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BOOKS AYE WRITE!
Glasgow’s annual lit fest rolls out the welcome mat to another diverse collection of bookish talent. Bernardine Evaristo (pictured), Maggie O’Farrell, Kathleen Jamie and Christos Tsiolkas are among those gracing the city. See preview, page 57. Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Thu 12–Sun 29 Mar. Hailing from a strong musical background (her dad was in Leftfield), Georgia Barnes’ career is going all the way to the top, with her second album Seeking Thrills delivering and then some. See feature, page 81. King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Wed 4 Mar.
Gaelic theatre company Theatre Gu Leòr have collaborated with activist group Ceòlas to develop this examination of the relationship between language and landscape, and their seemingly permanent decline. See preview, page 92. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 6–Sat 14 Mar.
THEATRE THE LION KING
FILM MILITARY WIVES
For those who love a stressful time in their TV viewing, the fate of the Byrde family should keep you gripping hard onto the upholstery. Laura Linney and Jason Bateman return for a third series of their tense yet oddly beautiful drama. See preview, page 97. Netflix, Fri 27 Mar. The circle of life just keeps on going round and round as Julie Taymor’s epic musical continues to charm and amaze Playhouse audiences. It may be roaring its way through to mid-April, but book now to avoid disappointment, as they say. See review, page 91. Edinburgh Playhouse, until Sat 18 Apr.
From Peter ‘Full Monty’ Cattaneo comes another feelgood comedy-drama, this time featuring an all- female choir rather than an all-male strip troupe. Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan star as choir leaders with divergent approaches. See review, page 69. General release from Fri 6 Mar.
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CHOSEN BY AUTHOR DOUG JOHNSTONE JON HOPKINS
I first discovered Jon Hopkins on Diamond Mine, his 2011 collaborative album with Fife’s King Creosote. At that stage Hopkins was best known as a producer and studio experimentalist, and he brought a symbiotic electronica wash to KC’s folk genius. I delved deeper and found hard-edged dance music with a leftfield twist, movie soundtrack albums, ambient folk, and more besides. His Grammy-nominated 2018 album Singularity combines it all and is one of my albums of the decade. I have no idea what to expect from this Polarity tour, where he says he aims to bring together ‘the two disparate elements of harsh and fragile in my music’. All I know is that it’s at the Usher Hall and will feature live musicians and a grand piano. Whatever, I’m expecting my mind to be blown. Doug Johnstone: A Dark Matter is out now published by Orenda Books; Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, Paisley Arts Centre, Sat 29 Feb; Jon Hopkins, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 4 Mar.
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