Return to the Granite City

12th July 2017

Following a stellar success last summer, we’re thrilled to be heading north once again this August for the second Aberdeen Booked! Festival – a two-day literary feast for all ages, hosted once agai...

ReimagiNation Rolls On

29th June 2017

The Book Festival’s ReimagiNation tour of Scotland’s five New Towns continues in August as we head to two fascinating areas in the west of Scotland, each with their own distinct character and histo...

Chris Leslie: A Disappearing City?

10th May 2017

Award-winning Glaswegian photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie embarked on a project to document the changing face of Glasgow in 2014, capturing a city in the throes of another transformation, li...

Boundless Talents

5th May 2017

Books might not make you think loud and lively, but Unbound is just that — a thrilling cabaret-style event with live music, hilarious and haunting readings from authors often showing new sides to...

David Bishop: Dredd Dystopias

28th April 2017

David Bishop is a writer of novels, screenplays, graphic novels and non-fiction. A former editor of British science fiction anthology 2000AD, he is the co-writer of that comic’s unfiltered histor...

Diane Watters: New Town, My Town

19th April 2017

Diane M Watters is an architectural historian. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and conservation in Scotland, she has recently authored St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross:...

Festival Programme Unveiled

12th April 2017

Last week we launched the programme for a new Festival, ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld, which takes place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2017. Writers, artists, musicians and poets including Liz Lochh...

Moving Pictures, Hidden Clocks

24th March 2017

Daniel Gray continues his exploration of life in Cumbernauld past, present and future. Here, he finds out what signs and symbols hold meaning for local residents, and gets an insight into what they...

Fresh Plans

15th March 2017

Ishbel McFarlane has performed her new interactive theatre experience with groups of young and old residents of Cumbernauld. Here, she shares some insights in to the towns each group built during t...

Stories Under the Surface

3rd March 2017

Mike Nicholson has been working with pupils in Kildrum, Carbrain, St Mary’s and St Margaret of Scotland Primary Schools in Cumbernauld. Here he shares his initial reactions to the sessions with the...

ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld

1st March 2017

This week we formally announced our next major Booked! project — ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld. You may have read our previous posts introducing Mike Nicholson, Daniel Gray and Ishbel McFarlane, who...

Cumbernauld: Meet Ishbel McFarlane

9th February 2017

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the quest...

Cumbernauld: Meet Daniel Gray

2nd February 2017

Ahead of a series of special workshops with the young and old of Cumbernauld, we asked our three resident artists to introduce themselves and share their thoughts on how they’d approach the quest...

Cumbernauld: Meet Mike Nicholson

24th January 2017

I’m Mike Nicholson, an Edinburgh-based children’s author who enjoys writing for others to read, as well as working with others to create their own stories. It took me a while to get into writin...

From New Town to New Towns

13th January 2017

Across 2017 and 2018 Booked! is going on a tour of Scotland’s New Towns – Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Irvine, Glenrothes and Livingston. We’ll work with local people and organisations in each are...

What’s it called?

15th December 2016

The New Town of Cumbernauld began coming to life 60 years ago next year. Located on the north eastern outskirts of a then overcrowded post-war Glasgow, the developers brought ideas of modernity to ...

A year in Booked!

24th November 2016

Booked! has been bigger and better than ever this year. We’ve travelled far and wide, engaged thousands of people and worked with hundreds of partners, authors, artists and more. We want to give yo...

Jeffrey Archer

10th November 2016

At the core of Booked! is a desire to expand engagement with literature and book events in communities across the country. Readers come in all flavours and we passionately believe in providing some...

HMP Edinburgh and Greenock

1st October 2016

Booked! and the Book Festival have a longstanding commitment to engaging prison inmates in literary and cultural activities. Building on the success of an event with musician Edwyn Collins last yea...

From Lahore to Lewis and Harris

2nd September 2016

One of our most exciting Booked! activities of the year took us from Edinburgh to the Hebrides, via Pakistan. Originally organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together ...

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