exploring the magic of words


words 2008 has been
the best collaborative
literary even in Glasgow
this year

Larry Butler, Lapidus

I came, I saw, I wrote
and went home happy

MT Kielty, exhibition visitor

Thanks very much to everyone who attended words 2008, which took place at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow from 9-13 September 2008.

A five-day interactive exhibition exploring the magic of words, words 2008 featured film, an art installation, workshops, writers-in-residence and daily readings. More than 120 people attended a panel discussion on the craft of writing on 11 September with panellists Tom Leonard, Anne Donovan, Cynthia Rogerson, Alan Riach, Michael Schmidt and Kei Miller. Close to 100 people benefitted from the free prose and poetry workshops that took place each day.

Daily readings at 4pm showcased new writing from workshop participants and the writers-in-residence. On 9 September there was an additional evening reading to preview Let’s Pretend – 37 stories about (in)fidelity, a new short story collection. Let’s Pretend contains 37 stories on the theme of (in)fidelity by writers on the renowned Glasgow University creative writing MLitt programme.

Visitors were also intrigued by In the blink of an eye, an art installation by public artist Nicola Atkinson. Nicola produced drawings inspired by the 37 stories in Let’s Pretend and displayed multiples copies of them in small frames at the entrance to words 2008. At the end of the exhibition members of the public were invited to take the framed drawings home.

For more information about the words 2008 exhibition, visit in pictures, where you can see a selection of photos taken during the exhibition.

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