Our Programme

18th-27th February 2021

Radical Voices with Tannahill Arts and Heritage

Feb. 25, 2021, 1 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Tannahill Arts and Heritage brings world-class artists to Paisley, including the finest homegrown talent. In this unique collaboration with Paisley Book Festival, poetry old and new will be brought to life in new music composed and performed by Paisley’s own composer Alan Fleming-Baird, soprano Stephanie Strachan, and pianist Toni James. By bringing music and words together, these artists fuel the imagination and explore themes of poverty, love, our relationship with the natural world and the human condition. Enjoy an intimate, expressive, musical meditation that steps back in time in order to look to the future.  

A Kist of Thistles: Radical Poetry for a New Future

Feb. 25, 2021, 5 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

A Kist of Thistles is a new anthology of radical poetry from contemporary Scotland published by Culture Matters, which includes new and previously published work from a diverse range of poets from Scotland and beyond. This collection includes Renfrewshire based poets, new working class poets, refugee poets and many well-known names. In this showcase event, editor Jim Aitken and Paisley based poet Morag Smith introduce live readings from work rich with passion, anger and humour that looks forward to a future Scotland and a better and fairer world for everyone. 

Alex Gray and Diarmid MacArthur

Feb. 25, 2021, 7 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

No matter how complex your plot, how distant your galaxy, how intrepid your heroes and how vile your villains, sometimes the truth is more chilling and unexpected than even writers can envisage. Crime-writing sensation Alex Gray’s latest novel Before the Storm is the 18th in her DSI Lorimer series, as a horrific catastrophe brews between Glasgow and Zimbabwe. She's joined by Diarmid MacArthur, originally a science fiction writer, who brings us his first two crime novels in a suspense-filled trilogy. Reflecting on their own terrifying plotlines and eerie projections into the future, we welcome these …

The Fountain's Evening of Quarantine Dreaming

Feb. 25, 2021, 9 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Don’t miss this energetic evening featuring some of the UK’s finest performers, including Scottish-Algerian poet, Janette Ayachi, performing from her work-in-progress Lonerlust, poet and author Salena Godden reading from her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death as well as ex Melody Maker music journalist, Heath Common, reading from Viral Verses, a collection compiled to raise funds for the NHS during the pandemic. Curated and presented by The Fountain, a cultural review with a Scottish voice, the night concludes with Adam Stafford and music from Fire Behind The Curtain, a frenetic and yet melodic LP that …