The very best live music, theatre, comedy, dance and film; right on your doorstep. Check out our brand new event listings below.


The Snow Queen
27 November- 31 December

PACE Theatre Company return to Paisley Arts Centre this Christmas with the magical tale of The Snow Queen. Following on from the huge success of last year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s annual pantomime will be written and directed by Andy McGregor. Starring returning panto dame, Chris Alexander, along with a stellar cast, this show promises to deliver PACE's trademark blend of original music, audience participation, hilarious comedy, and traditional family fun. ‘flying a very jolly, roguish flag for small-scale, local panto’ The Herald.

Festive Tea Dance
Monday 16 December 2019 13:00:00

Festive Tea Dance 16th December 2019 1pm

Festive Tea Dance
Saturday 28 December 2019 13:00:00

Festive Tea Dance 28th December 2019 1pm

Festive Ceilidh 2019
Saturday 28 December 2019 19:30:00

Festive Family Ceilidh: Celebrate the end of 2019 with a traditional evening of Scottish music and ceilidh dancing for everyone to enjoy. Early booking is recommended!

Sign Language Club
Monday 13 January 2020 19:00:00

A six week block of British Sign Language classes held at Paisley Arts Centre taught in a fun and friendly environment, come along to learn the basics or improve your knowledge of BSL.

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns
Wednesday 5 February 2020 19:30:00

Featuring the great songs and poems of Burns, such as ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Charlie is my Darlin’ and, of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, this hilarious comedy proves that love and relationships haven’t changed that much in 200 years after all.

Fault Lines
Saturday 8 February 2020 19:30:00

A fashion show on the fracture between feminism and fabric. A catwalk which takes you from Haute Couture to bargain bin, from big beats to near silence. Five diverse performers take to the stage on a catwalk like no other! Garments flow, stilettos break, hair is pulled up, let loose, let free! Jazzy moves, heartfelt stories and heart-throbbing energy fills the room.

But, I'm a Cheerleader (15) (Film)
Thursday 13 February 2020 19:30:00

Renfrewshire Council’s LGBT+ staff Network has selected 2 films celebrating LGBT stories for LGBT History month 2020.

Pride (15) (Film)
Friday 14 February 2020 19:30:00

Renfrewshire Council’s LGBT+ staff Network has selected 2 films celebrating LGBT stories for LGBT History month 2020.

The Tannahill Weavers
Saturday 15 February 2020 19:30:00

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

Pop Up Poetry Shop
20,22 & 28 February 10am-12pm

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

Opening Night: Radical Renfrewshire
Thursday 20 February 2020 19:00:00

Join us for the opening night of Paisley Book Festival 2020, where we’ll be treated to an exclusive reading from Scottish radicalism expert Maggie Craig, poetry from Renfrewshire born Jim Carruth, and music from Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Heir of the Cursed. We’ll also be sharing what’s in store over the next nine days.

Pop Up Poetry Shop Fairfull Cafe
21,24,26 & 29 February 1pm-3pm

Paisley has a rich poetic history, from Robert Tannahill to Tom Leonard. If you’d like to write creatively - either poetry or prose - drop in to browse books, poems, Paisley maps and photographs in the Pop-up Poetry Shop. Be creative. Whatever you write is right!

365: Stories and Music
21st-29th February 10am-5pm

Drop in to experience this very special sound installation of contemporary Scottish stories and music by acclaimed author James Robertson and musician Aidan O’Rourke (of Lau). Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, this is an epic built on the beauty of the miniature. A collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.

Poets in the Library
Friday 21 February 2020 19:00:00

Hear from some of Scotland’s foremost radical writers including Sheila Templeton, Linda Jackson, Tracy Patrick, Ross Wilson, Graham Fulton and Brian Whittingham (the Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire). These voices tell much-needed stories of rebellion from the Paisley mills, Kelty mines, Clydeside shipyards and Aberdeen fish-markets.

Create Cafe: Paisley Book Festival Special
Friday 21 February 2020 19:30:00

Create Cafe is a fun, creative place to express yourself, make friends and try new experiences. In this Paisley Book Fest special, we will showcase young songwriters and poets, and have mini creative writing workshops throughout the evening on themes of Paisley’s heritage and radicalism.

Custom Stories While You Wait
22 & 29 Feb 10am-5pm

Luke Winter writes stories for strangers on a typewriter, and he'd like to write for you! All he needs is a title or subject, and away his imagination will go, creating a unique story that will be yours to take home. Find Luke at our pop-up space in the Piazza shopping centre.

They Felt the Fear and Did it Anyway
Saturday 22 February 2020 10:00:00

Join award-winning Kenyan/Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies for incredible stories from her dual heritage that celebrate those who stood their ground despite facing difficulties. Told with riotous dynamism, warmth and humour, share in the joy of this ancient, thrilling art form. Love stories? Then you are sure to love this!

