James Yorkston | 10/01/11

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We’ve been harking on about James Yorkston’s literary debut for a while now, but with a few weeks to go until it’s release we felt the need to hark on just a bit more. ‘It’s Lovely To Be Here – The Touring Diaries of A Scottish Gent’, a tour diary unlike most others in the sense that this one aims to tell the truth about life on the road, warts and unwashed smalls and all, is also the first book to be published by Domino’s new publishing imprint, The Domino Press.

The book has already attracted a great 4* review from Mojo who were won over by the observations of ‘the urbane, self deprecating, often witty and just occasionally belligerent Yorkston.’

Released on 3rd February 2011, the book is priced at £9.99, paperback and is available to pre-order here. In support of the release of his first book James will be going on a book tour, with things kicking off in Glasgow where James has confirmed an interview and performance in January as part of Glasgow Celtic Connections. The lunchtime event is a free Q&A with BBC Scotland Radio presenter Ian Anderson (no live music) and the evening event is a live performance.

Following this James will proceed to tour up and down the UK, reading excerpts from his book, as well as performing songs, old and new. The eleven date tour will end with a date at St. Giles Church in London on February 23rd.

The full tour runs as follows:

26th January: Glasgow Celtic Connections: 'Conversation Pieces’ 12pm - 1pm, Ian Anderson interviewing James Yorkston live for Celtic Music Radio. Free event, Exhibition hall of The Royal Concert Halls - www.celticconnections.com
26th January: Glasgow Celtic Connections: 7pm - James Yorkston performing live at The Recital Room at Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow - www.celticconnections.com
3rd February: Berwick upon tweed, The Maltings Theatre & Cinema - www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/booking
5th February: Thirsk, The Old Courthouse - www.inthedock.net
11th February: Edinburgh, Old St Paul's Church Hall - www.wegottickets.com
16th February: Manchester Deaf Institute - www.ticketline.co.uk
17th February: Wakefield Henry Boons - www.wegottickets.com
19th February: Birmingham Midlands Arts Centre - www.macarts.co.uk
20th February: Cambridge The Junction - www.junction.co.uk
21st February: Norwich Norwich Arts Centre - www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
22nd February: Brighton Brighton Ballroom - www.ticketweb.co.uk
23rd February: London St Giles Church - www.ticketweb.co.uk