So sorry everyone, but various members and people are contacting us asking if the meeting is on or not, so we took a view and decided to cancel tonight’s meeting.
The forecast is so unclear – other than snow/rain/wind/boggin/trains aff, cold/wet/dark that we have asked Alex Gray if she would mind coming another time and thank her very much for being so gracious.
We went ahead in December with our Christmas party and 40 people bravely turned out – thanks to them – but had about 20 messages from people who couldn’t get there as the travel was so tricky for them – so we have taken the view that it’s better we call if off tonight.
IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS COMING TONIGHT – PLEASE CAN YOU ENSURE THEY KNOW WE ARE NOT MEETING? THANKS VERY MUCH
STAY WARM AND SAFE. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN FEBRUARY!
Weegie Wednesday on 14th January 2015
DATE: WEDNESDAY 14th JANUARY 2015
PLACE: THE CCA TERRACE BAR
Please come and join us. Weegie Wednesday will be eight next week!
Please help us to celebrate the new bells of a new year, and to welcome Glasgow’s own Alex Gray – crime writer, inspiration behind and organiser of Bloody Scotland – to tell us the latest in her writing life
THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING US:
*A NEW WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN ADD YOUR PROFILE (AS A MEMBER OF WW) EASILY – this will be for members only*
*A GREAT NETWORK
*A PLACE TO MEET OLD AND NEW FRIENDS
*NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET NEW CONTACTS
*CHAT WITH ALL INVOLVED IN THE LITERARY WORLD
*to be a member you need to read our Constitution and sign up online. WW is now 8 years old and we gratefully acknowledge the support of Glasgow Life. There is no joining fee to be a member of WW.
ABOUT ALEX GRAY:
Alex is Glasgow born and bred and has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. She is also the co-founder of the Bloody Scotland international crime writing festival. Married with a son and daughter, she lives in Scotland and is currently writing the next book in the Detective Lorimer series.
Alex’s Top Tips for Writers Always send an interesting letter with your manuscript. Not facetious or pushy but something with a bit of sparkle which will make you stand out. Be professional when asking experts for help. Enclose details about yourself, and what you are doing, together with an idea of what you want.
Have patience with publishers but don’t be too shy to contact them politely after a couple of months if you haven’t heard anything.
Hello Weegie Wednesdayers – this message posted at 2pm Weds 10th December 2014 – despite the inclement weather we have decided to go ahead with the party tonight. You are very welcome to join us and we hope your travel is safe and ok and you are assured of a warm welcome in the Terrace Bar CCA Sauchiehall Street
Friday 10th October –
We are looking for nominations for new committee members. Cut off date for nominations is Friday 10th October.
PLEASE NOTIFY ELEANOR LOGAN IF YOU WISH TO STAND FOR ELECTION AT THE AGM. email@example.com
Wed 15th October 6.30 CCA back bar Weegie Wednesday AGM -
Committee work is voluntary but rewarding, without this Weegie Wednesday could not operate. Please think of ways that your skills could support Weegie Wednesday and contact us with any questions. If you would like an informal chat about what it involves, please contact any one of the committee to discuss what committee work is like.
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.