Make Your Own Zine Workshop
Saturday 22 February 2020 14:00:00

Join illustrator and comics artist Maria Stoian for a radical zine workshop, where you’ll make a pocket booklet from scratch. Work with a range of materials to develop your message and explore an issue you care about. Get your thoughts onto paper, make some art, and spread your voice!

UWS Inspiring Women Lecture with Kirsty Wark
Saturday 22 February 2020 14:00:00

UWS’s Inspiring Women Lecture Series presents Kirsty Wark, one of the nation’s best known presenters and now bestselling author, in conversation with award winning journalist Ruth Wishart. Kirsty will talk about her new novel and share her experiences of political reporting in a career that has spanned some of the UK’s most pivotal moments.

John Byrne's Big Birthday Bash
Saturday 22 February 2020 16:30:00

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
Saturday 22 February 2020 19:00:00

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
Saturday 22 February 2020 20:30:00

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.

Showcase Sunday
23rd Feb - 10am-4pm

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
Sunday 23 February 2020 11:00:00

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
23rd Feb, 12.30pm-2pm

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
23rd Feb 1pm-2pm

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
23rd Feb - 2.30pm-4.30pm

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
Sunday 23 February 2020 17:00:00

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
23rd Feb 7pm-8.30pm

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 Jay G Ying, co-founder of the BAME Scottish Writers Network, some of whom will also be performing in this event.

Jenny's Well Press presents: Writers and Rebellion
23 Feb 5.30pm-6.30pm

Literature often embodies rebellion as a cultural response to events that are happening in society. Renfrewshire’s only independent publisher, Jenny’s Well Press, presents five Scottish writers – Jim Ferguson, Fiona Lindsay, Tracy Patrick, Dave Manderson and Carl MacDougall – whose fictional characters go against the grain.

Confessions of a Rebel Crime Writer with Alex Gray and Caro Ramsay
24th Feb 7.30pm-8.30pm

Two Scottish crime writers discuss the secrets behind their novels, revealing forensic research and confessing the quirks and strange stories surrounding their profession. Alex Gray, author of Five Ways to Kill a Man and co-founder of Bloody Scotland joins Caro Ramsay, author of the acclaimed Anderson & Costello series.

Creative Writing with Open Book
25th Feb 11am-1pm

Join Open Book lead reader Lesley Macniven for an informal session of reading fiction and poetry together, followed by some easy creative writing prompts in response to our discussion. Plus a chance to sign up for this evening's Open Mic session. All welcome!

Relaxed Open Mic with Open Book
25th Feb 5pm-6.30pm

Calling local writers to take part in a relaxed open mic session, inspired by the festival’s theme Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, and led by the Open Book creative writing group that runs regularly in Paisley Central Library. Limited sign-up slots available on the night.

We Are Paisley Radicals!
25th February - 7.30pm-9pm

Fundamental Conduit are an exciting project based in Paisley, mixing spoken word, music and performance. In this thought-provoking event, you will hear stories about Paisley radicals and some of the key moments in this inspiring history, reflecting on local radicalism and rebellion within our current political climate.

Bookbug in the Bath (Gaelic)
26 Feb - 10.30am-11.10am

Dive in for a sing and a splash with Bookbug in the bath in Gaelic. Please be pool-side 5 minutes before the session starts so as not to miss a single splosh! In association with Scottish Book Trust.

Bookbug in the Bath (English)
26 Feb - 11.30am-12.10am

Dive in for a sing and a splash with Bookbug in the bath in English. Please be pool-side 5 minutes before the session starts so as not to miss a single splosh! In association with Scottish Book Trust.

Favourite Fictional Rebels
26th Feb - 5.30pm-6.30pm

Join Teaching Fellows from The Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh as they discuss their favourite rebellious characters from literature and ask you to share your own. From characters behaving badly to subtle acts of dissent, together we aim to create our very own Rebel Reading List.

Writing Queer Identities with Dean Atta & Eris Young
26 Feb - 7pm-8pm

Acclaimed poet and spoken word performer Dean Atta discusses his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, a bold coming of age story following a mixed-race gay teen, in conversation with writer-in-residence at Lighthouse Books Eris Young, whose new book They/Them/Their is a guide to non-binary and genderqueer identities.

Glasgow Women's Library Story Cafe: Radical Women
27 Feb - 2pm-4pm

Sit back, relax and listen to stories and poems that celebrate poets, writers and fighters - the radical women, from Jane Arthur and the thread mill workers to women campaigning for equality in publishing today. Rediscover the joy of being read to and enjoy tea and scones! In partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library and ROAR.

The Fountain's Evening of Rebel Poetry
27th Feb - 7pm-8.30pm

The Fountain introduces some of the UK’s finest poetry, including Michael Pedersen reading from his recent collection Oyster, plus new works; Sarah Stewart with her publication Glisk; and Hollie McNish, who shares openly from her latest work, not for the faint-hearted. Wash it all down with a refreshing G&T from Isle of Harris Distillery.

