20-29 February 2020
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of one of Scotland’s most beloved playwrights and artists – John Byrne. To mark his 80th year, John returns to his native Paisley for a birthday knees up and retrospective of his incredible body of work. Featuring readings from John’s plays, old and new, live music, and probably some cake.
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 7 p.m.
Since the publication of her debut novel The Trick Is To Keep Breathing thirty years ago, Janice Galloway’s lyrical, radical voice has cut through Scottish culture, continually redefining what it means to be Scottish, an artist and a woman. She talks to Kirstin Innes about her life, work, and anything else that takes her fancy.
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
At once a poetic memoir taking in #MeToo, sex, porn, love and ageing in a gendered world, This Script is Jenny Lindsay’s powerful response to many current feminist conflicts, replete with a trademark wit and lyrical dexterity that makes her one of Scotland’s most lauded spoken word poets.
Paisley Central Library - Feb. 23, 2020, 10 a.m.
Free, drop in
Pop into Paisley Central Library, where a whole day of fun family activities will be taking place, challenging your preconceptions of what goes into a library. Don’t miss our Dip into Digital workshops, Virtual Reality sessions, Bookbug songs and rhymes, and crafts and storytelling abound.
Wevolution - Feb. 23, 2020, 11 a.m.
£5 (3-5yrs)/FREE (0-2yrs with adult) + bkg fee
A fusion of traditional storytelling with role-play and creative writing on the festival theme of Rousing Rebels. Gather around our indoor campfire as we explore stories from around the world, then work together to create brand new stories of our very own! Run by Oak Tree Arts.
Paisley Central Library - Feb. 23, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
Free but ticketed
Explore the different ways comics tell stories and then create your own, inspired by Paisley’s history and heritage. Led by Paul Bristow, author of a new graphic novel exploring the Paisley Radicals of 1820, which will also be previewed at this event. Supported by Renfrewshire Council Culture Heritage and Events Fund (CHEF).
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 1 p.m.
Two very different but equally subversive accounts of pregnancy. Chitra Ramaswamy’s beautiful memoir Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy follows nine months of gestation, the story of a pregnant body and an artist’s mind. My Shitty Twenties is Emily Morris’s honest, caustic, hilarious and poignant look at her accidental pregnancy and single motherhood. Baby-friendly event.
Paisley Arts Centre - Studio GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Nikesh Shukla is the author of books including Meatspace, Run, Riot and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant. In this workshop for writers of colour, Nikesh shares his writing tips and leads some exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Designed in partnership with the BAME Scottish Writers Network.
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 5 p.m.
2020 marks the arrival of three highly-anticipated new books by some of the most exciting young writers around – Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan, Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth and Scabby Queen by Kirstin Innes. Here they discuss the politics of writing rebellious, non-conformist female protagonists.
Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 7 p.m.
Nikesh Shukla is the author of books including Meatspace, Run, Riot and The Boxer, as well as editor of the critically acclaimed essay collection The Good Immigrant. Join Nikesh in conversation with Lisa Williams, of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event.