Hot, cool and in the Margins – you’ve come to the write place!

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THe hottest and hippest rubbed shoulders with the coolest and timeless at Scotland’s best new arts event.

The 2012 Margins Book & Music Festival took place in Glasgow at the weekend and was a triumph.

Cargo Publishing unveiled a stellar line-up at multi-arts venue The Arches.

Friday night was a particular highlight, with one of the best folk/indie bills on offer anywhere.

The scene was set by rising star Alasdair Roberts, followed by the brilliant Withered Hand with his tales of longing, laughter and lapsed religion.

Topping the bill was Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, an accomplished folk artist with two super solo albums under his belt and a brilliant collaboration with Kris Drever and John McCusker.

Roddy was sensational, backed by Sorren Maclean on guitar and vocals, Seonaid Aitken on violin and vocals, and Gavin Fox on bass.

Highlights included choice cuts from his new CD ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ such as ‘Roll Along’, as long as old faves such as “My Secret is My Silence’.

There was also a rare acoustic appearance of an old Idlewild classic – ‘You Held the World in Your Arms’.

Earlier on Friday there was new writing from Octavius Magazine and Scotland’s Gutter Magazine, as well as crime writers Chris Brookmyre and Louise Welsh.

The Saturday included a packed line-up with everything from Sky Sports pundit Graham Hunter discussing his new book on FC Barcelona to a book launch of a new charity collection ‘A Thousand Cranes’ with a foreword by the First Minister Alex Salmond.

Other appearing writers included William McIllvanney, Sara Sheridan, Helen Fitzgerald, Don Paterson, Tom Leonard and Billy Letford. Cargo’s very own Allan Wilson and Tracey S. Rosenberg were also there.

That night Scotland’s very own guitar hero Malcolm Middleton unveiled his forthcoming ‘Human Don’t Be Angry’ album with some old classics from previous albums thrown in for good measure.

Support came from fellow ex-Arab Strap bandmate Aidan Moffat, joined by Bill Wells, following their brilliant 2011 album ‘Everything’s Getting Older’.

Sunday featured a read-through of Alasdair Gray’s acclaimed play ‘Fleck’ at the main auditorium in Oran Mor, designed and painted by Gray himself.

Festival director and Cargo MD Mark Buckland said: “We tried to create a festival that not only has something for everyone, but also one that showcases how much is going on in the underground scene right now.”

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