Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence 2022

Following a successful inaugural year of the Writer-in-Residence position, led by writer, educator and musician, Imogen Stirling, we are delighted to announce Victoria McNulty our 2022 Festival Writer-in-Residence.

Victoria McNulty is a poet, performer and community arts worker from the East End of Glasgow.  Her writing centres around local stories and histories, touching on social class and personal experience.  Victoria’s collection Confessionals (Speculative Books) was developed into a spoken word show (Sonnet Youth) and toured nationally to critical acclaim. She was a participant in New Reekie’s Residency at Curfew Tower, County Antrim and has performed at established arts festivals across the UK and Ireland including The Edinburgh Festival, BBC 6 Music Festival, Fèile an Phobail (Belfast) and The James Connolly Festival (Dublin).

Work from her recent publication and feature length film Exiles (Speculative Books/ Fair Pley) has been awarded the John Byrne Award (2021) Third Quarter Prize.  Victoria is the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam (2019) Runner Up and Sonnet Youth Slam Champion.  She was awarded Writer O the Year at the Scots Language Awards (2021).

Victoria McNulty

Victoria McNulty

Our 2022 Festival Writer-in-Residence

Victoria McNulty and Kirstyn Jane Boyle present Wolf Moon.

The Writer in Residence at the Paisley Book Festival presents an opportunity for a mid-career writer to engage creatively with the festival’s remit, programme and themes, and to use their skills and experience to support the work and passions of local reading and writing groups. One of the main aims of this role is to work with local communities and help us reach wider audiences. This post is funded by Creative Scotland.

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