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Victoria McNulty is Paisley Book Festival’s Writer-in-Residence

by on 3 February 2022 0
Following a successful inaugural year of the Writer-in-Residence position, led by writer, educator and musician, Imogen Stirling, Paisley Book Festival announces Victoria McNulty as their 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... Read More

Paisley Book Festival launches programme for 2022

by on 7 December 2021 0
The third annual Paisley Book Festival consisting of more than 50 unique events running between 17-26 February 2022 has been launched.  It’s a programme filled with workshops, author events, book launches and opportunities for both established and emerging writers to showcase their work on the international stage. Next year has been designated Scotland’s Year... Read More

Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

by on 1 July 2021 0
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, reviewed by Keira Brown, co-producer of the Paisley Book Festival. Shuggie Bain, the Booker Prize-winning novel from Douglas Stuart, is a well-crafted joy of a read that embeds characters in your mind that prove almost impossible to shake. All the while, managing to convey the energy of areas of Glasgow... Read More

Background Paper 3 (Proposed Housing Developments, Dykebar)

by on 12 May 2021 0
By Morag Smith An indicative masterplan has been prepared for this teenage Devil’s Playground where gargoyles smile from burrs on trees and lockdown lovers kiss in the patients’ garden, slow-grown, gone in a blink Garlic. Daisy. Hawksbeard. Bluebell. Owners confirm the overgrown buildings are surplus to current operational needs Life overwinters in rubble, dead... Read More


by on 12 May 2021 0
By Gemma Livingstone Seven decades ago I began to breathe A new life watching over a new house Part of a new estate being built The town growing into the green belt The houses spewed black smoke as coal fires burnt The cars pumped out an awful smell into the air And when I... Read More

Book Review: Scabby Queen by Kirstin Innes

by on 10 February 2021 0
Reviewed by Keira Brown, co-producer of the Paisley Book Festival After winning Not The Booker Prize with Fishnet in 2015, Lochwinnoch-based Kirstin Innes has exceeded the anticipation surrounding her new novel, Scabby Queen, In fact, five years later, she’s delivered an even better novel than her protagonist, Clio Campbell, does an album in this... Read More

Book Review: Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

by on 13 January 2021 0
Reviewed by Keira Brown, co-producer of the Paisley Book Festival Andrew O’Hagan has done it again. Ever since reading The Illuminations, I have noted this author’s ability to revolve novels around sensitive subjects. Anchored by a succinct voice and wonderful characterisation, he does so marvellously in Mayflies. It’s Summer 1986 in the west coast... Read More