ReimagiNation: Glenrothes

A new book festival for Fife’s New Town at the Rothes Halls, marking 70 years of Glenrothes. Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust .
Thursday 17 — Saturday 19 May 2018.

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Reimagine Glenrothes’ Public Art

Thu 17 May 2018 9:00am - 7:00pm
Fri 18 May 2018 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sat 19 May 2018 9:00am - 7:00pm
Rothes Halls
Free event
All ages

Grab one of our incredible activity booklets and approach Glenrothes’ iconic public art in exciting new ways! Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve have lived there for decades, you’ll be struck by the volume and variety of the New Town’s installations. Illustration students from the Edinburgh College of Art worked with pupils from St Paul’s RC Primary School in …

Talking New Towns with the National Library of Scotland

Thu 17 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 18 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 19 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Free event | Drop-in

The National Library of Scotland helps mark 70 years of Scotland’s New Towns with a fascinating exhibition and family-friendly activity programme at ReimagiNation: Glenrothes. See original New Towns promotional films and town plans, hear original recordings and get your creative juices flowing as you leave your own memories for future citizens and draw your own 21st century New Town. A …

Paint the Town with Recoat

Thu 17 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 18 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 19 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Free event | Drop-in
All ages

From enormous public murals to intimate community projects, Amy Whiten and Alistair Wyllie of Glasgow-based Recoat Design work to place art at the very heart of the community. Drop in to this hands-on workshop and be guided by these wonderful artists to create and contribute to new pieces of work inspired by Glenrothes’s eye-catching collection of public art, showing how …

The Time Travelling Book Club

Thu 17 May 2018 11:00am (90 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions | Includes refreshments

Journey back to the birth of Glenrothes as this special book club meeting dives into the most popular publications from 1948 to celebrate the town’s 70th anniversary. You’ll receive a loaned copy of a specially selected book in advance before meeting other readers at the event to share your thoughts, vote for your favourite and find out how the tastes …

A Story at Lunch

Thu 17 May 2018 1:00pm (45 minutes)
Rothes Halls
Free event but ticket required | Light lunch provided

Take a seat, get comfy and tuck in! A deliciously talented line-up of authors will entertain you with short readings from their work while you eat. Will it be crime, poetry, sci-fi or beautifully written prose to whisk you away somewhere new? Come along and see for yourself. Good food, good company and a novel way to spend your lunch …

James Crawford: Scotland from the Sky

Thu 17 May 2018 2:30pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

Join writer and TV presenter James Crawford as he unveils his new, lavishly illustrated book Scotland from the Sky, published to accompany his landmark three-part BBC Scotland documentary series which begins airing on Wed 16 May. James shares interesting insights from his research, answers your questions and shares clips from the show. The view from above offers us a unique …

Tales of Your Town

Thu 17 May 2018 4:30pm (120 minutes)
Rothes Halls
Free event but ticket required | Afternoon tea provided

Join us to celebrate the conclusion of a wonderful three-month project which has challenged local people — including pupils at Auchmuty High School, members of WalkON and a local Breathe Easy group — to rethink Glenrothes and find new ways to tell their tales of their town. Hosted by people’s historian Daniel Gray, who has worked closely with all the …

Judy Murray: Holding Court

Thu 17 May 2018 7:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

A tennis star in her own right before her Grand Slam winning sons took British Tennis to new heights, Judy Murray played a vital but often unsung role in revolutionising the sport in this country, and continues to innovate today. A champion of women’s rights, an activist for youngsters in the sport and a role model to anyone with a …

A Turn About the New Town: Walking Tour

Fri 18 May 2018 11:00am (90 minutes)
Departs from the Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions | Meet at 10.45am in the Rothes Halls

Reimagine Glenrothes with this specially designed walking tour led by historian Diane Watters. Whether you’ve lived in the town for all of its 70 years or you’re just visiting for the day, Diane’s interactive tour takes you to various locations to learn more of the story of Fife’s New Town. Taking in St Columba’s and St Paul’s and St Mary’s …

The Great Tapestry of Scotland: Fife Panels

Fri 18 May 2018 12:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

One of the biggest community art projects ever undertaken in Scotland produced perhaps the most incredible historical record of the nation: The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Panels detailing centuries of Scottish history were stitched by over 1000 volunteers from all corners of the country, taking more than 50,000 hours to complete. Today, two of the project’s pioneers come together to …

