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Reading in Glasgow

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  • Slo-mo books - Set up around 2013 by Jamie Bolland and is attempting to bring a series of books and pamphlets into being by fellow poets, artists, and experimental writers based in Glasgow. It operates in very short runs of 300 to extremely short runs of 11 or less.
  • Glasgow Zine Fest - Each year, we hold a massive zine fair that welcomes over 40 zine-makers. For the whole weekend, zine-makers, small presses, artists and more showcase their wares, hang out with each other, and generally have a lovely time! We programme a full weekend of events that are affordable and accessible. We welcome internationally-renowned speakers an workshop leaders to deliver everything from performances to mural-making, to poetry writing, to kids arts and crafts, and much MORE! Zine Fairs!
  • From Glasgow to Saturn - A Literary Journal at the University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow University: School of Critical Studies - The School of Critical Studies reflects a core commitment to criticism, textual interpretation, and the analysis of language, over diverse but inter-related subject areas.
  • The Glasgow Review of Books - a review journal publishing short and long reviews, review essays and interviews, as well as translations, fiction, poetry, and visual art.
  • Society for Storytelling: Better Crack Club - The Better Crack Club is Glasgow’s only regular story-telling night for adults. As one of the oldest and finest story-telling clubs in Scotland, the Better Crack Club allows a platform for new and experienced tellers to practise their ancient art.
  • Glasgow's Learning - Glasgow's Learning promotes free Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) services through Glasgow's Learning Partnership
  • See also Literature


  • Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic - This is the blog for the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow.
  • Oxfam Books - We are an Oxfam secondhand charity bookshop located on Byres Road in the heart of the west end of Glasgow in Scotland.

Book groups

  • Feast or Fiction Book Club (Facebook) - Each season we cook from a featured cook book and pepper in some themed novels along the way! Meetings are held at Toast Wine Bar every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00PM.
  • Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic (CFF) - Anyone is welcome to join discussions about works of fantasy/the fantastic, our events, and share relevant news and opportunities.
  • Glasgow Poetry Book Group - Glasgow Poetry Book Group meets every two months to discuss contemporary poetry. For each meeting we choose a collection, or sometimes two pamphlets, to discuss. Everyone is welcome
  • Meetup: Chapter Chat Two (previously Glasgow Book Club]) - This is a group of people who are passionate about books and literature. We read around a theme and not a specific book so you are free to read what you prefer. We meet every two weeks and discuss at leisure what we have read.
  • Glasgow Women's Library Book Group - Welcoming and inspiring, connecting women who like reading with each other and to a host of amazing and surprising new reads. The book group is one of the Library’s longest running and most popular regular groups, meeting approximately once a month at GWL.
  • Glasgow West End: Book Groups in Glasgow Libraries - Glasgwegians have always loved their libraries and they love to talk so local libraries have set up Book Groups which facilitate their desire to talk about the books they have read with other people.
  • What's On Glasgow: Reading and Discussion - Book groups are a great way to get more out of what you read, and can open your eyes to whole new genres and types of writing.
  • Glasgow Life: Bookgroups (direct list link) - Glasgow Libraries support a range of book groups across the city e.g. Poetry, Classics, Crime - there really is something for everyone. Get together in the comfort of your local library with like-minded book lovers to discuss everything book related or borrow a set of our books and hold your own sessions wherever is best for you.
  • Girly Book Group: Glasgow - The concept is simple. We’re a global book club for likeminded women to discuss great books! All members of the book club read the same book over the same period; members then meet up in their respective cities at the end of each month to discuss the book and exchange views.
  • The Gloss Book Club Glasgow - The concept is simple. We’re a global book club for likeminded women to discuss great books! All members of the book club read the same book over the same period; members then meet up in their respective cities at the end of each month to discuss the book and exchange views.



  • Books at the Botanics - We are a group of full and part time dealers and online sellers, selling a wide variety of second hand, vintage and antiquarian books as well as prints, maps and other paper ephemera. We promote a friendly family atmosphere where people can browse at leisure in a comfortable environment.



  • Vagabond Voices - Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages
  • Ringwood Publishing - Ringwood Publishing is a small independent Scottish Publisher, based in Glasgow, dedicated to publishing quality works of Scottish fiction and non-fiction around the key national themes of politics, football, religion, money, sex and crime
  • Speculative Books (Twitter, Instagram) - Independent Publishers based in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Grain Press - We are a small publisher based in Paisley, Scotland. Originally concerned with reprinting scarce historical works, in recent years we have been more focused on ebook production and digital imaging




  • Eighteenth-Century borrowing from the University of Glasgow - Histories of eighteenth-century book use have often relied on anecdotal accounts produced principally by elite auditors. This is not because other kinds of data have not survived, but because evidence is often immured in fragile, complex and inaccessible – but potentially immensely valuable – manuscript sources. Eighteenth-Century Borrowing at the University of Glasgow contributes to realising the potential of such sources by making openly available high-quality digital materials and rich, searchable data relating to book borrowings in the mid eighteenth century. Archival library records at Glasgow are patchy, but for the eighteenth century, six registers detailing student borrowings and professorial loans have survived. This site allows users to work with images and data from the three registers that record student borrowings. These cover the period between March 1757 and January 1771.


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