Stornoway-based publishers Acair are continuing their 40th birthday celebrations with a full afternoon of exciting literary events in Glasgow on Thursday 5th October.

Having held the successful ‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40’ in Stornoway in May this year, Acair are now bringing the same event to mainland Scotland.

‘Fèis Litreachais Acair @ 40 – Glaschu’ takes place at the Theatre Royal on Hope Street, Glasgow, and doors will open at 1pm on Thursday 5th October.

Guests can browse the special exhibition, which highlights Acair’s key achievements over the years. This includes the iconic ‘Spàgan’ books, illustrations from some of Scotland’s finest talent, and copies of some memorable titles, such as ‘Call na h-Iolaire’, Acair’s first ever book, and ‘An Cogadh Mòr’, which was the first of its kind printed in Gaelic.

This entire afternoon is free and open to all, and Agnes Rennie, Acair’s manager, will open proceedings at 1:45pm.

Mark Wringe, presenter of BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s ‘Leugh an Leabhar’, will give an opening talk.

Catriona Lexy Campbell, the writer and actress, will hold a creative writing workshop, which will be a fun, interactive session with audience participation.

Flora MacPhail, the current ‘Bàrd an Comunn Gaidhealach’ and author of ‘Maraiche nan Cuantan’, will then hold a talk about her experiences writing Gaelic poetry.

Marion Sinclair, the CEO of Publishing Scotland, who was present for this event in Stronoway, will discuss Scottish Publishing as a whole, and how Gaelic publishing, and Acair, fit into this wide arena. The writer Marie C. MacAulay and illustrator Robin Bans, who have collaborated on the ‘Teàrlag’ series of Gaelic books, will hold a discussion on the writer / illustrator relationship, and will reveal how their successful partnership came about.

The day will close with a talk from the newly appointed chairperson of the Gaelic Books Council, Catriona Murray.

All events are free and members of the public are encouraged to come along throughout the afternoon.

Acair gratefully acknowledges the support of the Gaelic Books Council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.