ReimagiNation: East Kilbride

A Festival uncovering the human stories behind the buildings in one of Scotland’s New Towns.
Sat 19 – Mon 21 August
East Kilbride Arts Centre, The Village Theatre and The Village Centre
Tickets on sale now
#ReimagiNation

Make Awesome Comics with Neill Cameron

Sat 19 Aug 2017 5:00pm (90 minutes)
East Kilbride Arts Centre
£5 / £3.50 concessions
Ages 8+ | Suitable for adults

Comic fans of all ages, meet a master of the art and create your own cool illustrated stories. Neill Cameron, a regular contributor to The Phoenix and author of How to Make Awesome Comics and Mega Robo Bros, leads this interactive event where you’ll find out what it takes to create madcap adventures, tell striking stories and design iconic characters. …

M R Carey & Joe Hill: Apocalypse Now

Sat 19 Aug 2017 7:00pm (60 minutes)
East Kilbride Arts Centre
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Meet two writers of hard-hitting thrillers and hear how they create their chilling stories of societal collapse. DC and Marvel writer Mike Carey is back on novel-creating duty with The Boy on the Bridge, which follows up his monumentally successful The Girl With All the Gifts (now a critically acclaimed film) and digs further into a world on the brink …

East Kilbride Unbound!

Sat 19 Aug 2017 8:30pm (120 minutes)
East Kilbride Arts Centre
Free event | Drop-in

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 their work, and a bar. And it’s completely free to attend! Taking place nightly at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, we’re excited to bring the same wild, …

Your New Town Tales

Sun 20 Aug 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
The Village Centre
Free event | Drop-in
All ages

Writer, TV presenter and social historian Daniel Gray joins us for this latest stage of the ReimagiNation tour, gathering your stories of New Town life. Drop in and pin your tale on our big East Kilbride map, drawing inspiration from images and items from the local archive. Whether you have two minutes to spare for a one-liner, or longer to …

Magic Carpet Storytelling

Sun 20 Aug 2017 11:30am (30 minutes)
Mon 21 Aug 2017 10:30am (30 minutes)
The Village Centre
Free event but ticket required
Ages 0-2 with an adult

Meet storytellers from the National Museum of Rural Life. Climb aboard our Magic Carpet to discover fascinating collections through songs, stories, and hands-on activities.    

Greg Sinclair: A Piece of You

Sun 20 Aug 2017 11:30am - 6:00pm
The Village Centre
Free event but ticket required. 30 min slots bookable, 1 ticket admits up to 3 people
All ages, under 14s accompanied by an adult

Imagine telling a story about yourself and then having it turned into a song! A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your thoughts and feelings into your very own music score in …

Nick Sharratt with a King and a Cat!

Sun 20 Aug 2017 12:30pm (60 minutes)
The Village Centre
£2.50 | Ticket admits one child and one adult
Ages 4 - 7

Join one of the nation’s favourite author-illustrators Nick Sharratt for a fun family event full of laughs, games, live drawing and stories. As well as collaborating with authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson, creating some of the most well-recognised illustrations in children’s literature, Nick is the author of the massively popular Shark in the Park series. In The Cat …

Guided Tour of St Bride’s Church

Sun 20 Aug 2017 2:00pm (60 minutes)
St Bride's Church
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Please meet inside the main entrance at 1.45pm. The iconic St Bride’s Church is 50 years old! You may know that it was designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, architects firmly linked to Scotland’s New Towns, but on this special behind-the-scenes tour of the church and its grounds with local parishioner and guide Chris Carr, you’ll uncover the human stories …

Spangles McNasty with Chris Mould and Steve Webb

Sun 20 Aug 2017 2:00pm (60 minutes)
The Village Theatre
£2.50 | Ticket admits one child and one adult
Ages 6 - 9

Hilariously horrible Spangles McNasty is back and up to his old tricks! In Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom, our villain has inherited a rickety old rollercoaster and is trying to get rich quick by tricking people onto it. Can local boy Freddie stop him in his tracks? Come along to find out how Steve Webb uses bonkers language …

John Gordon Sinclair: Caught in a Trap

Sun 20 Aug 2017 2:00pm (60 minutes)
The Village Centre
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Mirroring his success on the Scottish screen – including as the hero of New Town set Gregory’s Girl – actor turned author John Gordon Sinclair introduces his third sinister crime novel, Walk in Silence. When a brutal organised crime outfit kidnaps a boy and demands one of their own is released, lawyer Keira Lynch is caught in a bind: cooperate, …

Magic Carpet Storytelling

Sun 20 Aug 2017 3:00pm (30 minutes)
The Village Centre
Free event but ticket required
Ages 3-5 with an adult

Meet storytellers from the National Museum of Rural Life. Climb aboard our Magic Carpet to discover fascinating collections through songs, stories, and hands-on activities.

Plan: Build Your New Town

Sun 20 Aug 2017 3:30pm (90 minutes)
The Village Theatre
£5 / £3.50 concessions
Ages 8+ | Suitable for adults

Ever thought you could make your town better, or even create an entirely new one? Join theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane for Plan. Part game, part performance, audiences build an imaginary New Town for 40,000 people in a fun, thought-provoking show suitable for adults and kids.

Brian Conaghan & Sarah Crossan: Star Cross’d

Sun 20 Aug 2017 3:45pm (60 minutes)
The Village Centre
£5 / £3.50 concessions
Ages 14+

Carnegie Medal shortlisted YA authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan met in 2015 and began composing their new heartbreaking novel in WhatsApp messages to one another. That modern inventiveness infuses We Come Apart, a contemporary Romeo and Juliet story revolving around Nicu, a Romanian immigrant trying to fit in, and Jess, a popular girl with a surprising taste for shoplifting. …

Angus Farquhar & Diane Watters: Birth, Death, Renewal

Sun 20 Aug 2017 3:45pm (60 minutes)
St Bride's Church
£5 / £3.50 concessions

As St Bride’s Church undergoes its own renovation, join us for a discussion about another iconic Gillespie, Kidd and Coia designed building and the ways in which it is being transformed for the future. In St Peter’s, Cardross, architectural historian Diane Watters and Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of the Glasgow-based arts organisation NVA, tell the fascinating story of the short-lived …

Christopher Beanland & Tom Dyckhoff: Concrete Conundrums

Sun 20 Aug 2017 5:30pm (60 minutes)
The Village Centre
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Depending on your view, modern towns and cities  – including East Kilbride – are either a triumph of design or the painful result of architectural tyranny. Writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff examines the radical facelifts our urban spaces have been given over the last half century in The Age of Spectacle, concluding that certain experiments backfired – and the consequences …

Debate: East Kilbride – Original and Best?

Sun 20 Aug 2017 7:00pm (90 minutes)
The Village Centre
Free event but ticket required

East Kilbride is Scotland’s oldest New Town, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its designation earlier this year and sitting alongside Paisley as the country’s largest town. Yet while it is perhaps held up as the most successful of the five 20th century developments in the public imagination, problems persist, with one local councillor calling for the town to regain its …

Bearspotting with Michelle Robinson

Mon 21 Aug 2017 11:00am (45 minutes)
Mon 21 Aug 2017 1:30pm (45 minutes)
The Village Theatre (11am) | The Village Centre (1pm)
Free event but ticketed
Ages 2-4

Become a bear spotter with the help of Michelle Robinson’s wonderful, laugh-out-loud A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting. Take part in fun games and crafts as you learn all about our lumbering furry friends. Get out of your cave and along to this event to make sure you’re fully prepared for a visit to Bear Country!   Michelle Robinson is the …