A Story at Lunch

Fri 18 May 2018 1:00pm (45 minutes)
Rothes Halls
Free event but ticket required | Light lunch provided

Take a seat, get comfy and tuck in! A deliciously talented line-up of authors will entertain you with short readings from their work while you eat. Will it be crime, poetry, sci-fi or beautifully written prose to whisk you away somewhere new? Come along and see for yourself. Good food, good company and a novel way to spend your lunch …

The Teeger that Cam for his Tea

Fri 18 May 2018 2:30pm (45 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 person and 1 carer | Designed for people with severe and multiple learning disabilities
All ages

Performer Hazel Darwin-Clements brings to life a new Scots version of Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea in a gentle, interactive storytelling session specially created for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and their carers. There will be songs, fun games and sensory play. A fitting celebration of a cherished picture book — with …

*CANCELLED* James Aldred: Attenborough’s Man Behind the Camera

Fri 18 May 2018 3:00pm (90 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

NOTE: DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ALL PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE REFUNDED, PLEASE CONTACT THE ROTHES HALLS FOR INFORMATION: 01592 611101. James Aldred is the real deal. You may not know the name, but you’ve seen his work. As an Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman and adventurer, he travels the world filming for landmark BBC …

Christopher Brookmyre & Mark Billingham: Kings of Crime

Fri 18 May 2018 5:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

Two of the best crime writers in the business come together to introduce their most daring works to date. Mark Billingham’s terrifying new DI Tom Thorne thriller, Love Like Blood, features a stunning twist, while Christopher Brookmyre’s Places in the Darkness goes further than his fiction has ever gone before — into the unforgiving emptiness of space. Two good friends …

An Evening of Whisky, Words and Music

Fri 18 May 2018 7:00pm (120 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£7 / £4.50 concessions | Taster whisky included
18+

Pull up a pew with a dram, or two, and settle in for a mouth-watering evening savouring what Scotland’s best at: whisky and writing, music and mischief. Nikki Welch and Blair Bowman, authors of the bestselling The Pocket Guide to Whisky present a tasting session specially selected for the night. It is a taste tour fit for novices and experts …

Tall Tales About the Town

Sat 19 May 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Free event | Performances around the Kingdom Shopping Centre
Ages 6+ | Fun for adults too!

See Glenrothes in a weird and wonderful new light. Hilarious storytelling duo Macastory tour the famous public art sprinkled around the Kingdom Shopping Centre in a series of interactive routines, with songs, raps and stories unravelling the hidden histories of the town. Meet intriguing characters, discover fascinating facts and prepare to laugh your socks off in these fun-filled pop-up performances …

A Turn About the New Town: Walking Tour

Sat 19 May 2018 11:00am (90 minutes)
Departs from the Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions | Meet at 10.45am in the Rothes Halls

Reimagine Glenrothes with this specially designed walking tour led by historian Diane Watters. Whether you’ve lived in the town for all of its 70 years or you’re just visiting for the day, Diane’s interactive tour takes you to various locations to learn more of the story of Fife’s New Town. Taking in St Columba’s and St Paul’s and St Mary’s …

21 Years of Harry Potter Magic

Sat 19 May 2018 11:30am (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 child and 1 adult | Fancy dress encouraged!
Ages 6+

Come and celebrate 21 years of the magical world of Harry Potter. As you explore the four houses of Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot, discover fun facts about the Harry Potter books and take part in some of the key elements of life at the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – including the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions class and much …

The Teeger that Cam for his Tea

Sat 19 May 2018 11:30am (45 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 child and 1 adult
Ages 3-6

Roar like a ‘muckle, strippit teeger’ and grab a ‘hail plate o pieces’ as writer and performer Hazel Darwin-Clements brings to life a new Scots version of Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea in an exciting, lively interactive storytelling session for children. Get involved with lots of fun activities and games, explore the story and …

Sally Magnusson: Gifted Storytelling

Sat 19 May 2018 12:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions | Cakes provided by BB's Bakers + Baristas

