20-29 February 2020

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Saturday 22nd February

John Byrne's Big Birthday Bash

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

4.30pm-6pm

£15/£12+bkg fee 

*SOLD OUT*

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. 

 

 

 

Janice Galloway: Transfiguring the Commonplace

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 7 p.m.

7pm-8pm

£10/£6+bkg fee 

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.   

 

 

This Script with Jenny Lindsay

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 22, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

8.30pm-9.30pm

£10/£6+bkg fee

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. 

 

Sunday 23rd February

Showcase Sunday

Paisley Central Library - Feb. 23, 2020, 10 a.m.

10am-4pm

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.

 

 

 

Campfire Club: Rousing Rebels

Wevolution - Feb. 23, 2020, 11 a.m.

Ages 3-5

11am-11.45am

£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.

Make Comics History

Paisley Central Library - Feb. 23, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

12.30pm-2pm

Free but ticketed

*SOLD OUT*

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). 

 

 

 

Chitra Ramaswamy and Emily Morris: Othering Motherhood

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 1 p.m.

1pm-2pm

£10/£6+bkg fee

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. 

 

BAME Writing Masterclass with Nikesh Shukla

Paisley Arts Centre - Studio GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

2.30pm-4.30pm

£8/£5+bkg fee 

*SOLD OUT*

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. 

Jenni Fagan, Kirstin Innes & Emma Jane Unsworth: Writing Rebel Women

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 5 p.m.

5pm-6pm

£10/£6+bkg fee 

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. 

 

Nikesh Shukla

Paisley Arts Centre - Theatre GA - Feb. 23, 2020, 7 p.m.

7pm-8.30pm

£10/£6+bkg fee

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.