There are a series of launches, festival appearances and one-off events throughout 2012. These are being regularly added to so please check this page for updates. I’ll keep the past events on here as a record, in case I forget what I’ve done in my own life. This is perfectly possible.

Latest update: July 2012 – new events announced in Shetland, Dundee, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Manchester – National Football Museum, Latitude Festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival and more…


25 – Bad Language Collective live night, headlined by Socrates Adams @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester. Rodge doing a short teaser from the new novel.


2 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow – ‘In Process’ event for graphic novel, Dougie’s War. 7pm start, hosted by the Scottish Writers’ Centre. FREE. Joint with Dave Turbitt.

25 – The Arches, Glasgow. A Barca v Man United event  with Graham Hunter Sky Sports journalist and Spanish football specialist, whose book Barca: The Making of the Best Football Team in the World, is published by Backpage Press. 12pm, £3. Part of the Margins Book and Music Festival. SOLD OUT.

26 – Part of cast for Alasdair Gray’s Fleck. 6pm, Oran Mor Auditorium, £12. Finale to Margins Book and Music Festival. Playing the part of Toady.


3-5 Chairing 3 events at Bath Literature Festival – Pauline Black, Mark Pagel, Martin Rowson. Details here.

9 – Dougie’s War Workshop: How to Write a Graphic Novel, 1pm, £15/£12. Part of Write Now Conference, associated with the Aye Write! Book Festival, Glasgow.

11 – 15.30-17.00 Joint event, ‘Inside the Divide’. Appearing alongside Richard Wilson and Alan Bissett in a debate on the topic of Sectarianism, racism and homophobia in football. Chaired by Willy Maley, £8/£7. Part of Glasgow’s Aye Write Book Festival.

13 – Reading from  Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography, at Linlithgow Burgh Halls. 7-9pm, The Gallery Rooms. FREE, but ticketed.


4 – Mono, Glasgow, 6.30pm. Free. Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs launch, hosted by Luke Brown of Tindal Street PressDownload a pdf invitation here


11 – Waterstone’s Deansgate, Manchester, 6pm. Free. Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs launch, hosted by Manchester’s Bad Language Collective.  Also featuring special appearances from Emma Jane Unsworth and Joe StretchDownload a pdf invitation here

22 – Inverness Library, alongside J David Simons, Sharon Mail and Annemarie Allan, as Part of the Being Jewish in Scotland series. Chaired by Ephraim Borowski. 2.15pm-5.30p.m. FREE.

23 – Part of World Book Night at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones. Alongside Socrates Adams and Sam Mills, author of The Quiddity of Will Self.


3 – Reading from Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Salon @ Literary Dundee, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, 5-7pm. FREE.

11 – Reading from Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs @ Ullapool Book Festival. 9pm, Ullapool Village Hall, £7. Chaired by David Robinson (Literary Editor, The Scotsman)


10 – Reading from Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs @ Hay-on-Wye Festival. With John Crace and chaired by Paul Blezard. 6.45pm start. Details here.


7 – Reading from Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs @London Literature Festival @ Southbank Centre. 8pm, £8. In conversation with Paul Blezard. Tickets available here.

14 – Latitude Festival – Alongside Alan Bissett. Hosted by Pat Nevin. 3pm in the Literature Tent. Details for Latitude and our event here


20 – Edinburgh International Book Festival. Alongside Teddy Jamieson. Tickets £8/£10. 8pm. Part of the Sport mind Games Series. Details here.

23 – Blackwell’s at the Fringe. Blackwell’s bookshop in Edinburgh. Details here.

25 – Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival – appearing as part of the Literary Tent. Line up here.


7 – Shetland Wordarts Festival details tbc


13 – Manchester Literature Festival. Details tbc. Website here.

28 – Literary Dundee Festival. Appearing alongside Richard Wilson and Graham Hunter. Details tbc. Website here.