Paisley Book Festival has announced that Glasgow-based poet, theatre-maker, and musician, Imogen Stirling, as its first Writer-in-Residence.

Funded by Creative Scotland, the first ever residency will take a digital form in 2020, which will include engaging online workshops and events.

The theme for this year is Radical New Futures, which centres around the pandemic and our ability to be resilient, re-build and create new narratives.

Festival Co-producer Keira Brown said: “We had a fantastic response to the programme with many strong applications for the post, and was, by no means, an easy task to appoint our first-ever Writer-in-Residence. Imogen had some very creative and interesting approaches to community-led workshops that we felt would be more effective for groups who have been most affected by lockdown to engage with the Festival.

“We are thrilled with her appointment and very excited to see what comes from her time with us”

Imogen Stirling said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Paisley Book Festival’s first Writer-in-Residence.

“In a tumultuous year, this role offers brilliant scope for social connection and creative outreach, nurturing new literary voices to represent Paisley’s diverse community. Day by day, the call for inspirational radicalism that will build a better future grows louder – I look forward to creating exciting work in response.”

Imogen will take up her post with immediate effect.

The Paisley Book Festival is funded by Renfrewshire Council and delivered in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure as part of Future Paisley.

The second Paisley Book Festival will take place between Thursday, 18th February and Saturday, 27th February 2020.

Main photo: Imogen Stirling. Photo Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic