What’s On this weekend: 21 February 2020

Friday 21st February, 2020

The first-ever Paisley Book Festival got underway this week for 10 days of fantastic events for all ages to enjoy.

The colourful and diverse programme will see acclaimed authors from across the UK take part in panel discussions, storytelling, workshops, masterclasses, live performances and much more.

In this special What’s On guide, we take a closer look at some of the great events taking place during the first weekend of the Festival.

Plus, you can see the full line-up here.


They Felt the Fear and Did it Anyway – POP at Piazza – Saturday – 11am

One for the kids! Squeaker the wood mouse doesn’t let the overbearing grouse change him into someone he’s not. Cameron the capercaillie can’t dance but he learns to feel the fear and do it anyway. And Rosie the Crime Squirrel Investigator is determined to discover who ate her nuts. Join author and CBeebies screenwriter Emily Dodd for songs, stories, science and a water squirting squirrel. Book places at the link below.



Janice Galloway: Transfiguring the Commonplace – Paisley Arts Centre – Saturday – 7pm

Since the publication of her debut novel The Trick Is To Keep Breathing thirty years ago, Janice Galloway’s lyrical, radical voice has cut through Scottish culture. She talks to Kirstin Innes about her life, work, and anything else that takes her fancy. Tickets available at the link below.




Showcase Sunday – Paisley Central Library – Sunday – 10am – 4pm

Pop into Paisley Central Library, where a whole day of fun family activities will be taking place, challenging your preconceptions of what goes into a library. Don’t miss Dip into Digital workshops, Virtual Reality sessions, Bookbug songs and rhymes, and crafts and storytelling abound. This is a free, drop in event.



Nikesh Shukla – Paisley Arts Centre – Sunday – 7pm

Nikesh Shukla is 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 Lisa Williams, of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event. Tickets available at the link below.