Paisley Book Festival: Five things not to miss

Tuesday 18th February, 2020

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival begins this week with 10 days of fantastic events and activities for all ages.

Based around the central theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories, the Festival will take inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals and explore how we can honour their challenging ideas and vibrant energy.

The colourful and diverse programme will see acclaimed writers from across the UK taking part in discussion panels, masterclasses, workshops, storytelling, performances and much more.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of events taking place over the 10 days – but we’ve picked out five that you definitely won’t want to miss.

 

 

Nikesh Shukla

Image of Nikesh Shukla, who will be at Paisley Book Festival

Sun 23 Feb

7pm-8.30pm

Paisley Arts Centre

£10/£6

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The author of books including Meatspace, Run, Riot and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant. Join Nikesh in conversation with Jay G Ying, co-founder of the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event.

 

 

The Fountain’s Evening of Rebel Poetry

Image of Hollie McNish, who will be performing at The Fountain's Evening at Paisley Book Festival

Thurs 27 Feb

7pm-8.30pm

Paisley Arts Centre

£12/£8

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The Fountain introduces some of the UK’s finest poetry, including Michael Pedersen reading from his recent collection Oyster, plus new works; Sarah Stewart with her publication Glisk; and Hollie McNish, who shares openly from her latest work, not for the faint-hearted. Wash it all down with a refreshing G&T from Isle of Harris Distillery.

 

 

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

Paisley Arts Centre

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.

 

 

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

Image of Magi Gibson, who will be at the Paisley Book Festival

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.

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