Jackie Kay
28 Feb 2020 - 5pm-6pm

Join us for an hour of poetry and entertainment with the Scots Makar and author of award-winning publications Jackie Kay, who’ll be reading poems on the festival’s theme of Radical Stories and Rebel Voices, including some new work inspired by the American performer and international activist Paul Robeson.

Janet Coats Memorial Prize Award Ceremony
28 Feb 2020 - 7.15pm-8.30pm

Paisley Book Festival’s theme this year is Radical Voices and Rebel Stories and, motivated by the voices and actions of radical young people on climate change we are celebrating poetry on this issue. Join this year's shortlist for the announcement of both the Adult and Under 18s winners of the Janet Coats Memorial Prize.

Alan Bissett presents...Chris McQueer
28 Feb 2020 - 9pm-10pm

Chris McQueer has become a sensation in Scottish literature, earning a reputation on the back of Hings – his debut book, now a BBC Scotland series – as the most surreal, funny and authentic of new voices. Given the success of its follow-up HWFG, catch him before he goes supernova.

Paisley Book Walk with Jules Verne
29 Feb - 10:00, 11:00, 16:00, 18:00

Travel through time with intrepid explorer Jules Verne and discover Paisley’s secret past through the eyes of literature’s heroes. Explore the abbey, and the very start of the written word, all the way through to a mysterious graveyard filled with ghosts. This immersive theatrical experience will surprise and delight all ages.

Fierce, Fearless and Free with Lari Don
Saturday 29 February 2020 12:00:00

Lari Don introduces Fierce Fearless & Free, her new collection of myths and legends about girls who escape ogres, defeat dragons, save villages, and never wait for a prince to save them. Come and hear about where she found these tales, why they are important and how they can inspire new stories.

Alan Bissett presents...Tom Leonard's Radical Renfrew: 30 Years On
Saturday 29 February 2020 13:30:00

In 1990, Tom Leonard – one of Scotland’s greatest poets and Paisley’s then Writer in Residence – unearthed a monumental collection of working-class poetry from Renfrewshire archives, unread for centuries. Glasgow University’s Professor Gerry Carruthers discusses Radical Renfrew’s influence, thirty years on, and that of the late, great Leonard himself.

Slogan Screen Printing with ReMode
Saturday 29 February 2020 14:00:00

Slogans have always been a popular way of spreading radical ideas. Take part in a hands-on print workshop led by upcycling experts ReMode. Print your own slogan onto recycled material and stitch it up to make a personalised Paisley Book Festival tote-tag.

Fun Lovin' Crime Writers Talk Books
Saturday 29 February 2020 15:00:00

Ahead of their musical performance later on in the evening, the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers share some of their latest work, talk books, and discuss how they manage to fit it all in. Don’t miss this entertaining hour with Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Alan Bissett presents...Kevin P Gilday, Magi Gibson and Imogen Stirling
Saturday 29 February 2020 16:30:00

Catch three of Scotland’s brightest poetic talents! Kevin P. Gilday is one half of duo Sonnet Youth and acclaimed in his own right. Magi Gibson has been a mainstay of the scene for nearly thirty years and continues to inspire. They’re joined by award-winning slam champ Imogen Stirling in an unusual, intimate event.

Festival Finale: Fun Lovin' Crime Writers
29 Feb - 7.30pm-9.30pm

Join us to round off Paisley’s first ever book festival in style with the most literary rock band around, fresh from Glastonbury last summer. Taking to the stage as the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are best-loved authors Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Doug Johnstone, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.

Blazin' Fiddles
Sunday 8 March 2020 19:30:00

One of today’s foremost Scottish folk acts, Blazin Fiddles combine over 20 years experience with ever-renewed musical appetite, vitality and sophistication.

Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Look Big In This?
Friday 27 March 2020 19:30:00

The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother.

Roddy Woomble
Sunday 29 March 2020 19:30:00

For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

Like Animals
Friday 17 April 2020 19:30:00

Like Animals is a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in human (and not-so-human) relationships.

Sma'sh Hits All Dayer
18 April (TBC)

Co-curated by local musicians, including Marie Collins from The Vegan Leather, the event will be a celebration and discovery of local talent, with an emphasis on community and nurturing Paisley’s music scene.

Friday 24 April 2020 19:30:00

Lullaby follows on from Rutherford’s projects KIN and Broth, and looks at family, ageing and the children she never had. Adding the voices of other middle-aged women who never reproduced, this film and live performance explores the personal and public aspects of this emotionally loaded terrain.

Arcade – Heidi Talbot and Adam Holmes
Sunday 26 April 2020 19:30:00

For the first time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material together.

Tuesday 28 April 2020 19:30:00

Worn is an exquisite and emotive new dance production, exploring how the body is affected by time and space, and the experiences, marks and scars that become part of our history and affect our present as well as our possible futures.

Islets of Silence (The C Word)
2nd May 2:30pm & 7:30pm

The Gourley’s are a typical Glasgow family. Husband, wife son and daughter. Life is good to them until one of them is diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Their world is turned upside down. Yet, as in life, there is always hope. The main message throughout this play is to raise awareness of this silent killer.

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