Our Programme

18th-27th February 2021

Opening Event: Radical New Futures

Feb. 18, 2021, 7 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Join us to launch this year’s festival as we give a taste of what’s in store over the next ten days. We’re joined by poet, playwright and performer Hannah Lavery, whose recent works The Drift and Lament for Sheku Boyah both call for accountability from a society that remains determined to look the other way. We also welcome writer Laura Waddell, whose recent book, Exit, is a wide-ranging exploration of exit signs and what might be on the other side. Finally, we hear from Renfrewshire local Alan Bissett with his new novella Lazy Suzan …

Newtopia: Women with Fierce Words

Feb. 18, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Newtopia is a multimedia performance of writing emerging from women’s disrupted lives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is presented by Women With Fierce Words – an inclusive collective of established women writers - who are joined from India by the award-winning poet, Saima Afreen. They have creatively examined this tumultuous time, its impact on their careers, family life, as well as the physical and emotional impact it has had on themselves. Come along to hear their powerful words as they weave a radical new future and join the conversation by posting your …

Journalling the Future: A writing and bookbinding workshop with Cass Barron and Julie Galante

Feb. 19, 2021, 2 p.m.

Zoom Interactive Workshop Tickets: £8/£5  
Can journaling change the future? In this collaborative writing and bookbinding workshop, facilitated by bookbinder Cass Barron and writer Julie Galante, we explore ways it might. The focused, contemplative nature of journalling is exactly the type of context in which radical, mindful change can be born, nourished, and sustained. Various approaches to journaling will be explored through discussion and writing prompts, before participants create a dynamic fold and stitch book structure designed by them. Please note: A kit of bookbinding materials will be mailed out to participants in advance, so participants need to be based …

Kirstin Innes and Outi Smith: Songs for a Scabby Queen

Feb. 19, 2021, 5 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Tracing the life and death of the charismatic protest singer and activist Clio Campbell, Kirstin Innes’ Scabby Queen was one of the best-received Scottish novels of 2020, praised by everyone from Ian Rankin to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. In this event, the Renfrewshire-based writer teams up with Lochwinnoch singer and composer Outi Smith to tell Clio’s story - and that of the turbulent recent past - through some of the songs that inspired her creation. Presented in association with Lochwinnoch Arts Festival


Feb. 19, 2021, 7 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Exiles by Victoria McNulty takes a snapshot of Glasgow in the aftermath of the Iraq War, telling the story of a young couple navigating a city riven by militarism, gentrification, boredom and sin. Recently released in print through Speculative Books, it draws on Glasgow’s working class heritage and imagines a post-industrial future, while challenging the perpetrators of state violence at home and abroad. In this event, Victoria performs excerpts from a live adaptation she has created specially for Paisley Book Festival, and has a discussion about the work. “Victoria pulls you in and commands your …

Old stories, New forms with Intan Paramaditha and Sarah Maria Griffin

Feb. 19, 2021, 9 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Fairy-tales and myths have been with us for centuries, with each new generation of writers bringing life to these oldest of stories. In her latest novel Other Words For Smoke, Irish writer Sarah Maria Griffin weaves witchy folklore and dark magic into a modern coming-of-age tale. Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha’s story collection Apple + Knife uses fairy-tales to explore occupying a female body in today’s world, whilst her debut novel The Wandering is a choose-your-own-adventure story about the choices we make and those that are made for us. Join these fascinating writers in conversation …

Vivian French and The Giant's Tea Party

Feb. 20, 2021, 10 a.m.

Family Event Age 5-10 yrs  Authors From Home Tickets: Free
Beloved children’s author and picture book expert Vivian French brings us a rollicking new fairytale adventure, The Giant’s Tea Party, which tells the story of Prince Max as he ventures into the valley of the giants. Drawing inspiration from recognisable fairy tale characters such as the geese that lay the golden eggs and a grumpy but wise old woman who has hundreds of pockets, Vivian shows us that even the oldest of stories can be reimagined, and used to help shape the future.

The Otherwhere Emporium with Ross Mackenzie

Feb. 20, 2021, noon

Family Event Ages 8-12 yrs Authors From Home Tickets: Free
Bringing us the heart-stopping finale to the multi award-winning Nowhere Emporium trilogy is one of Renfrewshire’s best-loved children’s authors, Ross Mackenzie. The Otherwhere Emporium transports us to a magical store which is a feast to the eyes and fuel for the imagination, but something sinister is lurking in the appearance of the menacing Vindictus Sharpe. What will the future hold for main character Mirren as she attempts to restore the shop’s rightful owner? Join Ross as he reads from the book and chats about his life-long love of reading with …

Hags, Hexes and Harpies with Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Rebecca Tamás

Feb. 20, 2021, 2 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

For a long time witches were thought of as entirely evil, tools of the devil. Later, they were reclaimed and cast as innocent healers and midwives. But could the truth lie outwith this simple binary? Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s adult debut novel The Mercies explores self-sufficient womanhood and sexual suspicion, while Rebecca Tamás’s debut poetry collection WITCH is a visceral, darkly funny journey. Join their conversation with author and festival Guest Curator Kirsty Logan to delve into witches, feminism, horror and power. Part of the Understories: Reclaiming the stories we think we know strand curated by …

Melanie Reid

Feb. 20, 2021, 4 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

In 2010, award-winning writer and The Times columnist Melanie Reid fell from her horse, breaking her neck and fracturing her lower back. Paralysed from the top of her chest down, she was to spend almost a full year in hospital, determinedly working towards recovery and learning to navigate through a world that had previously been invisible to her. During this time, she decided that writing would be her lifeline. To celebrate the paperback release of her honest and inspiring memoir, The World I Fell Out Of, Melanie joins Professor Rowena Murray from Lochwinnoch Arts …