Our Programme

18th-27th February 2021

A Wee Bird Was Watching with Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper

Feb. 27, 2021, 10 a.m.

Family Event Age 5-8 yrs  Authors From Home Tickets: Free
A young girl and her mother settle in the woods for a night's sleep, after a long and tiring journey. But who will keep them safe from harm? A Wee Bird Was Watching is a heart-warming picture book from award-winning songwriter and debut children’s writer Karine Polwart and acclaimed illustrator Kate Leiper, which speaks volumes about our relationship with nature and the need to take care of each other in times of need. Through music and drawing, join Karine and Kate as they discover an enchanted woodland of delights, in …

Leaping into the Future with Patience Agbabi

Feb. 27, 2021, noon

Family Event Age 8-12 yrs  Authors From Home Tickets: Free
The Infinite tells the story of Elle, a Leapling – one of the special children born on 29th February who possess The Gift of moving through time. With her best pal Big Ben, she sets off on a journey into the future – to fix things before it's too late. Patience Agbabi is one of Britain’s most celebrated poets and performers, whose books have included the Ted Hughes Prize shortlisted Telling Tales, a contemporary reimagining of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The Infinite is Patience’s first book for children and …

Cal Flyn and Lisa Woollett: What We Leave Behind

Feb. 27, 2021, 2 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

From Inchkeith in the Firth of Forth to the Exclusion Zone at Chernobyl, from the factories of Detroit to a forgotten garden in the mountains of Tanzania, Cal Flyn’s Islands of Abandonment explores the places from which human beings have turned and walked away. Lisa Woollett is drawn to the abandoned, too, but it is the objects we discard that she seeks out in her new book, Rag and Bone. Beach-combing and mudlarking, she documents what others have thrown away, and in doing so, reveals much about our history and culture. Consider what we …

Changing the Future in Graphic Form: Kate Charlesworth in conversation with Val McDermid

Feb. 27, 2021, 4 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Cartoonist, illustrator and writer Kate Charlesworth has championed diversity in comics and graphic novels since the 1970s, when she first pitched a comic strip featuring two gay men to the Manchester Evening News. Since then, she has published work everywhere from The Pink Paper to the New Scientist, collaborated with the likes of Mary and Brian Talbot to create Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, and most recently brought us a graphic guide to queer history - Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide. In advance of Will Eisner week, Kate chats with Val McDermid about how …

Alastair McIntosh: Climate and Community

Feb. 27, 2021, 6 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free

Alastair McIntosh is one of Scotland’s most eloquent and compelling voices on land reform, community regeneration and human ecology. His new book, Riders on the Storm, addresses climate change, its dangers and deniers. Like all of his work, it is wise, compassionate and rigorous, and despite the enormous crisis it narrates, it is a book that offers readers a glimpse of hope — a hope rooted, as he puts it, in ‘soil, soul and society’. In this event, Alastair will discuss his writing and his activism in conversation with Roxani Krystalli. Part of the …

Festival Finale: The Bookshop Band

Feb. 27, 2021, 8 p.m.

Authors From Home Tickets: Free
Celebrate the end of Paisley Book Festival 2021 with a specially curated performance on the theme of Radical New Futures from The Bookshop Band. This offspring of an artistic love-affair between a duo of English folk singer-songwriters and a multi-award winning independent bookshop, Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, now resides in Wigtown, Scotland. They write and perform songs inspired by books, and have released 13 studio albums featuring many of the authors they have worked with. Join us as we raise a toast to the rest of 2021 (and beyond), and the bookish delights …