Half Icelandic, half Scottish, the broadcaster, journalist and bestselling writer Sally Magnusson has inherited a rich storytelling tradition. Her new novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, brilliantly reimagines the true events of a pirate raid on one of Iceland’s Westman Islands in 1627, when a pastor, his wife and children — and half their island — were abducted into slavery. What happened …

Archie Macpherson: A Pundit and a Pie

Sat 19 May 2018 12:30pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions | Meat or veggie pie provided

Across almost three decades Archie Macpherson was the voice of a nation’s hopes, commentating on every one of Scotland’s World Cup matches from 1974 to our most recent tournament appearance, 20 years ago, in 1998. Those days are gone now, but Archie’s new book Adventures in the Golden Age brings the on and off-field dramas he witnessed vividly to life, …

Plan: Build a New Town

Sat 19 May 2018 1:00pm (90 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 child and 1 adult
Ages 9+ | Fun for adults too!

If you could build your own town from scratch, what would you put in it – a cinema, a park or a hospital? In theatre maker Ishbel McFarlane’s Plan, you get the chance to make the big decisions – but will it be so easy? Offering a thought-provoking spin on how Glenrothes’s New Town came to be, Plan is a …

Everything You Wanted to Know About Poetry

Sat 19 May 2018 1:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

… but were afraid to ask. Lilias Fraser, Projects Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library, has made it her mission to smash the barriers preventing people reading poems. Sometimes daunting, often difficult, and definitely vast, the world of poetry is unknown even for many hardened readers. In this workshop you’ll have an expert helping hand to guide you through the …

Val McDermid: Fife’s Finest

Sat 19 May 2018 2:15pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions
BSL interpreted

Fans of Fife crime-writing legend Val McDermid’s Wire in the Blood thrillers, rejoice: two of her most famous characters are back. DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill return in Insidious Intent, setting pulses racing once more as they delve into a dark and disturbing string of tragedies, exposing a tangled web of fear and revenge that will challenge …

The Teeger that Cam for his Tea

Sat 19 May 2018 2:30pm (45 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 child and 1 adult
Ages 3—6

Roar like a ‘muckle, strippit teeger’ and grab a ‘hail plate o pieces’ as writer and performer Hazel Darwin-Clements brings to life a new Scots version of Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea in an exciting, lively interactive storytelling session for children. Get involved with lots of fun activities and games, explore the story and …

Create Comic Characters with Tanya Roberts

Sat 19 May 2018 3:30pm (90 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£3 ticket admits 1 child and 1 adult | Materials provided
Ages 10+

Don’t tell our novelist friends, but we think comics are possibly the most exciting way to tell stories, especially for children. Filled with incredible worlds and colourful characters, they offer limitless opportunities for creative minds, let friends collaborate to write and draw together and even allow tales told on the big and small screen to continue too. Tanya Roberts is …

Debate: Glenrothes – A New Day?

Sat 19 May 2018 4:00pm (90 minutes)
Rothes Halls
Free event but ticket required

Glenrothes has always been ‘unusual’, has always had to strive for identity. Alone among Scotland’s New Towns, it was not designed as an overspill site for Glasgow but as a development to house workers at a nearby colliery. As the coal industry declined, the town became instead a focal point of ‘Silicon Glen’, the heart of Scotland’s burgeoning technology sector. …

Doug Johnstone: Faultless New Fiction

Sat 19 May 2018 6:00pm (60 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£5 / £3 concessions

Be among the first to fall for a fresh thriller as bestselling Scottish crime writer Doug Johnstone launches his outstanding new novel Fault Lines in Glenrothes. Join the award-winning author, journalist, musician and Doctor in Nuclear Physics to hear about his latest psychological page-turner, set in a reimagined modern Edinburgh where the Firth of Forth sits on an active volcanic …

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

Sat 19 May 2018 7:30pm (120 minutes)
Rothes Halls
£7 / £4.50 concessions

It’s murder on the dancefloor! The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers make a devilishly fun appearance, rocking the stage at the Rothes Halls with a riotous selection of inspired cover tunes. Fun-loving but seriously talented, this high-calibre band is formed of top crime-writing-turned-music stars Mark Billingham (guitar, vocals), Doug Johnstone (drums, guitar, vocals), Stuart Neville (guitar, harmonica), Val McDermid (vocals), Chris …