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Thursday 20th February

Pop Up Poetry Shop

Bianco e Nero - Feb. 20, 2020, 10 a.m.

10am-12pm

Free, drop in

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

 

 

Opening Night: Radical Renfrewshire

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 20, 2020, 7 p.m.

7pm-9pm
£10/£6+bkg fee 

Join us for the opening night of Paisley Book Festival 2020, where we’ll be treated to an exclusive reading from Scottish radicalism expert Maggie Craig, poetry from Renfrewshire born Jim Carruth, and music from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Heir of the Cursed. We’ll also be sharing what’s in store over the next nine days. 

 

Friday 21st February

365: Stories and Music

POP - Feb. 21, 2020, 10 a.m.

10am-5pm

FREE, drop in 

Drop in to experience this very special sound installation of contemporary Scottish stories and music by acclaimed author James Robertson and musician Aidan O’Rourke (of Lau). Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, this is an epic built on the beauty of the miniature. A collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.

 

 

 

Pop Up Poetry Shop

Fairfull Cafe - Feb. 21, 2020, 1 p.m.

1pm-3pm

Free, drop in

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

 

 

 

Poets in the Library

Paisley Central Library - Feb. 21, 2020, 7 p.m.

7pm-9pm

Free but ticketed

Hear from some of Scotland’s foremost radical writers including Sheila Templeton, Linda Jackson, Tracy Patrick, Ross Wilson, Graham Fulton and Brian Whittingham (the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire). These voices tell much-needed stories of rebellion from the Paisley mills, Kelty mines, Clydeside shipyards and Aberdeen fish-markets. 

 

Create Cafe: Paisley Book Festival Special

Blend - Feb. 21, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Ages 12-21

7.30pm-10pm

Free, drop in 

Create Cafe is a fun, creative place to express yourself, make friends and try new experiences. In this Paisley Book Fest special, we will showcase young songwriters and poets, and have mini creative writing workshops throughout the evening on themes of Paisley’s heritage and radicalism.

  

 

 

Saturday 22nd February

Custom Stories While You Wait

POP - Feb. 22, 2020, 10 a.m.

10am-5pm

Free, drop in

Luke Winter writes stories for strangers on a typewriter, and he'd like to write for you! All he needs is a title or subject, and away his imagination will go, creating a unique story that will be yours to take home. Find Luke at our pop-up space in the Piazza shopping centre. 

 

 

 

Pop Up Poetry Shop

Bianco e Nero - Feb. 22, 2020, 10 a.m.

10am-12pm

Free, drop in

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

 

 

Breaking the Mould: Creating Disabled and Low-Income Access to Publishing

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

 

12.30pm-1.30pm

£8/£5+bkg fee 

Award-winning author Ever Dundas is joined by Stuart White, founder of Write Mentor; Briana Pegado, director of Creative Edinburgh; and Lynsey Rogers, Writing Communities Coordinator at the Scottish Book Trust, in this discussion about diversity in publishing – and what positive changes are being made to open the gates. Chaired by Julie Farrell.

 

We have priced our festival accordingly, but we understand that the price is not always possible for audiences who are struggling financially. If you want to attend the events but cannot afford the ticket costs, please contact us: [email protected]. If you can afford …

Make Your Own Zine Workshop

POP - Feb. 22, 2020, 2 p.m.

Ages 12+

2pm-4pm

£8+bkg fee 

Join illustrator and comics artist Maria Stoian for a radical zine workshop, where you’ll make a pocket booklet from scratch. Work with a range of materials to develop your message and explore an issue you care about. Get your thoughts onto paper, make some art, and spread your voice!