As part of Paisley Book Festival 2021, the Festival invited submissions from Scottish-based authors for its first Writer-in-Residence programme, which was funded by support from Creative Scotland. This position, which by necessity has had to take place digitally this year rather than in person, was intended to work with local communities in and around Paisley and help the festival to reach wider audiences.
Glasgow-based writer, musician, and educator, Imogen Stirling, was selected from an extremely strong shortlist. She has a strong background in poetry, playwriting, and performance, and she also took part in Paisley Book Festival 2020. Imogen has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad and has been highly commended for her five-star debut show, #Hypocrisy. Imogen was a participant in the BBC Words First talent development scheme (in partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language) and will be featured in the upcoming Sky Arts documentary, Life & Rhymes, hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah.
As Digital Writer-in-Residence, Imogen will be hosting 15 online workshops with Renfrewshire community groups in January and February 2021, and writing her own response to this year's festival theme, Radical New Futures. She has also curated three of our festival events this year and will be hosting these during February.