Paisley Book Festival

Thursday 20 - Saturday 29 February, 2020

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Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street
Paisley
PA1 1EZ

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm

 

+(0)300 300 1210

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm

 

 

Over the course of 10 days, Paisley’s first -ever book festival has a huge range of events and activities for all ages, based on the central theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories.

Here are details of the great events still-to-come:

 

Pop-Up Poetry Shop 

Sat 29 Feb, 1pm-3pm: Fairfull Cafe

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively – either poetry or prose – drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

 

365: Stories and Music

Until Sat 29 Feb
10am – 5pm
POP! Piazza Shopping Centre
FREE – drop-in, family

Drop in to experience this very special sound installation of contemporary Scottish stories and music by acclaimed author James Robertson and musician Aidan O’Rourke (of Lau). Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, this is an epic built on the beauty of the miniature.

 

Custom Stories While You Wait

Sat 29 Feb
10am – 5pm
POP! Piazza Shopping Centre
FREE – drop-in, family

Luke Winter writes stories for strangers on a typewriter, and he’d like to write for you! All he needs is a title or subject, and away his imagination will go, creating a unique story that will be yours to take home.

 

Jackie Kay

Fri 28 Feb
5pm-6pm
Paisley Arts Centre
£10/£6

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Join us for an hour of poetry and entertainment with the Scots Makar and author of award-winning publications, Jackie Kay (pictured above). She will be reading poems on the festival’s theme of Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, including some new work inspired by the American performer and international activist Paul Robeson.

 

Janet Coats Memorial Prize Award Ceremony

Fri 28 Feb
7.15pm-8.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
FREE – ticketed

Paisley Book Festival’s theme this year is Radical Voices and Rebel Stories and, motivated by the voices and actions of radical young people on climate change we are celebrating poetry on this issue. Join this year’s shortlist for the announcement of both the Adult and Under 18s winners of the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.

Alan Bissett presents…Chris McQueer

Fri 28 Feb
9pm-10pm
Calum’s Cavern
£10/£6

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Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings – his debut book, now a BBC Scotland series – as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova.

Paisley Book Walk with Jules Verne

Sat 29 Feb
10am-11am, 12pm-1pm, 4pm-5pm, 6pm-7pm
Meet outside Paisley Abbey
£10/£8 (under 12s go FREE)

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Travel through time with intrepid explorer Jules Verne and discover Paisley’s secret past. Explore the very start of the written word, all the way through to a mysterious, ghost-filled graveyard. This immersive experience will surprise and delight all ages. After booking, you will receive instructions and a tour map via email.

Lari Don: Fierce, Fearless and Free

Sat 29 Feb
12pm-1pm
POP! Piazza Shopping Centre
£5 (under 12s go FREE)

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Lari Don introduces her new collection of myths and legends about girls who escape ogres, defeat dragons, save villages, and never wait for a prince to save them. Come and hear about where she found these tales, why they are important and how they can inspire new stories.

Alan Bissett presents…Tom Leonard’s Radical Renfrew: 30 Years On

Sat 29 Feb
1.30pm-2.30pm
The Lane

£8/£5

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In 1990, Tom Leonard – one of Scotland’s greatest poets and Paisley’s then Writer-in-Residence – unearthed a monumental collection of working-class poetry from Renfrewshire archives, unread for centuries. Glasgow University’s Professor Gerry Carruthers discusses Radical Renfrew’s influence, thirty years on, and that of the late, great Leonard himself.

Slogan Screen Printing with ReMode

Sat 29 Feb
2pm-5pm
POP! Piazza Shopping Centre
£12/£8

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Slogans have always been a popular way of spreading radical ideas. Take part in a hands-on print workshop led by upcycling experts ReMode. Print your own slogan onto recycled material and stitch it up to make a personalised Paisley Book Festival tote-bag.

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers Talk Books

Sat 29 Feb
3pm-4pm
Paisley Arts Centre

£12/£8

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Ahead of their musical performance later tonight, the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers (pictured above) share some of their latest work, talk books, and discuss how they manage to fit it all in. Don’t miss this entertaining hour with Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Alan Bissett presents…Kevin P. Gilday, Magi Gibson & Imogen Stirling

Sat 29 Feb
4.30pm-5.30pm
Bull Inn
£10/£6

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Catch three of Scotland’s brightest poetic talents! Kevin P. Gilday is one half of duo Sonnet Youth and acclaimed in his own right. Magi Gibson has been a mainstay of the scene for nearly thirty years and continues to inspire. They’re joined by award-winning slam champ Imogen Stirling in a unusual, intimate event.

Festival Finale: Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

Sat 29 Feb
7.30pm-9.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
£12/£8

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Join us to round off Paisley’s first ever book festival in style with the most literary rock band around, fresh from Glastonbury last summer. Taking to the stage as the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are best-loved authors Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

 

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