February 2021

About the Festival

Welcome to Paisley’s inaugural Book Festival. The event took inspiration from the 200th anniversary of the Paisley Radicals reflecting on their spirit with a programme of grassroots activism, new ideas and political conversation.

With many events for all the family: children, young adults and adults, there was something for everyone over the ten days of the Paisley Book Festival. Whilst some of these events were priced, many were free, and we tried wherever possible to make the festival as accessible as possible to the widest audience. Acclaimed writers from across the UK took part in discussion panels, masterclasses, workshops, storytelling and performances.

We hope you had fun with the family in Paisley this February, a fresh destination to enjoy reading with your children, and discover something new.

Radical Voices & Rebel Stories

Over the course of 10 days we brought you a huge range of events and activities for all ages, based on the central theme of Radical Voices and Rebel Stories. Throughout the festival, we heard from diverse creative voices, both local and from further afield, about what it means to be a rebel in today’s unequal society. Drawing on the Paisley Radicals of 1820 as our inspiration, the Paisley Book Festival explored how to honour their challenging ideas and vibrant energy 200 years later.

The present day is no less ridden with antiquated values and attitudes that need to be challenged and reimagined by new readers, thinkers and writers. Paisley Book Festival used the voices of the past as inspiration to pick a way forward, a space to discover new ideas and explore them through the powerful tool of words.

Booking Tickets

There are several ways to buy tickets for the festival. We offer concessions to students, for those aged under 16 and over 60. Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged or refunded.

We offer concessions to students, for those aged under 16 and over 60. Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged or refunded.


There is a £1 transaction fee for all bookings made online. This includes postage if you opt to have your tickets posted out to you.

You can book online through the Paisley Book Festival or the Renfrewshire Leisure website:



On the Phone

To book tickets over the phone simply call Paisley Arts Centre and they will do it for you: 0300 300 1210

Lines are open: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

In Person

To book tickets in person simply pop into any Library in Renfrewshire where they will assist with your online booking or Paisley Arts Centre during working hours.

Box office opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Hotels and Accommodation

For information on accommodation, places to eat and things to do during your stay visit Paisley.Is