Paisley Book Festival 2022: 5 events not to miss

Thursday 10th February, 2022

Paisley Book Festival returns from Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 February with a packed programme of events that everyone can enjoy.

The 10-day celebration of all things books, reading and writing will showcase some of the best and most diverse voices being published today in Scotland and beyond.

Join us to take a closer look at five events you do not want to miss at Paisley Book Festival 2022.

Opening Night: Stories Mak Us

Stories that Mak Us event at Paisley Book Festival


  • Venue – Central Library, 15 Mill St, PA1 1ND
  • Date – 17th February at 7:00pm – 8:30 pm
  • Book tickets here

Enjoy a warm welcome back to Paisley Book Festival with the introduction of a brand-new theme for this year – Stories Mak Us – and celebrate the fundamental role that narratives play in shaping our lives. In this opening night event, appearances will be made from Edinburgh-based Latinx poet Andrés N. Ordorica to celebrate his debut poetry collection At Least This I Know, Scots storyteller and musician Alan McClure, and enjoy a special reprise from last year’s Writer in Residence Imogen Stirling as she performs work from her newly published, Love the Sinner.


Small Small Rainbows

Small Small Rainbows event at Paisley Book Festival 2022



  • Venue – The Students’ Union (Main Hall), Storie St, PA1 2HB
  • Date – 19th February at 12:00pm – 1:00 pm
  • Book tickets here

One for the kids! Teeny tiny stories is packed full of joyful, curious, colourful characters. There are hamster pirates, hopeful aliens and whispering friends… Take a few minutes to let your imagination go on a small adventure, and then bring it back for a chat about the places it’s been. For age 0+. Stories especially suited to ages 4-11.


Walking With Words: Oot and Aboot in Paisley

Paisley town centre


  • Venue – The Students’ Union (Upstairs Room), Storie St, PA1 2HB
  • Date – 20th February at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Book tickets here

Come along for a guided writing workshop exploring Paisley town centre in collaboration with Lapidus Scotland and led by poets Andy Jackson and Mairi Murphy. After a brief introduction indoors, participants will be sent outside to create a ‘Snapshot of Paisley’ through creative writing and found poetry. Poems may be inspired by words and images found on shop front signs, buildings, statues, overheard conversations, or even photographs. In the second part of the event, participants will bring their findings together and create a collaborative ‘patchwork’ poem of Paisley.

Please dress for the weather as part of this event will be taking place outdoors. You may also wish to bring a camera or smartphone to collect images on your way; this is not essential.


The Writer in Residence presents…Darren McGarvey and Ely Percy

Ely Percy will be at Paisley Book Festival 2022



  • Venue – UWS Main Hall, Storie St, PA1 2HB
  • Date – 20th February at 8:00pm – 9:00 pm
  • Book tickets here

From adversity to identity, personal narratives shape our lives and the lives of others. Through sharing stories, we find belonging and understanding, and build power and connections within our communities. Scots Writer O the Year 2021 and festival Writer-in-Residence Victoria McNulty invites two of Scotland’s most exciting wordsmiths to join her on stage and share some of their own stories: acclaimed writer and rapper Darren McGarvey (aka Loki) and Ely Percy, an audience favourite from last year’s digital festival and recent winner of Scottish Book of the Year 2021 for their Renfrewshire dialect novel Duck Feet.


Song from the Last Page: Festival Finale

Songs from the Last Page event at Paisley Book Festival 2022



  • Venue – The Students’ Union (Main Hall), Storie St, PA1 2HB
  • Date – 26th February at 8:00pm – 9:30 pm
  • Book tickets here

This year’s festival will be rounded off with a heart-warming musical celebration of Scottish writers and the world of stories. Songs from the Last Page is a brand-new collection of songs that has been specially created by Chamber Music Scotland, each one taking the last page of a book and that moment when the reader silently reads the final lines of a story, and transforming it into music. This event will feature songwriter Gareth Williams at the piano, Aisling O’Dea on violin and Justyna Jablonska on cello, and will include settings of last lines from Scottish classics including Lanark, Treasure Island, and also some writers with Paisley connections.

Find out more about Paisley Book Festival 2022

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