About ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld

1947: The New Towns Act is passed.
1957: The first sod of the New Town is cut.
1967: The Town Centre complex is opened.

What happened next?

ReimagiNation: Cumbernauld is a festival weekend bringing stories out of the shadows of the New Town’s infamous architecture.

Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with CultureNL and having taken input from hundreds of local residents, workers and organisations, this festival weekend launches an 18 month tour of Scotland’s 5 New Towns with an exciting programme of events, debates, workshops, readings, performances, walking tours, exhibitions and more for adults and children.

From crime fiction to local history and sci-fi to sport, we listened to what local people want as we built ReimagiNation, ensuring there are events for all ages and all interests as well as plenty of free drop-in activities. There’s even a pop-up Waterstones bookshop on Teviot Walk, and Cumbernauld Librarians will be on the ground level too.

ReimagiNation is a chance to tell your story in your town, and hear others from some of the best authors and performers around.

Part of Festival of Museums 2017, and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


Books, reimagined

Books and stories are hugely diverse, and so are we.

Traditional events see authors talk about their writing and lives. They may read extracts and take your questions. You can usually chat with them afterwards too.

But from lively debates to fascinating reading workshops, creative sessions for kids to food events, and theatrical performances to cabaret nights, a Book Festival event can offer something special to everyone.

Visit our YouTube page to see videos of Edinburgh International Book Festival events or check out our audio gallery to download podcasts of some of our past events with great authors and storytellers.