thi wurd’s first major literary event of 2023 takes place on Fri 21 April at the iconic venue of Glasgow University Union, Debates Chamber. All money raised will go towards our next publications.

(Glasgow University Union)

Since 2012, thi wurd has gained a reputation for putting on immersive nights of literature and music. Our last event, at Civic House in November 2022, was the sold-out launch of ‘Alternating Current’ our anthology of fiction, poetry & experimental writing, with special guest Bernard MacLaverty.

(thi wurd’s audience at Civic House in November 2022 for the launch of ‘Alternating Current’ – photograph by Eilidh McAllan)

On Friday 21 April, there will be literary readings, live music, curated playlists, film reels, stalls, special guests and the screening of the classic short film ‘Jealous Alan’, with director Martin Clark and actors saying a few words about the film after we watch it on the big screen.

(image by Bob Hardy from film ‘Jealous Alan’)

(Image by Bob Hardy from ‘Jealous Alan’)

There will be live music from Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub, who will perform a short acoustic set. Francis last appeared at a wurd event in 2019 and we look forward to welcoming him back.

(Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub)

In addition to readings from recent anthology ‘Alternating Current’, an important second strand of the evening will be the presentation of work from our recent collaboration with legendary Belgium journal, ‘Deus Ex Machina’, which was published in Brussels in December 2022. So look out for readings of poetry and fiction from this Brussels/Glasgow collaboration.

When you buy a ticket for a wurd event, you actively support indie publishing. All money goes back into running our project – a project that promotes the work of writers and artists across Scotland, the UK, and around the world

Please join us on Friday 21 April for an evening of literature, music and visual art. Doors open at 7pm. Event starts 7.30pm, ends 10.30pm. Bar and curated playlists continue until 1am.

(Playlists will include music by The Magnetic Fields, The Shirells, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground, Chicks on Speed, The Cramps, The Radio Dept., Lana Del Rey, Bob Dylan, Plums Med Doris, The Cure, The Cookies, Bright Eyes, Burt Bacharach, Matt Munro, New Order, Jonathan Richman, Pavement, The Beatles, The Marvels, The Replacements, Acid Ghost, Rita & the Tiaras, Merit Hemmingson, The Kinks, The Fall, Tammi Terrell, The Popguns, The Emotions, Big Star, The Wedding Present, Aretha Franklin, Der Plan, Roxy Music, Ennio Morricone, ABBA, The Lemonheads, Vince Taylor, Elliott Smith, The Marvelettes, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Timi Your, Dinosaur Jr, Bettye Swann, The Invincibles, My Bloody Valentine, Johnnie Ray, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Rita Pavone, Horace Andy, The Strokes, Mina, David Bowie and many more.)
(This listing takes place at an accessible venue. The venue will be fully seated. There will be a fully-stocked bar, including beers on tap for a mere £3.25 a pint. Sound on the night will be by Warren McIntyre. Photography by Eilidh McAllan)