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Glasgow has traditionally been a febrile stomping ground for creatives. Several of Scotland's greatest men and women of letters were either born or studied here, while the city itself has starred in innumerable works of fiction, most notably Alasdair Gray's epic Lanark, and H. Kingsley Long's memorable depiction of life in the notorious Gorbals slum, No Mean City. With the city continuing to support its poets and writers, Glasgow is a great place to get a literary fix.
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17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow G12 8SJ, UK
This west end bar is an absolute must for lovers of good drink and architecture alike. Situated in a former cinema, the awe-inspiring space spills out over a number of levels, with the central atrium visible from all regions so you can always keep...
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Top of Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8QX, UK
Translating into ‘big song’ in Gaelic, Òran Mór is a linchpin of entertainment in Glasgow’s trendy west end. Located in the former Kelvinside Parish Church, this stunner of a venue is host to concerts (think FKA Twigs), plays (the irresistible...
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27 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5QF, UK
Glasgow is widely regarded as a hub of creative energy and there are various outlets around the city for established and emerging talent to showcase their work. In the West End, the Rio Cafe and Inn Deep host renowned open mic evenings. Another...
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12-14 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB, UK
If it is a nice orderly shopping experience you are after, Voltaire and Rousseau is not the place to go. However, this veritable Aladdin's Cave of curiosities is an endlessly fun place for committed browsers. It is difficult to find exactly what...
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North St, Glasgow G3 7DN, UK
Distinguished by its green dome, the Mitchell Library is a true Glasgow icon. Not only that, but it is one of Europe's largest public libraries with over a million items in stock. The library includes a rare and specials collection and family and...
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Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK
One of the most spectacular religious buildings in Europe, it is no surprise that Glasgow's main cathedral has been the muse for some of Scotland's greatest literary minds. The building was memorably described by Sir Walter Scott in Rob Roy while...
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George St, Glasgow G2 1DU, UK
Given the city's storied literary heritage it is only fitting that its main central square is scattered with telling reference points. The square is populated with statues of greats including Robert Burns, Thomas Campbell and Sir Walter Scott and...
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119 Gorbals St, Glasgow G5 9DS, UK
One of the most famous literary depictions of Glasgow is the Gorbals in H. Kingsley Long's seminal No Mean City. The infamous tenement slums have long since been demolished, but out of their ashes have risen progressive ventures such as the...
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University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
With its dreamy spires, warren-like catacombs and elegant architecture providing a centrepiece in the city's West End, Glasgow University has proved an inspiring hothouse for numerous creative minds. These include James Kelman, William Boyd, Louse...