith wrote some children’s books and loved it so much he started a publishing house. Today he is runs a publishing company called Strident, is an accountant and also the happy father of two sets of twins.
Victoria – or V Campbell – is a former solicitor and Glasgow University tutor. Her debut novel, Viking Gold, is an historical action adventure for teenagers. She has spoken about her writing and led creative workshops at schools, libraries, book festivals and museums throughout the UK and is Patron of Reading for Gryffe High. Victoria is currently working on her second novel, Viking Siege.
Alex Gray is our speaker this week. Please join us.
Season of mists and mellow Wednesdays… So it must be Weegie back again… We are delighted to welcome you back to Weegie Wednesday next week on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30pm. We hope you have had a great summer and will be able to come along.
Our speaker is Chris Lynch, who is an award-winning writer of young adult novels and he will speak around 8.10pm.
We know it’s a key night before the big referendum, so hope you’ll all join us regardless.
You can read more about Chris on the Weegie Wednesday website.
WHERE WE MEET! We meet in the Terrace Bar at the CCA, Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, which is the upstairs bar. There is a lift. There is a second entrance at the side of the CCA up some steps. Some people said they could not find us at the last meeting… Sorry for that. We are always delighted to see new people and welcome back members. While we try to wrap you into a warm welcome, please be ready to mingle, approach new people and just say hi to whoever is standing near you. It’s a friendly mix of people who will try to make you feel welcome and comfortable at WW.
Book Tombola at WW 17th Sept:
Please remember to bring some pound coins, as next Weds is a book-tombola with new books brought in by Herald reviewer Lesley McDowell, and other people.
WW AGM! NOTICE – Please be advised that the October Weegie Wednesday on Weds 15th October is the WW AGM at 6.30pm sharp in the back bar, Terrace Bar, CCA. We normally get through it within 20 minutes and we serve free wine and OJ. We need to be quorate so if you can come along earlier, and are a WW member, we would appreciate that. Also, please note we need some new volunteers on the committee, as some are standing down this year, so if you are interested, please get in touch or speak to a member of the committee next week to find out what it entails. The AGM entails some entertaining short speeches, and a quick reflection on the last year with the possibility of an election if lots of people want to stand for the committee…
Many thanks, and see you soon!
Weegie Wednesday Committee
Guest Speaker – Alan Grant
Alan Grant is an internationally acclaimed writer of graphic novels and comic strips who has been writing for that industry for well over thirty years.
He always had a love of comics, even as a child learning to read at his Granny’s knee with the help of The Beano and The Dandy.
Alan worked as an editor for DC Thomson, the Scottish publisher of those titles, in 1967, where he met fellow editor and future Judge Dredd collaborator, John Wagner. For a time he worked as a freelance writer of girls’ romantic stories.
It was not until 1979, when John Wagner asked him to write his first story for a UK comic called Starlord, that he finally got to do his dream job, working for comic books like those he read as a teenager.
The Starlord story got him noticed by 2000AD. Later that same year, he was hired by them as an assistant editor. It was at 2000AD that he was to make his name. He left them after around two years to pursue a freelance career, and started collaborating with John Wagner. During their thirteen-year working partnership they wrote Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and Ace Trucking Co. for 2000AD; Doomlord, Joe Soap Private Eye and Computer Warrior for The Eagle; The Outsiders for DC Comics; Nightbreed and The Last American for Epic; and The Bogie Man series, based in Glasgow, which is still the highest-selling British independent comic.
Grant’s involvement with Judge Dredd has lasted over twenty-five years and together with John Wagner he created hundreds of stories for what became 2000AD’s most popular strip.
When the Grant/Wagner partnership ended, Alan worked on titles as varied as Detective Comics; Batman for DC comics, which he wrote for over a decade; Lobo; L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89; Legends of the Dark Knight; and The Demon.
Then came Anderson Psi Division and Young Middenface for Judge Dredd Magazine; Robo-Hunter for 2000AD; and the sequel to The Authority/Lobo for DC/Wildstorm.
In 2007, commissioned by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, he embarked on his first adaptation of a classic novel, creating with longtime collaborator, artist Cam Kennedy, a highly acclaimed graphic novel version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped,published by Waverley Books.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was Grant’s second classic adaptation and Grant and Kennedy’s second title together with Waverley Books.
In 2008, Grant’s Bad Press released a comics anthology Wasted. A mixture of drug-themed humour and anarchic cartoon action stories, mostly written by Grant, Wasted featured art by many comic artists from the UK mainstream scene such as Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant, Jon Howard and Mark Stafford. The comic showcased many underground artists like Zander, Colin Barr, Tiberius Macgregor, Alan Kerr, and Curt Sibling.
Grant’s own comics publishing company Berserker Comics, has produced The Dead, Kingdom Of Flies and Church Of Hell : published in 2009.
More recently Alan Grant teamed up with Robin Smith to create Scott vs Zombies, commissioned by Edinburgh’s Artlink with support from Creative Scotland.
In 2013 Renegade Arts released Tales Of The Buddha (Before he got enlightened) the collaborative work of Alan Grant, Jon Howard and Jamie Grant, said by David Taylor, artist, (of Batman and Judge Dredd) to be “More hilarious than the Bible and far better illustrated.”
Alan is a sought-after Comics legend guesting at many Comic Cons in the UK and abroad.
Alan lives in Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway with his wife, Sue, where for a number of years they organized the Moniaive Comics Festival.
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