February 2021


Paisley’s inaugural Book Festival took inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals reflecting their spirit with a programme of grassroots activism, new ideas and political conversation. With events for children, teenagers, the family and adults, there was something for everyone over the ten days of the Paisley Book Festival.

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Janet Coats Memorial Prize

Paisley Book Festival 2020's theme was Radical Voices and Rebel Stories and, inspired by the voices and actions of radical young people on climate change we requested that poets across Scotland submit their work for the Janet Coats Memorial Prize. As you can see from these shortlisted poems the standard was very high. Winners for 2020 are Basara Basit and Sylvia Telfer.

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Learning is a key part of the Paisley Book Festival with panel discussions and workshops at the core of our programme. As well as encouraging reading for enjoyment, debate and discussion we also have a Schools Programme. For more information on this contact our programmer.

Thank you for supporting the inaugural Paisley Book Festival. We will back in 2021.

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